| Dec 10, 2012
| 2:42 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - The former London home of Charles Dickens reopened on Monday, after an eight-month, 3.1 million-pound ($5 million) refurbishment celebrating the author's bicentenary.
Dickens lived at 48 Doughty Street in central London with his family...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 3:54 PM
As Lucy Kobbs turned the final page of the seventh and last book in the "Harry Potter" series, she took a pencil to the wall beside her bed and memorialized the end of an era: 7/22/07, 3:20 a.m.
"It's one of those books that will stick with me for life,"...
| Dec 28, 2012
| 2:19 PM
‘Tree of Pearls, Queen of Egypt” by Jurji Zaydan opens “On a moonlit night long ago, two women of exceeding grace and beauty, though far apart in age, sat gazing at the silver waters of the Nile.” The year is 1250, the Ayyubid...
| Mar 8, 2013
| 4:31 PM
"Manifest Injustice" is an apt, allegorical title for Barry Siegel's latest book, which makes three points didactically: First, the law can be an ass — to a greater extent than Charles Dickens imagined. Second, when it comes to administering...
| Oct 16, 2012
| 8:51 AM
Our book club is a Facebook book club. We chat on our Facebook page throughout the year and meet three times a year for the grand finale at one of our homes.
We started with 45 people who resolved to read "Anna Karenina" by Leo Tolstoy and finish it...
| Dec 2, 2012
Books for children and teens are not Snuggies. One size doesn't fit all. So when choosing books for young readers this holiday season, it helps to know their style. Maybe he likes roomy epic fantasy novels he can get lost in, whereas she prefers the...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 1:01 PM
A new edition of Michael Harrington's "The Other America: Poverty in the United States," an eloquent appeal to the American conscience, has been published on the occasion of the book's 50th anniversary.
"The Other America" is a masterpiece, a powerful...
| Nov 11, 2012
The Christmas Schooner
Have yourself a City of Big Shoulders Christmas at the Mercury Theater, the current home of the beloved Chicago musical, “The Christmas Schooner.” Created by John Reeger and Julie Shannon, “Schooner”...
| Nov 28, 2012
| 11:28 AM
Niche, 14 S. Third St., offers a two-course tasting all day Dec. 7. Choose an appetizer and entrée or entrée and dessert for $32/person.
Gibby's Wine Den, 1772 Randall Road, will be offering Twilight Tasting, tasting holiday favorite wines and...
| Feb 10, 2013
| 6:01 PM
It was no accident that British makeup artist Stuart Freeborn resembled his most famous movie creation — Yoda, the wrinkled, ancient sage from the "Star Wars" films.
"I looked at myself in the mirror and decided that I was comic, with all these...
| Dec 13, 2012
| 1:19 PM
Apple announced its best e-books of the year Thursday. The company has come up with a best-of list at years' end since the launch of the iBookstore in 2010.
This year marks the debut of the interactive category "Best Multi-Touch Book," specifically...
| Dec 26, 2012
| 12:52 PM
As we roll into the final holiday parties of the year, spirits are high -- and flowing. “The Book of Gin” by Richard Barnett traces the history of gin, which was once believed to prevent plague, ease the pains of childbirth and treat a lack of...