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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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.

  • ‘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.

  • Book notes: Jim Peterik signs new book in Glen Ellyn Sep 20, 2014 6:15 AM
    Singer, songwriter and author Jim Peterik signs copies of his book "Through the Eye of the Tiger" at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at The Bookstore in Glen Ellyn.

  • Book of Barbra Streisand pics out in December Sep 19, 2014 6:00 AM
    How obsessive are Barbra Streisand’s fans? A coffee table book may provide an answer. Publisher Taschen announced recently that “Barbra: Streisand’s Early Years in Hollywood, 1968-1976” will be published in December.

  • Book on Jewish food features intro by Joan Rivers Sep 18, 2014 7:24 AM
    A few months before she died, Joan Rivers agreed to contribute to a book about Jewish food. She starts: “You know how they butcher kosher meat, right? The cows aren’t slaughtered. They’re nagged to death.” Rivers, who died Sept. 4 at age 81, is the opening act for “Eating Delancey: A Celebration of Jewish Food,” to be published in December.

  • Suburban Mosaic author meets readers in Mt. Prospect Sep 16, 2014 5:30 AM
    Mundelein author Leslie Stella greeted readers at the Mount Prospect Public Library on Monday night and discussed her novel “Permanent Record,” a selection for this year’s Suburban Mosaic Book of the Year program. The Suburban Mosaic reading program, now in its 11th year, invites suburbanites to read and discuss select books that deal with issues of tolerance and social justice.

  • Emanuel says students met reading goal; Fallon should pick a venue Sep 16, 2014 7:24 AM
    Chicago Public School students read 2.7 million books this summer as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Readers Summer Learning Challenge, officials announced Monday. The number eclipsed the goal agreed upon by Emanuel and NBC’s “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. The two agreed during a June appearance on the show by Emanuel that Fallon would bring his production to Chicago for several shows if Chicago Public School students read 2.4 million books this summer. “It’s time to pick a venue, Jimmy,” Mayor Emanuel said in a statement.

  • ‘Golem of Hollywood’ disappoints Sep 16, 2014 10:00 AM
    “The Golem of Hollywood” — the first collaboration by father-and-son Jonathan and Jesse Kellerman — tries to showcase the best that each author brings to his individual novels, but, ultimately, is unwieldy and overwritten. A shorter, more focused story would have been stronger. The novel works best when Jonathan Kellerman’s affinity for police procedures and Jesse Kellerman’s use of unusual psychological suspense mesh organically in a hunt for a murderer linked to a Jewish legend.

  • Wisecracking blogger doesn’t pull punches Sep 16, 2014 6:00 AM
    It’s not easy to endear yourself to readers when you write a book called “People I Want to Punch in the Throat,” yet somehow author Jen Mann manages to do just that in her new hilarious memoir. It’s a collection of short essays on Mann’s life as a married mom of two, who has a gift for calling out the most ridiculous and annoying aspects of suburban life. Much of her tongue-lashing is aimed at fellow parents, but Mann’s relatable stories will appeal to any cynic with a sense of humor.

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