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Summer reading doesn't have to mean light reading. A summer vacation can offer the free time to grapple with weighty themes. Whether you're lying on the beach or pressed against the air conditioner this month, you might give one of these idea-driven books...
Tags: Jonathan Franzen, Donald Antrim
Special to the Los Angeles TimesGuilt was Patricia Highsmith's great theme. In her books even the good know they're not innocent, and they carry an apprehension that they too will be found out. "Night was falling quickly, with visible speed like a black sea creeping over the earth,"...
Los Angeles TimesThoughts Without Cigarettes A Memoir Oscar Hijuelos Gotham Books: 367 pp., $27.50 Was there ever a time and place more alive and unpredictable than New York City in the middle decades of the 20th century? Oscar Hijuelos was lucky enough to live there...
Jacket CopySomewhere in New York this week, Bill Ryan might be found standing in line after an author's reading, waiting his turn for a few words and a signature. While some people get nervous waiting to speak to an author, Ryan......
Vanishing Point Not a Memoir Ander Monson Graywolf Press: 192 pp., $16 "I can only try to make my burden of proof, and show you a preponderance of evidence, of fact and fiction, on my behalf," writes Ander Monson in "Vanishing Point: Not a Memoir." "I...
Fugue State Stories Brian Evenson Coffee House Press: 208 pp., $14.95 paper Brian Evenson is the Donald Barthelme of psychological horror. Over a career of four novels and five story collections, he has birthed a distinctive, postmodern style for...
Tags: Brown University, Fiction, Firearms, Defense, Crime (genre)
Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine A Novel Stanley Crawford Dalkey Archive Press: 114 pp., $12.95 paper ORIGINALLY published in 1972, Stanley Crawford's allegorical novel "Log of the S.S. the Mrs. Unguentine" has been in and out of print for years....
Tags: Suicide, Moby, Cormac McCarthy, Gertrude Stein, Marriage
Special to the Tribunehttp://entertainment.metromix.chicagotribune.com Opening Wednesday, May 22, Stephen Sondheim's 1985 Pulitzer-winning musical explores the wellsprings of creativity, both in 19th Century France and contemporary New York. It draws inspiration from an Art...
Tribune theater criticWell before Homer worked up his TripTik for "The Odyssey," as long as humankind has been taunted by the desire to flee one life and find another, writers have given us quest stories. In recent years a wide variety of playwrights, from Craig Lucas ("...
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