Starred Review


by David Mamet

Crackling with colorful, truncated street dialogue, David Mamet's historical novel Chicago exhibits the kind of talk-talk drama that earned his plays (Glengarry Glen Ross, Speed-the-Plow) a Pulitzer Prize and Tony nominations and his film screenplays (The Verdict, Wag the Dog) a couple Oscar nominations. Set in the rough and tumble city of Mamet's youth, Chicago is the story of Mike Hodges, a hungry young Tribune reporter working the city desk in the 1920s. Capone and the Italian Outfit ran the South Side;

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Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

by Peggy Orenstein

Peggy Orenstein's work might be described as a reckoning with all things "pink." She has often cast her gaze on girlhood and its trappings: princesses, Barbies, Hannah Montana. But just as frequently, she reports on less marketable, more divisive elements of female experience: teen pregnancy, fertility, abortion access, genetic testing and--again with the pink--breast cancer and its omnipresent ribbons. 

Orenstein (Girls and Sex, Cinderella Ate My Daughter) sets her sights on these subjects and more in

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The Better Tree Fort

by Jessica Scott Kerrin, illus. by Qin Leng

In Russell's new backyard stands a giant maple tree with "great big limbs and a trunk so wide, even Russell's dad could not wrap his arms around it." When Russell deems it ideal for a new fort, his dad initially hesitates: "I don't know much about building." Russell assures him, "I'll draw you a plan." After extensive measuring and re-measuring and four trips to the lumber store, the fort takes shape. Despite the lack of a balcony, quick-escape slide or star-viewing skylight from the original plan, Russell

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The Tangled Lands

by Tobias S. Buckell, Paolo Bacigalupi

The Tangled Lands is a dystopian fantasy about survival in the midst of magical treachery and environmental devastation.

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Like Vanessa

by Tami Charles

In New Jersey in 1983, 13-year-old African American Vanessa Martin decides to compete in her school's beauty pageant.

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Media Heat

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

The View: Amy Chua, author of Political Tribes: Group Instinct and the Fate of Nations (Penguin Press, $28, 9780399562853).

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fresh Air: Bart Ehrman, author of The Triumph of Christianity: How a Forbidden Religion Swept the World (Simon & Schuster, $28, 9781501136702).

Monday, March 19, 2018

Fresh Air: Jonathan Weisman, author of (((Semitism))): Being Jewish in America in the Age of Trump (St. Martin's Press, $25.99, 9781250169938).

Daily Show: Mitch Landrieu, author of In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History (Viking, $25, 9780525559443).

Late Night with Seth Meyers: Tayari Jones, author of An American Marriage: A Novel (Algonquin, $26.95, 9781616208776).

Thursday, March 15, 2018

KCRW's Bookworm: Ann Beattie and Richard Bausch discuss Peter Taylor: The Complete Stories (Library of America, $75, 9781598535419).

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Conan: Sebastian Maniscalco, author of Stay Hungry (Gallery, $25, 9781501115974).
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