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  • “A Climate of Crisis: America in the Age of Environmentalism” comes from historian Patrick Allitt.

    Allitt’s new book reviews U.S. environmental historyMar 25, 2014 12:00 AM
    According to “A Climate of Crisis,” climate change and other pressing environmental concerns will be, instead of disasters, problems handily managed by America’s capitalism and technological know-how. That’s bound to be a hard sell on any of the shorelines that regularly disappear under projections of rising sea levels. The thing to keep in mind when reading “A Climate of Crisis” is that the author, Patrick Allitt, is not a climatologist or any kind of scientist. Allitt is a historian.

     
  • Bruce Weber recently released “Life is a Wheel: Love, Death, Etc., and a Bike Ride Across America.”

    Writer reprises cross-country bicycle tripMar 23, 2014 12:00 AM
    A cross-country bicycle trip is usually a one-and-done experience. Not so for Bruce Weber, a longtime reporter for The New York Times who at age 57 decided to reprise the coast-to-coast ride he took 18 years earlier, post a blog at stops along the route and then make the journey the focus of his latest book, “Life is a Wheel.” After flying to Portland, Ore., to pick up the $8,000 bike he shipped from New York, Weber set out from coastal Astoria on what would be a 4,122-mile ride that took him to 15 states over a 101-day stretch that included a few days off the bike to fly to a funeral in Los Angeles and a wedding in New Orleans.

     
  • A businessman sets up a lucrative sideline arranging hits in “Kill Fee” by Owen Laukkanen.

    ‘Kill Fee’ is compelling tale of amorality, greedMar 22, 2014 12:00 AM
    Contract killing in terms of profit-and-loss margins fuels Owen Laukkanen’s enthralling new novel, “Kill Fee,” in which a businessman sets up a lucrative sideline arranging hits. Government contractor Michael Parkerson has devised Killswitch, a website where a hit can be ordered as easily as a pizza. The scheme comes to the attention of Carla Windermere, a Minneapolis-based FBI agent, and Kirk Stevens, an investigator with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, when they chase a young killer after witnessing a billionaire’s murder.

     
  • Book notes: ‘Kill Fee’ author stops at the Book StallMar 20, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Kill Fee” author Owen Laukkanen discusses and signs copies of his new crime fiction title at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 23, at The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka.

     
  • Harlan Coben delivers another outstanding look at the truth behind the facade with “Missing You.”

    Coben is at his best with ‘Missing You’Mar 19, 2014 12:00 AM
    Harlan Coben, master of the suburban thriller, delivers another outstanding look at the truth behind the facade with “Missing You.” While New York police Detective Kat Donovan investigates the man she once loved, she learns from her boss that the imprisoned hit man responsible for killing her father is dying. And that's just the beginning.

     
  • Barrington native and novelist Veronica Roth, center, enjoys a moment on the set of the movie “Divergent” with star Shailene Woodley, left, and director Neil Burger. The author had a cameo.

    Chicago-set 'Divergent' sprang to life in author's Barrington bedroomMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Veronica Roth is a Barrington High School graduate with three best-sellers on her resume, plus an upcoming Hollywood film based on one of them. And she's only 25. During winter break from Northwestern, Roth would sleep until 1 p.m., then sit on her bed in Barrington and write a novel titled “Divergent,” the biggest young adult book to hit the printing press since Suzanne Collins' “Hunger Games.”

     
  • Chris Pavone’s “The Accident” is an engaging thriller.

    ‘The Accident’ is suspenseful, grippingMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Chris Pavone, author of the compelling “The Expats,” returns with his new novel, “The Accident,” a journey into the world of book publishing and secrets. Literary agent Isabel Reed receives a hand-delivered manuscript from an anonymous author. She’s a bit put off, but when she starts reading the mysterious manuscript, she can’t put it down. The revelations in the narrative would easily create a scandal involving one of the world’s most powerful men.

     
  • ‘Divergent’ author Roth cites her suburban mentorsMar 18, 2014 12:00 AM
    Best-selling dystopian science fiction writers don’t just fall off trees. They need mentors. Just ask Barrington High School grad Veronica Roth, author of “Divergent,” now a Hollywood motion picture opening this weekend.

     
  • “Bone Deep” is the latest in the Doc Ford series by Randy Wayne White.

    ‘Bone Deep’ not among White’s stronger offeringsMar 17, 2014 12:00 AM
    Doc Ford, a secret agent masquerading as a Florida marine biologist, returns in Randy Wayne White's thriller "Bone Deep," which explores the secret world of relic hunters who illegally dig mammoth ivory, Indian artifacts and other prehistoric treasures from the depths of South Florida’s limestone deposits. The story begins when a Native American named Duncan Fallsdown enlists Doc and his mystical, pot-smoking pal Tomlinson in a quest to recover artifacts that belong to his tribe. Soon, the three find themselves face to face with relentless treasure seekers who will stop at nothing, including murder.

     
  • Robert J. Wagner with Scott Eyman penned “You Must Remember This: Life and Style in Hollywood's Golden Age.”

