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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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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

American Bloomsbury by Susan Cheever

Concord's literary lions, fueled by sexual tension?

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10 Jan 2007 // 9:00 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 // 9:00 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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7 Jan 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Strangers in the House by Georges Simenon

Simenon is best known, at least in the Anglophone world, for his Inspector Maigret mysteries, but The Strangers in the House is not really a crime novel.

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:01 PM

Alternadad by Neal Pollack

What happens when hipsters have kids? More importantly, what happens when formerly funny hipsters have kids?

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4 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Monopoly by Philip E. Orbanes

Orbanes' passion for the game and devotion to its legendary status shines forth from every word and every page.

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2 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Jimmy Stewart by Marc Eliot

One need only turn the page to be greeted with a fresh example of Eliot's ignorance of film history and technology.

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2 Jan 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Old Way: A Story of the First People by Elizabeth Marshall Thomas

The dominance of modern technological life is driving more than animal species to extinction. And imbecilic notions of superiority are not restricted to western nations.

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Exile by Richard North Patterson

In order to assess Patterson's work, then, it might be time to give up the label of "legal thriller," and reach back to an earlier genre: the so-called "social problem novel."

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