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Touch and Go by Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel is a living legend whose fame as an interviewer has reached far beyond Chicago, the city he has called home for eight decades.

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15 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Ghost by Robert Harris

Stormy nights and houses on cliffs have propelled me through worse books than The Ghost.

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15 Nov 2007 // 8:59 PM

Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin by Nicholas Ostler

This is the story of Latin, and like the story of language itself, it's really the story of people -- what they did, what they dreamed, how they lived and died. It's told as well as any novel and is as gripping.

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Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle and the American Action Movie by Eric Lichtenfeld

You’d probably learn more about action films by just watching Die Hard one more time than by reading this.

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Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life by Harry Mount

Seize the Latin, or fun with a dead language.

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13 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

Paradoxia by Lydia Lunch

Paradoxia is a brutal but boring and predictable circus, about which Lunch shows no emotions. Only fatigue seems to have given her pause.

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13 Nov 2007 // 8:59 PM

The River Wife by Jonis Agee

Agee is a lush, lyrical writer, and the narrative is enriched by her historical research and her attentiveness to nature.

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Cultural Amnesia: Necessary Memories from History and the Arts by Clive James

At times his assumption of equal intelligence with the reader is flattering and laughable.

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12 Nov 2007 // 8:59 PM

Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson

Chick-Lit Meets Southern Grotesque in Between, Georgia as a career interpreter for the deaf finds herself caught in the middle of the noisy tug-of-war between her birth family and her adopted family.

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11 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

I Am America by Stephen Colbert

The sneaky antagonism of Colbert's insufferable character is what makes him palatable, it reminds us that the shortsighted conservatism is the joke.

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Otto Preminger: The Man Who Would Be King by Foster Hirsch

When you're referred to as "Otto the Terrible" for much of your life, it's hard to posthumously become "Otto the Great."

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Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo

Russo gets stuck in his characters' collective past in Bridge of Sighs, leaving us with a present that is barely there.

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8 Nov 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta

Conflicts over sex and religion shake Tom Perrotta's latest satire of suburbia.

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7 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

Burning In by Mireille Juchau

Burning In, the remarkable second novel from up and coming Australian writer Mireille Juchau, takes what’s admittedly familiar territory, an aspiring antipodean artist moves overseas, and applies a psychological insight so penetrating the novel actually succeeds in illuminating the dilemma in some surprisingly fresh, and by equal turns disturbing, new ways.

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7 Nov 2007 // 8:59 PM

Season of Betrayal by Margaret Lowrie Robertson

Bombings at U.S. and French bases in Beirut are recalled in a TV reporter's novel.

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People In Glass Houses by Tanya Levin

This is the result of Levin's reflection, a curious mixture of memoir and journalistic expose, and rather more like an exorcism than anything else.

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6 Nov 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Crocodile and the Crane by Arthur Rosenfeld

In the hands of the right filmmaker, The Crocodile and the Crane could be a terrific movie.

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Dead Boys by Richard Lange

Lange's down-and-out L.A. stories are risky and vibrant, full of danger, grit, and bone-deep humanity.

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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Music is grace and joy and not easily subjected to cold clinical analysis, not even when the writer is someone as gifted as Oliver Sacks.

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4 Nov 2007 // 9:00 PM

Prince by Morton, Brian

What starts out as an interesting profile on a blazing young prodigy soon devolves into nothing more than a critical sessionography.

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