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  • Scott Ellsworth on 'The Secret Game'

    Scott Ellsworth on 'The Secret Game'
    On a Sunday morning in the spring of 1944, two college basketball teams laced up and squared off against each other in Durham, N.C. The game wasn't advertised; almost no one but the players and coaches themselves knew what was happening. The doors to...
  • The Biblioracle: Does centireading have legs?

    The Biblioracle: Does centireading have legs?
    Writing in the Guardian newspaper recently, novelist and Esquire columnist Stephen Marche extolled the virtues of "centireading." You read that correctly. He has read a book a hundred times. Two books, actually, "Hamlet," as part of his graduate...
  • Veronica Roth on 'Insurgent' film adaptation

    Veronica Roth on 'Insurgent' film adaptation
    Young-adult author Veronica Roth admits she was a bit starstruck the first time she met Kate Winslet, who plays sinister Erudite leader Jeanine Matthews in the film adaptations of Roth's wildly popular "Divergent" trilogy. "I didn't want to be starstruck,...
  • Review: 'Hausfrau' by Jill Alexander Essbaum

    Review: 'Hausfrau' by Jill Alexander Essbaum
    A cross between Anna Karenina and the eponymous mad housewife, the expatriate American "hausfrau" Anna Benz seems to be careening out of control. By the time we meet her, the protagonist of Jill Alexander Essbaum's elegant, erotic and ultimately tragic...
  • Review: 'Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be' by Frank Bruni

    Review: 'Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be' by Frank Bruni
    A parent comes in to talk with a counselor in the College and Career Center of a suburban high school. She has some questions about college admission. A few minutes into the conversation, the parent says, "Let me go get my son, I want him to hear this."...
  • Review: 'Barefoot Dogs' by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho

    Review: 'Barefoot Dogs' by Antonio Ruiz-Camacho
    Writing about the missing is an exercise in filling silences. The kidnapped Mexican patriarch at the center of Antonio Ruiz-Camacho's debut collection "Barefoot Dogs" doesn't make his appearance until the last story; by then, he's already in pieces. It'...
  • Finding empathy in the essay

    Finding empathy in the essay
    In 1988, Robert Atwan, series editor of "Best American Essays," made this provocative pronouncement: "Never before — except perhaps in the days of Emerson and Thoreau — have so many fine writers begun to explore (the essay's) literary...
  • Review: 'Crow Fair' by Thomas McGuane

    Review: 'Crow Fair' by Thomas McGuane
    There is a moment in the title story of Thomas McGuane's new collection, "Crow Fair," in which Earl, the protagonist, sits down with his brother Kurt to confront Roland White Clay, the Crow chief who, the brothers have recently learned, once had an affair...
  • Reader of the Week: Karen Lewis

    Reader of the Week: Karen Lewis
    Who I am Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis from the South Side of Chicago. One unique thing about me My mother read to me every single night. I equated reading with love, imagination and a way to experience a completely different life....
  • Paul Pryma on 'Coaches of Chicago'

    Paul Pryma on 'Coaches of Chicago'
    Choosing a topic to write about for the dissertation that would become his first book was a slam-dunk for veteran educator and rookie author Paul Pryma. Working toward his doctorate from National Louis University in Chicago, Pryma was encouraged to...
  • Children's roundup: 'Roller Girl,' more

    Children's roundup: 'Roller Girl,' more
    Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, Dial Books for Young Readers, $12.99, ages 9-12 At age 12, Astrid discovers a new goal: She wants to be a daring roller girl, smashing her way to victory like her new hero, Rainbow Bite. Astrid's best friend, Nicole, on...