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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Castle in the Forest by Norman Mailer

Who needs another book on Hitler? Even one by Norman Mailer?

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25 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Thomas Hardy: The Time-Torn Man by Claire Tomalin

Thomas Hardy's history, contradictions, now seem less obscure.

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The K Street Gang by Matthew Continetti

Just because government is not as efficient as it could be, is in fact corrupt and slothful and in some cases criminally inefficient, does not mean that the institution of government is wholly destructive.

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24 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Skylight Confessions by Alice Hoffman

A troubled family struggles toward redemption in Alice Hoffman's 'Skylight Confessions'.

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24 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Born To Run by Eric Meola

It's been a very, very nice season for Bruce freaks.

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The Mathematics of Love by Emma Darwin

Emma Darwin has smart genes, to be sure, being a great great granddaughter of that Darwin, but she doesn't deploy them well.

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22 Jan 2007 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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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