| May 27, 2013
| 10:58 PM
As a neurological disease robbed Barbara Brenner of her voice, the fiercely outspoken activist still managed to be heard.
She corralled technology, speaking through a text-to-voice application on her iPad and blogging about the concerns —...
| Feb 28, 2013
After a tense decade of air raid sirens, duck-and-cover drills and fears of Soviet superiority, hope for America came in an unlikely form in the late 1950s: a lanky, 23-year-old Texan with a head full of curls and huge hands that ranged across a piano...
| Apr 20, 2013
Al Neuharth, the newspaper mogul who in 1982 made a $1-billion gamble called USA Today that earned derision for its emphasis on brevity, flashy graphics and upbeat stories but endured to become the nation's largest-circulation newspaper, died Friday in...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 5:20 PM
The Chicago Tribune has won three national awards for its series “Playing With Fire,” an investigation of toxic flame retardants and the deceptive campaigns that two powerful industries waged to promote the chemicals.
Among the awards is...
| Mar 6, 2013
| 11:14 AM
You look at Hannah Kearney’s record beginning with the 2010 Olympics, and you figure it has to be a misprint.
I mean, how does anyone win the Olympic gold in freestyle moguls and then 18 of the next 21 events on the World Cup circuit –...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 4:43 AM
Chicago diners who think they are eating red snapper may actually be munching on goldbanded jobfish.
Those who order Alaskan cod may really be tucking into a threadfin slickhead. And fans of yellowtail could just be getting a fish tale.
These are some...
| May 29, 2013
Julia Child had a problem in 1960. After spending much of the previous decade wrestling a book of French recipes for Americans into shape, she was stuck on what to call it. Suggestions, 45 or so, came and went without a winner. Finally, Judith Jones,...
| Mar 15, 2013
| 4:07 PM
The story line seems the same. Just change the sport from football to basketball, and the states from Texas to Kentucky.
Keith O'Brien's new book, "Outside Shot: Big Dreams, Hard Times, and One County's Quest for Basketball Greatness," is the basketball...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 8:34 AM
In 1956, Pamela Moore set a high bar for scandalous fiction with her debut "Chocolates for Breakfast," a harrowing coming-of-age tale tracing 15-year-old Courtney Farrell's journey from boarding school to Hollywood to New York's jet-setting society. The...
| May 17, 2013
| 3:27 PM
No one dreams of being a book reviewer when he grows up. You might dream of writing poems or novels or essays or even, if you are perennially picked last for teams in gym class, literary criticism (“We don't want Robbins, you can have an extra...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 4:33 PM
Insane City by Dave Barry (Putnam) The Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist's first solo adult novel in more than a decade is a typically absurdist comic story about everything — and then some — that goes wrong for Seth and his friends en...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 9:53 AM
The fictional universe of Lindsay Hunter, author of the debut collection “Don't Kiss Me,” is at once both repelling and mesmerizing. Written as intense bursts of flash-fiction, the stories are visceral; they unsettle, shock, provoke. Hunter,...