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October 31, 2016 View email in browser

Chicagoan Bill Rancic’s first novel is not the work of an apprentice

Chicagoan Bill Rancic of “Apprentice” and RPM Restaurants discusses his debut novel, “First Light.” This and other Chicagoland literary news.

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Brett Favre biography looks at life on and off the field

Jeff Pearlman, author of the controversial Walter Payton bio “Sweetness,” takes a similar, no-holds-barred approach to the story of Brett Favre.

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Eleanor Roosevelt and the World War II Years are focus of third volume of biography

Beloved and reviled, a spokeswoman for progressive causes who fashioned an independent life within a complicated marriage, Eleanor Roosevelt cuts a surprisingly contemporary figure.

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Philip Glass, winner of 2016 Tribune Literary Award, reflects on a life well composed

Pushing 80, composer Philip Glass reflects on his rise to fame, his enormous body of work, today’s musical scene, his critics, and what it means to have received the 2016 Chicago Tribune Literary Award.

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A sexist double standard applies to female protagonists who are ‘difficult’

The Biblioracle argues that male characters often have much more latitude to be, for lack of a better word, “difficult.”

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Ha Jin’s ‘The Boat Rocker’ is redeemed by the author’s own genuine anger

“The Boat Rocker” describes an Orwellian world in which a single questionable judgment leads to life-shaking consequences.

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Paul Beatty’s ‘The Sellout’ is first U.S. winner of prestigious Man Booker Prize

“The Sellout” is a stinging satire of race and class in the United States that has drawn comparisons to Richard Pryor and Mark Twain.

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Chicagoland best-sellers

Last week’s best-sellers include “Commonwealth,” “Upstream” and more.

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