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22 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Dancing in the Streets: A History of Collective Joy by Barbara Ehrenreich

The big boogie and when, why it ended.

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Words That Work by Dr. Frank Luntz

Totalitarian abuses of language are called Orwellian to honor the man who gave us the diagnostic tools to fight it, not because anyone believes Orwell cherished Stalinist obscurantism.

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21 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Measuring the World by Daniel Kehlmann, Carol Brown Janeway (Translator)

Novelists, more than filmmakers, dare to depict great intellectuals.

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18 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

House of Meetings by Martin Amis

Former Gulag prisoner revisits Russia's bloody past in Martin Amis' grim but essential 'House of Meetings'.

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18 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Be Mine by Laura Kasischke

Laura Kasischke explores middle age in a new book and a movie of an older one.

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17 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

The Book of Portraiture by Steve Tomasula

Tomasula's multifaceted mélange urges us to ask: Why do we have the need to recreate ourselves in images? And how do these images identify us?

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17 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Medical Apartheid by

Exploring America's history of 'scientific racism'.

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The Testament of Gideon Mack by James Robertson

Some of the more public statements of current Scottish academic critics show signs of having taken in others' washing without noticing that it isn't clean.

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15 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

About Alice by Calvin Trillin

Calvin Trillin's loving tribute to his wife showcases the best of the woman he so often included in his essays.

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15 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

The Cave Painters by Gregory Curtis

These people may not yet have invented the wheel but Alley Oops they were not.

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14 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name by Vendela Vida

A young woman discovers shocking truths about her missing mother -- and herself -- in Vendela Vida's second novel.

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14 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

31 Days by Barry Werth

For all his faults, Gerald Ford implicitly understood that the office of the presidency was a great burden, one that could only be approached with the greatest humility.

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11 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

The Race Beat: The Press, the Civil Rights Struggle, and the Awakening of a Nation by Gene Roberts a

"The race beat," once it was finally covered by the American press, was not some kind of intellectual parsing of a larger issue. The coverage itself was essential to solving the issue.

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11 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Love Is a Mix Tape: Life and Loss, One Song at a Time by Rob Sheffield

Rolling Stone columnist explores the death of his wife and the life of pop music with pathos, humor books.

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10 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever

Concord's literary lions, fueled by sexual tension?

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10 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Lincolns Sword: The Presidency and the Power of Words by Douglas L. Wilson

Lincoln's Sword fondly recalls the U.S.'s public discourse before "talk-radio blowhard" became a job description.

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9 Jan 2007 // 8:00 PM

Somewhere: A Life of Jerome Robbins by Amanda Vaill

Author makes excuses for offstage nastiness of brilliant choreographer Jerome Robbins.

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Why the Jews Rejected Jesus by David Klinghoffer

The Jewish rejection of Jesus, Klinghoffer argues, points to an essential insecurity at the heart of Christian theology: the failure of Jesus and his immediate followers to make the case to Jesus' own people.

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Song of the Crow by Layne Maheu

What makes the novel appealing, though, is less the novel's dogma than its ability to conjure a world orientated around song, flight, and roosts, and its "strange pity" for human and crow alike.

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What Have They Built You to Do? by Matthew Frye Jacobson and Gaspar González

The mother is dead in Psycho, kept mentally alive by her son's psychotic dependency, while in The Manchurian Candidate she's a vigorous presence, empowered by sinister psychologists from two hostile nations.

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