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  • Modiano wins Nobel for works about Nazi occupation Oct 9, 2014 2:39 PM
    French novelist Patrick Modiano has devoted his career to exploring the traumas of the Nazi occupation of his country, including how it could strip people of their identities. On Thursday, the 69-year-old Parisian’s steadfast efforts over the past 45 years earned him the 2014 Nobel Prize in literature.

  • Poehler book tour will include Seth Meyers visit Oct 7, 2014 10:02 AM
    Amy Poehler will have some celebrity friends and her high school English teacher on hand for her upcoming book tour. HarperCollins Publishers imprint Dey Street Books said Monday the star of “Parks and Recreation” has four appearances planned to promote her memoir “Yes Please.”

  • Lena Dunham sticks to candid style with new book Oct 6, 2014 5:00 AM
    In the pilot episode of “Girls,” Lena Dunham’s character, Hannah, tells her parents that she believes she’s meant to share her writing talent with others. “I think I may be the voice of my generation,” her character said with a pause, “or at least the voice of a generation.” Dunham is now providing a voice for other millennials on the HBO comedy series that follows a group of girls in their mid-20s, on her Twitter account and in her new book, “Not That Kind of Girl."

  • Book notes: Garth Stein signs new novel at Anderson’s Oct 4, 2014 6:15 AM
    Author Garth Stein discusses and signs copies of his new novel "A Sudden Light" at 7 p.m. Monday Oct. 6, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville.

  • ‘The Lost Key’ is compelling thriller Oct 4, 2014 6:30 AM
    A sub that disappeared near the end of World War I plays a key role in a modern-day murder in Catherine Coulter and J.T. Ellison’s “The Lost Key.” The authors juggle marvelous action with stellar character development and intriguing history to spin another great tale.

  • Tale of justice sought for innocent teen Oct 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    Save the whales or the environment, penguins or tigers, fish, trees or grasses, there's always something about to disappear, and you know when it's gone, it's gone. But what about people? Aren't they in trouble, too? In the new book “Endangered” by Jean Love Cush, who's going to save young black men?

  • Lena Dunham bares more in new memoir Oct 3, 2014 11:27 AM
    Divulging secrets, character flaws and embarrassing mistakes in her writing has become Lena Dunham’s trade. Unknown, unconventional and only 26, she created her hit show, “Girls,” in 2012 and got HBO to let her write, act, produce and direct her version of the young female experience. Fans of the show will love her memoir, "Not That Kind of Girl," which has the same sensibility, presenting complicated people in authentic situations who speak to her generation.

  • Panetta: Obama vacillated on Syria Oct 3, 2014 1:38 PM
    Panetta’s book, titled “Worthy Fights,” is scheduled for release next week.The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, but Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday dismissed such accounts from former Cabinet members.

  • Lena Dunham launches tour for book of adult essays Oct 1, 2014 7:10 AM
    There was a baby in the audience and Lena Dunham wondered why. “This is not an appropriate place for babies,” she said Tuesday night as she launched the tour for one of the season’s most anticipated books, “Not That Kind of Girl,” a collection of adults-only, personal essays. Dunham, 28, appeared before hundreds of fans at the Barnes & Noble in Manhattan’s Union Square. She'll be in Chicago on Oct. 6.

  • Sheila E. wants to write more, expand book to film Oct 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    Days before the release of Sheila E.’s autobiography, news spread that she was once engaged to Prince. The bigger bombshell, however, didn’t get nearly as much attention. “Pretty much, I was engaged to Carlos Santana." “The Beat of My Own Drum,” the musician’s memoir released through Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books earlier this month, features stories of her working with Marvin Gaye, Ringo Starr and Lionel Richie and more.

  • Economist divides parents as drifters vs. planners Oct 1, 2014 6:00 AM
    When it comes to pregnancy and childrearing, behavioral economist Isabel V. Sawhill sees a cultural divide between the planners and the drifters. The senior fellow at the Brookings Institution argues in a new book, “Generation Unbound: Drifting into Sex and Parenthood Without Marriage,” that the act of not becoming pregnant until one is ready would save billions of dollars and help ensure that children are born into families with the means and motivation to care for them.

