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  • Chris Colfer has multi-book deal Nov 24, 2014 7:39 AM
    Chris Colfer is planning many return trips to the Land of Stories. Publisher Little, Brown and Company said Monday the actor best known for “Glee” has a multi-book deal. Colfer has two more “Land of Stories” installments planned, the fourth and fifth of his best-selling middle grade series, coming in July 2015 and July 2016.

     
  • Brooke Shields writes of life with her mother Nov 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it’s a well-crafted and insightful read from beginning to end. It would be a shame to dismiss “There Was a Little Girl” as a celebrity tell-all. Instead, it’s a thoughtful, poignant and provoking story about a girl and her mom prompted by a New York Times obituary written shortly after Teri Shields’ death in 2012.

     
  • Hosting your first Thanksgiving? Tips for dealing with parents to pie Nov 20, 2014 6:22 AM
    Thanksgiving can, of course, be a great joy, but with so many beloved traditions on the line it can also be prime ground for sniping and griping the first time the torch has been passed. Your mother, mother-in-law, father or father-in-law might be thrilled to give up hosting after many decades, but that doesn’t mean they’ll behave themselves once sidelined, said Ruth Nemzoff, author of “Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children.”

     
  • Baldacci’s new novel thrills — and tugs at heart Nov 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    One of the most compelling characters in David Baldacci’s thrillers is John Puller, a crackerjack investigator of military crimes. In “The Forgotten” and “Zero Day,” readers learned that Puller has an older brother, Robert, who is serving a life sentence for treason. In “The Escape,” Baldacci reveals the reason for Robert’s imprisonment.

     
  • Try coffee table books for an easy, gifty treat Nov 18, 2014 6:20 AM
    Wracking your brain to come up with holiday gift ideas? Try coffee table books. As self-purchases, they may seem like pricey indulgences, but as gifts they're an easy way to please a connoisseur, hobbyist or wannabe.

     
  • Book notes: Anson Williams signs new book at Naperville’s Anderson’s Nov 15, 2014 6:45 AM
    Actor and singer Anson Williams, perhaps best-known for his role as Potsie on television’s “Happy Days,” discusses and signs copies of his book "Singing to a Bulldog" at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville. For details, visit andersonsbookshop.com.

     
  • Bryan Cranston reads profane hit nursery rhyme Nov 12, 2014 5:45 AM
    Bryan Cranston has lent his voice to a sequel to the profane hit nursery rhyme “Go the (Bleep) to Sleep.” The “Breaking Bad” and “Malcolm in the Middle” star follows in the footsteps of Samuel L. Jackson by narrating “You Have to (Bleeping) Eat,” by novelist Adam Mansbach. The new audiobook will be available free from Audible starting Wednesday.

     
  • Andy Cohen shares his days and nights in new book Nov 12, 2014 6:00 AM
    Reading another person’s diary is usually the stuff of daydreams or snooping, but Bravo Media’s “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen is opening up his journal in “The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year.” The book, published by Henry Holt and Co., is inspired by “The Andy Warhol Diaries,” published after the artist’s death.

     
  • Stephen King returns to true horror in ‘Revival’ Nov 11, 2014 4:16 PM
    Stephen King's latest novel — likely to be No. 1 next week — is appropriately titled “Revival,” for it marks a return to true horror for the modern master of the genre. “Revival” spans half a century, but at its heart are a young boy — Jamie Morton — and a New England pastor named the Rev. Charles Jacobs who captivates him from the moment they meet in 1962.

     
  • New WWII book details story of ‘First SEALS’ Nov 11, 2014 5:45 AM
    Before there were heavily armed Navy SEALs conducting nighttime helicopter raids, there were guys like Frank Monteleone landing on beaches in the dark on two-man motorized rafts dubbed “flying mattresses.” The U.S. spy agency’s Maritime Unit, formed in 1943, shares the credit for setting the foundation for what would become the Navy SEALs, created in 1962 during the Kennedy administration. Their story is told in a new book published last month, “First SEALS: The Untold Story of the Forging of America’s Most Elite Unit.”

     
  • Jennifer Lopez shares journey to self-acceptance Nov 10, 2014 6:18 AM
    Jennifer Lopez wants to share a life lesson with her fans: Learn to love yourself first. “I promise that if you get into it, if you tap into it, it's gonna make your life better,” she says. The actress, singer, producer sat down for an interview about “True Love,” her new book that was originally intended to be a piece of memorabilia about the 2012 Dance Again World Tour that she embarked on in the wake of her split from husband Marc Anthony.

