| Jan 23, 2011
In 1984, when he was 51, novelist Reynolds Price learned that a pencil-shaped tumor, about 10 inches long and malignant, had invaded his spine. Several surgeries and dozens of radiation treatments followed, leaving him a paraplegic racked with pain and...
| Dec 25, 2010
| 1:24 PM
Things to know about our club: Women Who Read has been in existence for 14 years, beginning as a small group of co-workers who then brought along friends and neighbors. We're a diverse group, with careers ranging from artist to scientist, but our love...
| Jul 8, 2010
One thing to know about our book club: We are all residents of the Carillon Club of Naperville, a development for people 55 years and older. We meet monthly. Each month's featured book is chosen from a list of books suggested by the group members.
| Jul 12, 2012
| 3:34 PM
The Nightingales are a nucleus of school nursesthat are employed by schools in Lake Forest and Lake Bluff.
We'd like to meet Jeannette Walls, author of "The Glass Castle." She describes such a hardscrabble childhood that we would like to ask her how...
| Mar 30, 2012
| 2:55 PM
With her 20th novel, "The Beginner's Goodbye," about to be released, Baltimore novelist Anne Tyler is already hard at work on her 21st — a "sprawling family saga that goes on and on and on" that she'll be writing backward, beginning with the ending....
| Jan 16, 2009
Hortense Calisher, a prize-winning writer and former president of PEN known for her dense prose in such works of fiction as "False Entry" and "In Greenwich There Are Many Gravelled Walks," has died in New York City. She was 97.
Calisher died Tuesday in...
| Jan 15, 2010
"Face it: we forget things every day of our lives. You're missing lots of chunks! But you don't dwell on those, now, do you?"
So says the doctor to Liam Pennywell, the 60-year-old protagonist of Anne Tyler's new novel, "Noah's Compass" -- ostensibly to...
| Jan 24, 2010
|| Fiction || Weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined as they change a Mississippi town. || 33 ||
|| 2. || The Girl Who Played...
| Feb 14, 2010
|| Fiction || weeks on list ||
|| 1. || The Help by Kathryn Stockett (Putnam: $24.95) The lives of a maid, a cook and a college graduate become intertwined as they change a Mississippi town. || 36 ||
|| 2. || First Rule by Robert...
| Nov 28, 2007
LET'S hit the high points of Judith Jones' career: pushed through the American translation of "The Diary of Anne Frank" and published Julia Child's "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." Edited food legends such as Child, Marcella Hazan, Madhur Jaffrey,...
| Jun 9, 2005
Lunch was long over, the conversation lingered, and Alice's patience was wearing skittishly thin. A girl couldn't wait all afternoon. At last the guest stood from the dining table to leave, but not just yet, please, journalist and photographer Jamie...
| Apr 26, 2009
There's a book I don't remember well, though I can remember precisely where I found it in my elementary school library -- three yards to the right of the door, in the middle of the third shelf from the floor.
I was, and remain, a compulsive reader. Back...