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  • National best-sellers

    National best-sellers

    HARDCOVER FICTION 1. "Turning Point: A Novel" by Danielle Steel (Delacorte, $28.99) Last week: — 2. "Where the Crawdads Sing" by Delia Owens (Putnam, $27) Last Week: 2 3. "The New Iberia Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel" by James Lee Burke (Simon & Schuster, $27.99) Last week: — 4. "The Reckoning:...

  • Books around town: 'Columbine' author Dave Cullen to visit Chicago to discuss 'Parkland'

    Books around town: 'Columbine' author Dave Cullen to visit Chicago to discuss 'Parkland'

    When Dave Cullen wrote “Columbine,” his compelling account of the devastating 1999 high school shooting, he centered it on the question the entire nation was asking: Why did it happen? What led two young men to walk into their own school and murder 13 people, wound more than 20 others and then...

  • Is Peter Ash as compelling as Jack Reacher? 'Tear It Down' by Nick Petrie reviewed, plus more crime fiction

    Is Peter Ash as compelling as Jack Reacher? 'Tear It Down' by Nick Petrie reviewed, plus more crime fiction

    "Tear It Down” by Nick Petrie, Putnam, 384 pages, $26 Peter Ash, Milwaukee novelist Nick Petrie's wide-roaming, problem-solving war veteran, has been compared to Lee Child's Jack Reacher so frequently that it feels necessary to state: No, Ash is not the equal of Child's mysterious hero in terms...

  • Author of 'Cat Person' has more stories to tell. Can they live up to the hype?

    Author of 'Cat Person' has more stories to tell. Can they live up to the hype?

    Several hundred debut short story collections are published each year, and of those, many are the result of years spent in a fiction MFA program, which typically culminates in the production of a thesis collecting a student's strongest work. Recent MFA graduate Kristen Roupenian's "You Know You...

  • Zachary Leader concludes his revelatory biography of Saul Bellow

    Zachary Leader concludes his revelatory biography of Saul Bellow

    The introduction of Zachary Leader’s definitive, two-volume Saul Bellow biography poses a fundamental question, which he attributes to the novelist on his deathbed: “Was I a man or was I a jerk?” In a narrative at once pointillist in its detail and sweeping in its scope, Leader doesn’t always hew...

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