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  • Review: Shots ring out, and a daughter's world is forever changed in 'Pieces of Her'

    Review: Shots ring out, and a daughter's world is forever changed in 'Pieces of Her'

    "If it doesn't begin, 'A shot rang out'," Kingsley Amis once declared, "I don't want to read it." Had Amis been patient with Karin Slaughter's big - and timely - thriller "Pieces of Her," he would have been well rewarded. The novel's first line lacks gunfire but whizzing bullets - hailstorms of...

  • Review: A long-awaited look behind the scenes of 'The Big Sleep' by a Chicago-native

    Review: A long-awaited look behind the scenes of 'The Big Sleep' by a Chicago-native

    Born in Chicago but, by quirk of fate, educated in England, he had some notion of becoming a writer and, toward that end, committed perfect horrors of Romantic verse before experiencing actual horror in the First World War. He married a woman 18 years his senior - the stepmother of a fellow enlistee...

  • Why kids should read beyond their years and grade level

    Why kids should read beyond their years and grade level

    I was lucky to grow up in a house full of books, and most of the books, as befits a house where the adults were in charge, were books for adults. There were books in every room, really, but a set of built-ins in the living room had the bulk of the titles. For years and years, I ignored them. Until...

  • 16 insights into the human condition from 'Unhinged,' Omarosa's tell-all memoir

    16 insights into the human condition from 'Unhinged,' Omarosa's tell-all memoir

    Parts are juicy, sure. "I believe he covets his daughter," she writes of President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka. She recalls her former boss "rambling incoherently" and calls into question his mental capacity. But most of Omarosa Manigault Newman's newly released memoir, "Unhinged: An Insider's...

  • Bill Cunningham's fashionable life recalled in two new books

    Bill Cunningham's fashionable life recalled in two new books

    Bill Cunningham died in 2016, and the Sunday New York Times just hasn’t been the same for me. You see, I’d go immediately to the Sunday Styles section and look for his photographs of New Yorkers and their fashions, both people on the street and the smart society types who posed at the assorted...

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