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The Adventures of Augie March (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)

by Saul Bellow

Don’t Call It Chi-Town (And Other Things to Learn in Chicago Books) 4

Instead of best Chicago books, this selection focuses on books that use a Chicago-centric perspective to address challenges that other places similarly confront.

A Story Made Purely of Feeling: The Millions Interviews Cynthia Ozick 2

I am pursued by an anti-Muse; her name is Life. Her homely multisyllabic surname is often left unenunciated, but to certain initiates it may be whispered: Exigency.

Modern Library Revue: #19 Invisible Man 3

In America it is the privilege of the white man to rollick, even if he is a poor Jew born into moderate squalor. The black man, in this novel at any rate, can only be fucked around; his hope, in this novel, is to discover his own way of doing things.

A Year in Reading: Lydia Kiesling 6

When I wasn't reading a bunch of depressing shit, I read some strange and wonderful things.

You Can't Lie in Fiction: An Interview with Kevin Barry 9

I wanted the reader to feel like they were in some awful, horrendous dive bar in a tremendously deranged Irish city in the middle of the 21st century and there’s some crazy old fucking whisky-drunk nut alongside them whispering this demented tall tale into their ears.

Dream a Little Dream of Me: John Berryman 9

Among the adjectives Vendler applies to Henry are “regressive, petulant, hysterical, childish, cunning, hypersexual, boastful, frightened, shameless, and revengeful.” Also, “complaining, greedy, lustful, and polymorphously perverse.” Did we miss anything? How about self-pitying, irresponsible, envious, and grandiose?

A Year in Reading: Adam Ross 13

Only one book took over my world, and by that I mean I had that rare experience, while immersed in it, of seeing reality through its lens whenever I put it down and in the days after I finished it.

Living Out the Day: The Moviegoer Turns Fifty 16

Catch-22 had been important to me as a student of literature, and Revolutionary Road had been important to my early development as a writer. But The Moviegoer was important to me as a human being. Like few other books I’ve ever read, it changed me.

Panache to Burn: Christopher Hitchens' Hitch-22 3

Though we have just now learned that Hitch is dying, delving into his memoir many things are apparent, not the least of which the fact that the man has done some living. If anyone has the right to consider his time not wasted, it's him.

Ask a Book Question: The 63rd in a Series (Chicago Stories) 12