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  • ‘Five’ by Ursula Archer is intriguing Dec 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    Geocaching — the contemporary treasure hunt in which a GPS is used to find hidden objects — lends itself to an intriguing melding of a gripping police procedural and an exciting update of the puzzle mystery in Austrian children’s book author Ursula Archer’s crime fiction debut. Archer imbues “Five” with an inventive plot, tense suspense and fully realized characters that seem as if they have been around for years.

  • Black Captain America leading comic book diversity Dec 17, 2014 7:12 AM
    For decades, comic books have been in color, but now they truly reflect all the hues of American society. The new Captain America is black. A Superman who is suspiciously similar to President Barack Obama recently headlined a comic book. Thor is a woman, Spider-Man is part-Puerto Rican and Ms. Marvel is Muslim.

  • Review: 'Five' by Ursula Archer is intriguing Dec 15, 2014 12:44 PM
    Book Review: Intriguing 'Five' by Ursula Archer has twisting, yet believable plot

  • ‘Killer Heels’ looks at the history of high heels Dec 14, 2014 7:15 AM
    Shakespeare mentions high heels in “Hamlet,” former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised them and fashion designers from Dior to Manolo Blahnik have bewitched women and men with their versions. “Killer Heels” is a luxurious, fun and sexy look at the history of high heels, and it manages to be eye candy and thought-provoking, too. It’s on shelves for the holiday shopping season.

  • Book notes: Sheila E. brings her ‘Beat’ to Naperville Dec. 20 Dec 13, 2014 6:45 AM
    Singer, drummer and author Sheila E. introduces her new book "The Beat of My Own Drum" at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 20, at Community Christian Church in Naperville. For details, visit andersonsbookshop.com.

  • Bjorn Ulvaeus talks ABBA and band’s new photo book Dec 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    So their new photo book is the closest fans will ever get to seeing ABBA again. “ABBA: The Official Photo Book” (Weldon Owen Publishing) chronicles the foursome’s history through more than 600 photographs. “I’m not a nostalgic person, but looking at these pictures really took me back,” founding member Bjorn Ulvaeus said. The authorized photographic biography, which features numerous photos from the height of the band’s career in the 1970s, was released earlier this year in Europe, and just recently in the United States.

  • Elk Grove library trustee proposes expanding services to unincorporated residents Dec 10, 2014 5:30 AM
    There’s an effort to expand the services of the Elk Grove Village Public Library beyond the town’s borders into unincorporated areas that supporters say would benefit a currently underserved population. But they’ll have some convincing to do since the proposal to create a library district requires approval by voters, who must decide if they want library services in exchange for a new property tax.

  • Passage on assault to be clarified in Dunham book Dec 10, 2014 7:10 AM
    A section from Lena Dunham’s “Not That Kind of Girl” that recounts an alleged assault while she was in college is being changed to make clear that the assailant’s name is a pseudonym. Random House announced Tuesday that both the digital edition and future print editions of Dunham’s best-selling memoir will include the clarification.

  • Former JPMorgan banker gets 6-figure book deal Dec 10, 2014 10:13 AM
    A former banker at JPMorgan has a six-figure book deal for a corporate thriller series that began as an online serial. Penguin Random House units G.P. Putnam’s Sons and Penguin Books announced Tuesday they had acquired the first two books of Michelle Miller’s planned five-part series.

  • First Alice Munro collection since Nobel Prize Dec 9, 2014 10:30 AM
    A year after Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize for literature and was cited for her mastery of the modern short story, her publisher has collected 24 of her stories published over the past two decades. “Family Furnishings” serves as a companion volume to an earlier compendium, “Selected Stories,” and is as good a place as any to get acquainted with her distinctive voice: pitiless and tender, solemn and sly, elegant and clunky, and always, terrifyingly intelligent.

  • Book notes: Austin Mahone intros book at Naperville’s North Central Dec 6, 2014 6:45 AM
    Singer-songwriter Austin Mahone introduces his new book, “Austin Mahone: Just How It Happened,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in Pfeiffer Hall, on the campus of North Central College, 310 E. Benton Ave., Naperville. Purchase a copy of the book from Anderson’s to receive a ticket for the event.

  • Travel books, for gifts or your own coffee table Dec 5, 2014 6:01 AM
    Shopping, romance, bucket lists, inspiration and information: All of these things and more can be found in books for travelers that are out this season in time for the holidays. In addition to being gift-worthy, some of the titles make a nice addition to your own coffee-table collection; others are useful for trip planning or may serve as fodder for travel dreams.

  • ‘Testing Trilogy’ author to visit Lake Zurich High School Dec 5, 2014 1:18 PM
    Nationally known author of "The Testing Trilogy," Joelle Charbonneau, will visit Lake Zurich High School on Monday, Dec. 8. The trilogy is a popular young adult series.

  • ‘Midnight in Siberia’ looks at Russia today Dec 3, 2014 6:00 AM
    As the West nervously watches a newly aggressive Russia, many commentators are trying to figure out what Vladimir Putin is thinking. But “Midnight in Siberia” reminds us of another important question: What are the Russian people thinking? David Greene took a 6,000-mile train journey from Moscow to Vladivostok to find out, and the result is a mesmerizing, confounding, comforting and thought-provoking book.

  • Karen Pirie is on the case in ‘The Skeleton Road’ Dec 2, 2014 5:45 AM
    Author Val McDermid melds the political thriller with the police procedural for an intense novel that gives equal attention to each genre. McDermid pulls together a complicated tale of war and its aftermath for a plot that feels both intensely personal and global. “The Skeleton Road” moves at a brisk pace, giving attention to each of its myriad characters as the action moves from Scotland to England to Croatia.

  • ‘Divergent’ author promotes holiday giving Dec 1, 2014 7:00 AM
    Barrington author Veronica Roth is in a giving mood: The multimillion-selling young adult author is backing a holiday season campaign that supports First Book, which over the years has distributed millions of works to children in need. For every $2.50 given to First Book, publisher HarperCollins will donate a copy of Roth’s “Divergent.” The fundraising effort was announced Monday.

  • 'Midnight in Siberia' looks at Russia today Dec 1, 2014 1:48 PM
    Book Review: 'Midnight in Siberia' looks for the soul of modern Russia

  • Karen Pirie is on the case in 'The Skeleton Road' Dec 1, 2014 3:44 PM
    Review: Detective Chief Inspector Karen Pirie returns in Val McDermid's 'The Skeleton Road'

  • Book notes: Former president visiting Naperville Nov 29, 2014 6:00 AM
    Former President George W. Bush signs copies of his new book "41: A Portrait of My Father" at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

  • Novelist PD James dies at age 94 Nov 27, 2014 8:35 PM
    Mystery writer P.D. James, who brought realistic modern characters to the classical British detective story, has died, her publisher said. She was 94. James’ books, many featuring sensitive sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions around the world, and most were just as popular when adapted for television.

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