  • Author delivers ‘Star Wars’ tour de force Sep 29, 2014 11:52 AM
    Chris Taylor, deputy editor of the social media website Mashable, lets his geekdom shine with “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe: The Past, Present, and Future of a Multibillion Dollar Franchise.” Taylor tries to accomplish several things: He examines how the “Star Wars” franchise successfully invaded popular culture, and he uses examples of how the films have influenced people’s lives.

  • Book notes: Diane Muldrow discusses her books in Libertyville Sep 27, 2014 6:30 AM
    Diane Muldrow, author of “Everything I Need to Know I Learned From a Little Golden Book” and “Everything I Need to Know About Christmas I Learned From a Little Golden Book,” discusses her books at an author event at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, at Cook Memorial Public Library in Libertyville.

  • Brilliant new biography of Tennessee Williams Sep 27, 2014 6:30 AM
    The culmination of 12 years of work, John Lahr's “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh” is a dazzling, deeply sympathetic and psychologically acute look at the life and work of a tortured genius who rocketed to fame after World War II with a new kind of play that reflected his “haunted interior”: dreamy and poetic, passionate and tender, sensual and spiritual, desperate for recognition and more than slightly tinged by the family madness. “On stage and off it,” Lahr writes, “hysteria was Williams’s idiom.”

  • ‘Do Fathers Matter?’ says something new Sep 26, 2014 5:45 AM
    From the tiniest microbe or fragment of DNA to the origins of the universe, it sometimes feels as if every subject generates a vast tide of scientific studies and that virtually nothing escapes detailed scrutiny. But veteran science writer Paul Raeburn noticed an oversight: the role of fathers in parenting. In “Do Fathers Matter?” Raeburn tells how until fairly recently, scholars, parenting experts and pop culture have overlooked the importance of fathers.

  • Easy Rawlins eyes Hearst-like case Sep 24, 2014 5:30 AM
    Walter Mosley evokes the curious turns of the Patty Hearst kidnapping saga and the fractured culture of that era in “Rose Gold,” his latest Easy Rawlins crime thriller. There are many page-turning twists in Rawlins’ hunt for the poor little rich girl, and more than one mystery to be solved by the much-in-demand private detective. “Rose Gold,” the 13th entry in the Easy Rawlins series, is the second book finding him back in action after his apparent death in 2007’s “Blonde Faith,” which ended with him driving a car off a Pacific cliff.

  • Best-selling book ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ banned from middle schools Sep 24, 2014 11:49 AM
    The best-selling book “The Fault in Our Stars,” narrated by a 16-year-old cancer patient, has been banned from Riverside Unified School District middle schools over sexual content, but it is still allowed in high schools.

  • Hulu to make Stephen King’s ‘11/22/63’ into a miniseries Sep 23, 2014 10:18 AM
    Stephen King’s time-travel novel about the Kennedy assassination is being adapted as a small-screen miniseries. Streaming service Hulu said Monday that the nine-hour series, titled “11/22/63” after King’s book, includes the author and J.J. Abrams as executive producers. King said in a statement that if any of his works cried out for “long-form, event TV programming,” then “11/22/63” is it.

  • Book series explores the supernatural in Elgin Sep 23, 2014 4:20 PM
    The Elgin Area Historical Society Museum, located in Old Main on the campus of Elgin Academy, 316 Park St., will be the setting for the formal launch of a six-volume comprehensive overview of the “uncommon” history of the area. “The Uncommon History of Elgin, Illinois and Surrounds” by Michael J. Murschel will be launched at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, with a presentation followed by a question and answer session and book signing.

  • Women in politics: Gillibrand and Davis memoirs Sep 20, 2014 6:45 AM
    Two prominent women in politics, New Yorker Kirsten Gillibrand, who replaced Hillary Clinton in the U.S. Senate, and Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis, who shot to fame in pink sneakers with an abortion-rights filibuster, are out this month with memoirs. “Forgetting to Be Afraid” chronicles Davis’ hardscrabble journey from teen mom in a trailer park to Harvard Law School. Gillibrand’s “Off the Sidelines” is a “Lean In”-style exhortation about women in a man’s world.

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