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  • Review: 'There Is Simply Too Much to Think About' by Saul Bellow

    Review: 'There Is Simply Too Much to Think About' by Saul Bellow
    I had long taught Saul Bellow, and have long stopped teaching Bellow. "The Adventures of Augie March," his 1954 National Book Award-winning novel, is an epic tale of Chicago imagined as an open grid of personal possibility edged by harsh economic (and...
  • The Biblioracle: Trying to break my reading slump

    The Biblioracle: Trying to break my reading slump
    I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately. I hesitate to even mention this because someone who bills himself as The Biblioracle, someone with an honest-to-goodness pipeline to the gods and goddesses of reading, shouldn't go through a reading slump,...
  • Baseball books to read this season

    Baseball books to read this season
    A new baseball season promises a fresh crop of published diamond gems. Here are five books that caught our eye. Molina by Bengie Molina with Joan Ryan, Simon & Schuster, 272 pages, $25, May 12 Quick! Tell me what three brothers who all played...
  • Richard Price on 'The Whites'

    Richard Price on 'The Whites'
    In an impressive series of literary crime novels including "Clockers" (1992), "Freedomland" (1998) and "Lush Life" (2008), Richard Price hasn't so much mined the police procedural as hijacked it. Largely uninterested in the staples of the genre —...
  • Review: 'Billy Martin' by Bill Pennington

    Review: 'Billy Martin' by Bill Pennington
    In the late 1990s and early 2000s, ESPN launched "SportsCentury," a highly successful series featuring documentaries of the important sports figures of the 20th century. The biggest stars — Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus — were...
  • Comic artist Lucy Knisley sketches out a life in Chicago

    Comic artist Lucy Knisley sketches out a life in Chicago
    Ten years ago, comic artist Lucy Knisley met a guy named John on the Internet and agreed to go for a bike ride through Wicker Park. On their first date they browsed the stacks at Myopic Books, ate sandwiches in the park and perused Quimby's eclectic...
  • The Starlight Book Club

    The Starlight Book Club
    We are: Starlight Book Club, formed in April 1996 in River Forest. We are named after the first book we read as a club. One unique thing about us: We were so inspired by "Christmas Jars" by Jason F. Wright that all year we filled a jar with spare change...
  • New in paperbacks: 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt

    New in paperbacks: 'The Goldfinch' by Donna Tartt
    The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, Back Bay, 774 pages, $20 Tartt's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel follows 13-year-old Theo Decker, who survives an explosion that kills his mother. Taken in by the wealthy family of a friend, Theo feels out of place and...
  • Science fiction roundup: 'Persona,' others

    Science fiction roundup: 'Persona,' others
    Persona by Genevieve Valentine, Saga Press, 309 pages, $24.99 The line between espionage fiction and science fiction is often blurred, from James Bond's cool gadgets to Jason Bourne's near-superhuman survival skills. So when Genevieve Valentine —...
  • Review: 'We Are Pirates' by Daniel Handler

    Review: 'We Are Pirates' by Daniel Handler
    On the back cover of the children's book, "The Bad Beginning," author Daniel Handler, writing under the pseudonym Lemony Snicket, warns his young readers that the book may be upsetting to them. "A librarian, bookseller, or acquaintance should be able to...
  • E-reader: The true story behind 'Lolita'

    E-reader: The true story behind 'Lolita'
    The Real Lolita by Sarah Weinman, 45-minute read, Hazlitt free Sarah Weinman explores the real-life abduction case that inspired Nabokov's "Lolita." In 1948, 11-year old Sally Horner was kidnapped by Frank La Salle, a grizzled former mechanic who kept...