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  • 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.

     
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Galway Kinnell dies Oct 30, 2014 10:52 AM
    Galway Kinnell, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet who opened up American verse in the 1960s and beyond through his forceful, spiritual takes on the outsiders and underside of contemporary life, has died at age 87.

     
  • Hancock to share life lessons in Naperville Oct 30, 2014 7:28 AM
    Herbie Hancock, who appears at 7 p.m. Thursday at North Central College’s Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, doesn’t begin or end his newly published memoir “Possibilities” by recalling any of the many highlights in his 50-plus-year career. Instead, the 74-year-old pianist bookends his life story by recalling a concert with Miles Davis’ quintet nearly 50 years ago in Stockholm, Sweden, when he played what he thought was a wrong chord.

     
  • Bradbury storytelling fest: Oct 29, 2014 5:51 PM
    Tickets are on sale for the ninth annual Ray Bradbury Storytelling Festival, “Literary Halloween,” Friday at the Genesee Theatre in downtown Waukegan.

     
  • ‘The Killer Next Door’ is gripping mystery Oct 29, 2014 7:17 AM
    Desperation brings six people to a decaying Victorian apartment house where the tenants’ desolation pales in comparison with one neighbor’s despicable acts. Alex Marwood’s second stand-alone novel delivers a multilayered plot that succeeds as crime fiction, a gothic tale and a village mystery — all with an edge. With the apartment building substituting for a village, “The Killer Next Door” balances a shrewd look at people living on the edge of society with a deliciously creepy look at a murderer.

     
  • Coco Rocha showcases the art of posing in new book Oct 29, 2014 5:45 AM
    Supermodel Coco Rocha is known for her ability to strike a pose, but she says it wasn’t always appreciated. When she moved to New York, people thought she was overzealous with her posing, but what made her different ended up being appreciated — for the most part, she said. Now she has compiled a coffee-table-style book of 1,000 poses titled, “Study of Pose,” out Tuesday.

     
  • New book offers ‘Game of Thrones’ back story Oct 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    George R.R. Martin knows all the signs of Boba Fett Syndrome. For Martin, this has meant not just the usual demands for the next “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy novel (don’t ask, he’s still working on it), but constant letters and emails asking for information on everything from dragons to Aegon Targaryen’s war against the Seven Kingdoms. Martin’s new book, released this week, is “The World of Ice & Fire: The Untold History of Westeros and the Game of Thrones,” 300 pages of back story and original artwork by the some of the world’s top fantasy illustrators.

     
  • ‘Time Out of Mind’ is rich study on Dylan Oct 27, 2014 5:45 AM
    The second installment of Ian Bell’s two-part biography of Bob Dylan, “Time Out of Mind,” is a compelling, focused examination of the latter half of the elusive singer-songwriter’s life and career, starting off with his acclaimed “Blood on the Tracks” album in 1975 and bringing readers close to the present day. For Dylan’s many obsessive fans, who have been offered a wealth of analyses of this singular artist over the years, Bell delivers the goods.

     
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