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  • Review: 'In the Unlikely Event' by Judy Blume

    Review: 'In the Unlikely Event' by Judy Blume
    If you've ever wondered how childhood experiences impact a novelist's plots and characters, consider this. In December 1951, Judy Blume was in the eighth grade at Hamilton Junior High in Elizabeth, N.J., when a plane crashed in the city limits. Two more...
  • Review: 'Primates of Park Avenue' by Wednesday Martin

    Review: 'Primates of Park Avenue' by Wednesday Martin
    Wednesday Martin had a delicious idea: Treat her wealthy Park Avenue neighbors like the subjects of an anthropological expedition. She would learn the unusual folkways of this insular culture and reveal them to a curious world. She had the opportunity...
  • The Biblioracle: Culture consumers should step outside their sandboxes

    The Biblioracle: Culture consumers should step outside their sandboxes
    For several weeks before and several days after the finale of "Mad Men," it seemed like I could not avoid it as a subject of conversation online. There were articles covering every aspect of the show: writing, directing, acting, costumes, themes, its...
  • Algren winner on her memorable tale about forgetting

    Algren winner on her memorable tale about forgetting
    Brenda Peynado had a promising career with IBM, but writing was always something she did. When her mom was diagnosed with cancer, she took a leave of absence from her job to move home and help out. That's when she decided to seriously consider...
  • Finding five pieces of CAKE

    Finding five pieces of CAKE
    The Chicago Alternative Comics Expo, otherwise known as CAKE, took over the Center on Halsted last weekend for its fourth-annual weekend of speech-bubble appreciation. It's easier to define alternative comics by what they aren't: no slick superheroes, but...
  • Brian Grazer on 'A Curious Mind'

    Brian Grazer on 'A Curious Mind'
    Hollywood producer Brian Grazer is one curious guy. For more than 35 years, Grazer —whose credits include the films "Splash," "Apollo 13," "8 Mile," "American Gangster" and "A Beautiful Mind" along with the TV series "Friday Night Lights," "Arrested...
  • Review: 'The Wolf Border' by Sarah Hall

    Review: 'The Wolf Border' by Sarah Hall
    Early in Sarah Hall's new novel, "The Wolf Border," a zoologist admires the stark and bloody death of a wolf in the wild. The animal is the alpha male of his pack, but he's also getting old. After engaging a younger challenger in a status fight, he doesn'...
  • Children's book roundup: 'Tad and Dad,' more

    Children's book roundup: 'Tad and Dad,' more
    Tad and Dad by David Ezra Stein, Nancy Paulsen, 40 pages, $16.99, ages 3 to 5 Can the bond between a pint-sized daddy's boy and his sleep-deprived hero ever be depicted in all of its hilarious, heartwarming splendor? Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra...
  • Review: 'The Daemon Knows' by Harold Bloom

    Review: 'The Daemon Knows' by Harold Bloom
    Every book by Harold Bloom I've read — 19, now, of 36 — is a mess. The popular works produced over the last 25 years, in particular, seem to have been composed according to the structural principles of a teenage boy's bedroom. This shambolic...
  • E-reader: Inspired insanity

    E-reader: Inspired insanity
    What Makes the "Lion Whisperer" Roar? by Susan Orlean, Smithsonian Magazine, 20-minute read, free Kevin Richardson doesn't hesitate to hug a 400-pound lion. Susan Orlean's riveting profile for Smithsonian Magazine follows "the Lion Whisperer" and asks a...
  • Chicago book news: New Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke book released

    Chicago book news: New Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke book released
    "The Status of All Things" by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke was published by Washington Square June 2. A woman discovers her real life begins to mirror what she posts as her Facebook status after her fiancé dumps her for her close friend and co-worker....