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Books on the Table · 1d ago

Not Too Busy to Read

I cannot imagine life without books any more than I can imagine life without breathing. Terry Brooks Dear Terry Brooks, I’m sorry that I’ve never read one of your books, because they are epi...
Books on the Table · 1M ago

What Fiction to Read Next — Fall 2017

And indeed, what is better than to sit by one’s fireside in the evening with a book, while the wind beats against the window and the lamp is burning? Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary Publishe...
Books on the Table · 2M ago

Award Season

The book trade invented literary prizes to stimulate sales, not to reward merit. Michael Moorcock Almost every year, when the nominees for the major literary prizes (Man Booker, National Boo...
Books on the Table · 3M ago

Sons and Soldiers — Book Review

In occupied Germany, the refrain “We didn’t know” was becoming as common as “Ich bin kein Nazi” (I am no Nazi). The Germany Manny had left when his mother put him on a train as a fourteen-ye...
Books on the Table · 3M ago

Little Free Libraries

A new Little Free Library just popped up in my neighborhood. I’ll admit to feeling a little jealous, because I’ve always thought that my house, which is on a corner lot, would be the perfect...
Books on the Table · 5M ago

Summer Reading 2017 — A List of Lists

This is the time of year when just about every magazine and newspaper publishes a list of recommended summer reading. Some of these lists emphasize “beach books” — page-turners that don’t re...
Books on the Table · 6M ago

Happy Mother’s Day!

“I’m wondering what to read next.” Matilda said. “I’ve finished all the children’s books.” Roald Dahl, Matilda My mother, who reads more than just about anyone I know, is generous with her b...
Books on the Table · 6M ago

Novel Destinations — Author Interview

. . . In our travels near and far, we’ve not only looked to novels to provide a new dimension to our travel experiences, but equally, we’ve sought out the literary places in our travels that...
Books on the Table · 7M ago

The Women in the Castle — Book Review

Albrecht had not approved at first. Assassination. Murder. It was not the culmination he wanted for the resistance movement. In his estimation, injustice could be fought only with justice — ...
Books on the Table · 7M ago

Time for Spring Break

According to the saying, March goes out like a lamb. I don’t know about that, because yesterday as I looked out the window on the 18th floor of a Chicago high-rise I saw low-lying gray cloud...