There is something about the Old American West that has, for years, enthralled people around the world. For some, it’s the freedom inherent in the open landscape; to others, it’s the sense of danger and excitement associated with its untamed, even lawless, atmosphere.
Chances are you are sitting on a chair as you read this edition of the Tribune. Perhaps it’s a plush recliner or a comfortable rocker. Maybe you’re cocooned within a generous wing chair or wedged into a beanbag chair.
Michael Tougias is no stranger to stories of the sea. He’s written well over a dozen books, many of them dealing with nautical disasters and struggles to survive.
There is a longstanding tradition of books about the passing of wisdom from one generation to the next. At the top of the list, Tuesdays With Morrie is probably the most widely read example of that particular genre.
The year was 1985, and Kendra Kopelke remembers it like it was yesterday. Not long out of graduate school with a degree in writing, she had been teaching various expository composition courses at colleges in Maryland.
There is something pleasant about the idea of sitting down with a thrilling mystery novel. Whether it’s a hot summer’s day in air-conditioning or a cold winter’s night next to the wood stove, turning the pages of a good “whodunit” is just plain literary in every sense of the word, and with good reason.
Do you remember Jack LaLanne and how much of an impact he had on America’s fitness revolution? In Noah Hawley’s novel Before the Fall, memories of Jack LaLanne figure prominently in the mind of the book’s central character, Scott Burroghs.
Rarely does a writer have the privilege of turning to a U.S. president to inform his fictional characters and the world that they inhabit. No one knows better than novelist Brad Meltzer how valuable this can be.