    Actor Robert Wagner recalls old Hollywood's styleMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    Long before movies could talk, the people on the big screen were setting trends and styles for the rest of us. Even today, there's a sense of curiosity about what the stars are doing behind the gates of those great old mansions. If only we knew somebody who could get us in the door for a peek. In terms of grace and style, you couldn't ask for a better tour director than actor Robert Wagner. “You Must Remember This” is his valentine to the Hollywood he knew as a kid and enjoyed even more as a gape-worthy star in his own right.

     
  • District 214 bilingual parent group sponsors author’s talkMar 16, 2014 12:00 AM
    The Northwest Suburban High School District 214 Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee is sponsoring a presentation in Spanish by Reyna Grande, an award winning author, speaker and educator. The event will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Forest View Educational Center, 2121 S. Goebbert Road in Arlington Heights.

     
  • Book notes: Meet American Ballet dancer at Anderson’sMar 15, 2014 12:00 AM
    Meet American Ballet Company ballet dancer and author Misty Copeland as she reads from and signs copies of her book “Life in Motion” at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

     
  • “Stone Cold” by C.J. Box is the 14th installment in the Joe Pickett series.

    Pickett investigates crimes in Black HillsMar 14, 2014 12:00 AM
    Many Americans aren’t that familiar with Wyoming, except perhaps for Yellowstone National Park. In C.J. Box’s thrillers, the Cowboy State is a featured character and you get to know its thickly forested mountains, its windy plains and its frontierlike towns. In “Stone Cold,” the latest installment in the Joe Pickett series (Joe being a game warden who finds trouble as easily as a grizzly finds grubs), Box takes readers to one of the most remote places of his beloved home state: the northeast corner that has been bypassed by the economy as well as many travelers. Pickett is sent by the governor on an undercover mission to fictional Medicine Wheel County.

     
  • Keith Richards has a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a picture story called “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.” The book will come out this fall and will include illustrations by Richards’ daughter, Theodora Richards.

    Keith Richards picture book out this fallMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Keith Richards is writing a children’s book. He really is. The Rolling Stone who came to define the adults-only lifestyle of rock has a deal with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers for a picture story called “Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar.”

     
  • George Saunders gives a speech after winning the Folio Prize Monday in London.

    George Saunders wins Folio Prize for literatureMar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    American writer George Saunders won the 40,000 pound ($67,000) Folio Prize for literature on Monday with his humorous and disturbing short-story collection “Tenth of December.” The chair of the judging panel, poet Lavinia Greenlaw, said Saunders’ “darkly playful” stories explore “the human self under ordinary and extraordinary pressure.”

     
  • Bruce DeSilva based “Providence Rag” on the actual case of Craig Price, known as the “Warwick Slasher.”

    Liam Mulligan is on the case in ‘Providence Rag’Mar 11, 2014 12:00 AM
    Bruce DeSilva uses his journalistic background to elevate “Providence Rag,” the third entry in his award-winning series to feature reporter Liam Mulligan. The brutal murder of two women and their children over the course of several years rocks a community in Rhode Island in the early 1990s. Though his background is sports, Mulligan gets pulled in to assist with the coverage. After a second murder, he begins to suspect that a teenage boy is the killer. He convinces a cop to investigate and soon after, Kwame Diggs is behind bars.

     
  • “The Bootlegger” is the latest Isaac Bell adventure from Clive Cussler and Justin Scott.

    ‘Bootlegger’ is latest in Cussler detective seriesMar 9, 2014 12:00 AM
    Isaac Bell of the Van Dorn Detective Agency finds himself in charge in “The Bootlegger,” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott, the latest in the adventure series. It’s 1921, and both Prohibition and bootlegging are in full swing. Joseph Van Dorn and some of his men are aboard a ship that’s chasing a rumrunning vessel. Bullets start to fly, and Van Dorn is critically injured. Bell must save the detective agency.

     
  • “Black Horizon” by James Grippando revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and then does it one better.

    ‘Black Horizon’ revisits oil spill nightmaresMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    “Black Horizon,” the 11th book in James Grippando’s Jack Swyteck series, revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and then does it one better, sending oil straight at the Florida Keys. Intrepid criminal defense attorney Swyteck is on his honeymoon at a sleepy Keys resort when an oil rig explodes during a tropical storm in Cuban waters. And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

     
  • Book notes: Meet ‘Flipping Out’ star Jenni PulosMar 8, 2014 12:00 AM
    Author Jenni Pulos, co-star of the Bravo reality-TV series “Flipping Out,” discusses and signs copies of her memoir, “Grin and Bear It: How to Be Happy No Matter What Reality Throws Your Way,” at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at The Book Stall in Winnetka.

     
  • “The Chase” by Janet Evanovich and Lee Goldberg is a fast-paced follow-up to “The Heist.”

    O’Hare & Fox are on the case in ‘The Chase’Mar 5, 2014 12:00 AM
    Janet Evanovich, author of the popular Stephanie Plum series, and Lee Goldberg, who has written several novels and TV shows, return with a follow-up to their popular adventure “The Heist.” The action never stops in “The Chase,” and a humorous tone keeps everything moving at a fun clip. FBI agent Kate O’Hare had been trying to capture master con artist Nicolas Fox for quite some time. When she succeeds, her bosses unveil a plan to use Fox and his connections to bring down even bigger criminals.

     
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