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  • 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.

     
  • Prime tickets for Bush visit sold out in Naperville Nov 26, 2014 5:27 PM
    Former President George W. Bush apparently knows how to sell books. The announcement Tuesday that the 43rd president will appear Dec. 1 at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Naperville sparked a run on his new work, “41: A Portrait of My Father,” Anderson’s spokeswoman Candace Purdom said. All tickets that guarantee a chance to meet the former president were sold out in a single day, she said, and the store remained busy Wednesday selling copies of “41” for customers to join a waiting list to meet the author if time allows.

     
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Sustained by brief blaze of glory Nov 25, 2014 6:01 AM
    Jerry Lee Lewis was a Louisiana-born supernova who helped create rock ’n’ roll and raced toward stardom in the 1950s until his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra helped turn a 1958 performance tour in England into a disaster. But the brilliance of his early years and his dogged determination to succeed sustained him for decades after his rocketlike career was sidetracked. Lewis has found the ideal biographer in Rick Bragg, an author and former New York Times writer who understands the texture and cadence of Lewis’ life.

     
  • George W. Bush coming to Naperville for book signing Nov 26, 2014 5:26 AM
    Former President George W. Bush is scheduled to make two appearances next week in DuPage County, including one in Naperville to promote his new book, “41: A Portrait of My Father.” Bush’s Naperville appearance will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the downtown Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 W. Jefferson Ave. Also on Monday, Bush is expected to attend a private charity event hosted by Daniel L. Goodwin, chairman and CEO for the Inland Real Estate Group of Companies, according to sources close to Goodwin.

     
  • Jerry Lee Lewis: Sustained by brief blaze of glory Nov 24, 2014 1:19 PM
    Review: Brief blaze of rock 'n' roll glory carried Jerry Lee Lewis for decades after that

     
  • 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.”

     
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