| Jan 17, 2011
| 9:41 AM
"The Story of Martin Luther King Jr." (2002)
By Johnny Ray Moore, illustrated by Amy Wummer
Ideals, 21 pages, $6.95
The life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. in easy-to-understand language for small children.
"Martin's Big Words: The...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 3:30 PM
It's dangerous to begin a biography with what amounts to an advertisement for oneself. "Someone else could cobble together a so-so version of your life just by mining what's stored in library boxes and electronic files," Charles J. Shields writes in the...
| Oct 14, 2010
| 9:19 AM
"Lives Like Loaded Guns: Emily Dickinson and Her Family's Feuds"
By Lyndall Gordon Viking, 472 pages, $28
Even though fewer than a dozen of Emily Dickinson’s 1,789 poems were published in her lifetime, her family and friends in Amherst,...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 8:22 AM
Joe Posnanski moved to State College, Pa., to write a much different book from the one he ended up writing.
Posnanski, a former Kansas City Star sports columnist, imagined his biography of Penn State University's heralded head football coach Joe...
| Aug 1, 2012
| 11:57 PM
Twenty years ago, Bob Spitz spent several weeks touring Sicily in the company of Julia Child.
"We ate and drank and talked. We talked about her entire life," recalled the writer of "Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child." "I had her voice in my...
| Oct 1, 2010
| 10:36 PM
Here is a puzzle for you: What do Ricky Gervais, Oscar Wilde and your very own Printer's Row have in common?
Last night I went to see Ricky Gervais' stand-up at the Chicago Theatre and he did a bit about Oscar Wilde's famous quote "I have nothing to...
| Aug 6, 2011
Diet Coke. Check.
A copy of "F. Scott Fitzgerald: A Short Autobiography" (Scribner), edited by James L. West III. Check.
If you're on your way to see — or see again — "Midnight in Paris," the latest film...
| Oct 25, 2010
| 5:41 PM
"Franklin Delano Roosevelt"
By Alan Brinkley
Oxford University Press, $12.95, 129 pages
FDR At a time of crisis in the American economy, one critic of federal programs charges the administration with stumbling "into philosophies which lead to the...
| Sep 29, 2010
| 10:56 AM
"Woodrow Wilson: A Biography"
By John Milton Cooper, Jr.
andom House, 2009, 702 pages, $35
President Woodrow Wilson, a confidant confided in his diary shortly after World War I, "will probably go down in history as the greatest figure of his time, and I...
| Oct 5, 2010
| 9:43 AM
"Furious Love: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, and the Marriage of the Century"
By Sam Kashner and Nancy Schoenberger HarperCollins, 512 pp., $27.99
Elizabeth Taylor and her husband Richard Burton apparently rented three suites when they checked into...
| Sep 24, 2010
| 4:20 PM
When my last semester in college rolled around, I had finished all my requirements except for a science class. After quickly filling that with a general environmental science class, I embarked on a mission to find three classes with the perfect mix of...
| Oct 18, 2010
| 1:36 PM
"The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama"
By David Remnick
Alfred A. Knopf, 656 pages, $29.95
Reviewed by Kevin Boyle
By March 7, 1965 John Lewis had been in hundreds of civil rights campaigns. But from the moment he led the six hundred...