     
  • Richard Ford brings back Frank Bascombe Nov 10, 2014 5:45 AM
    When the final novel in the Frank Bascombe trilogy was published in 2007, its author made it plain that a fourth book about the introspective sportswriter-turned-real estate broker wasn’t even a remote possibility. But now, seven years later, Richard Ford has resurrected his anti-hero in a collection of four loosely connected novellas, titled "Let Me Be Frank With You," in which Bascombe is a 68-year-old retiree living in inland New Jersey with his second wife, Sally.

     
  • Book notes: Tivoli hosts Q&A with John Cleese Nov 8, 2014 6:45 AM
    Actor John Cleese presents his new memoir, “So, Anyway...,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Tivoli Theatre in Downers Grove. The program includes a presentation by Cleese, a Q&A session and one pre-autographed book. Tickets are available through Anderson's Bookshop.

     
  • Connelly has another winner with ‘Burning Room’ Nov 8, 2014 6:45 AM
    Harry Bosch and his rookie partner tackle a cold case with present-day ramifications in Michael Connelly’s latest novel, “The Burning Room.” Ten years ago, a man was shot and paralyzed. The bullet couldn’t be removed. When the man dies, LAPD Detective Harry Bosch and Detective Lucy Soto are assigned to track down the shooter.

     
  • Anderson's in Naperville celebrates '50 years of that love of reading' Nov 7, 2014 6:23 AM
    Six generations. Hundreds of authors. Thousands upon thousands of books. Millions upon millions of words. Fifty years. Anderson's Bookshop is celebrating five decades of selling stories as an independent, family-owned business in downtown Naperville from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday. “We are celebrating 50 years of that love of reading and sharing that right book with everyone you can,” owner Becky Anderson said.

     
  • Globetrotter Pico Iyer makes case for staying put Nov 6, 2014 5:45 AM
    Pico Iyer has spent the past several decades on the move, incessantly hopping from one far-flung destination — Ethiopia, Morocco, Indonesia — to another. But the globetrotting travel writer is now convinced the most exciting place to go is nowhere at all. In his new book “The Art of Stillness,” the British-born, California-raised son of Indian parents preaches sitting quietly in one place as an antidote to our constantly connected, multitasking, airport-hopping lifestyles.

     
  • ‘Spoiled Brats’ is brilliant, original, hilarious Nov 4, 2014 6:00 AM
    Feel the humiliation of the widowed guinea pig, so beaten down he contemplates suicide and questions his Christian faith. See through the eyes of the doting parents, who look past the signs of demonism — the pentagram birthmark and grasping claws — to find a flawless little boy. Befriend a tortured Christmas elf who is caught in a boy’s sick, sexual exploits. Simon Rich gives us each of these characters in “Spoiled Brats,” an anthology as endlessly clever as it is hysterical.

     
  • 'Sometimes the Wolf' is engrossing story Nov 3, 2014 5:45 AM
    A father-and-son relationship, perhaps broken beyond repair, fuels Urban Waite's engrossing novel that skillfully exposes the complicated emotions that can stymie a once close family while also working as a superb action-adventure tale. In “Sometimes the Wolf,” the sins of the father have rained down on Bobby Drake for 12 years. Bobby, a sheriff's deputy in a small town in the Pacific Northwest, wonders what his life would have been like had his father, Patrick, the town's former sheriff, not been sent to prison for drug dealing.

     
  • Book notes: Rocker Jim Peterik signs new book at NCC in Naperville Nov 1, 2014 6:30 AM
    The Ides of March and Survivor musician Jim Peterik signs copies of his book “Through the Eye of the Tiger” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, at Meiley-Swallow Hall, on the campus of North Central College in Naperville. Tickets are available with the purchase of Peterik’s book from Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville.

     
  • Rowling reveals new tidbits on Pottermore site Oct 31, 2014 7:19 AM
    Just in time for Halloween, J.K. Rowling has given fans a glimpse of what makes a wicked witch tick. The creator of boy wizard Harry Potter published a 1,700-word essay Friday revealing the real-life inspiration behind one of her most memorable villains, the supernatural bureaucrat and Hogwarts teacher Dolores Umbridge. An ice-cold inquisitor dressed in pastel pink, Umbridge first appeared in “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix,” the fifth of seven books in Rowling’s multimillion-selling series. She was played by Imelda Staunton in the film adaptations.

     
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