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1 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

Spit Baths by Greg Downs

Characters in Greg Downs' short stories have lost their way, with love elusive and hope nearly gone.

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1 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

Daniel Isnt Talking by Marti Leimbach

The author's own experience with an autistic child clearly translates to her work.

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1 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Surveillance by Jonathan Raban

Surveillance explores real, imagined problems of homeland security.

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31 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Covering by Kenji Yoshino

"Covering" is the demand "to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream." As Yoshino puts it, we are at a transitional moment in how Americans discriminate.

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Murder City by Michael Lesy

Chicago was a city that appeared to outright celebrate murder.

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30 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Prime Green: Remembering the Sixties by Robert Stone

Lazy, hazy recollections of the '60s hold little insight.

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Underground by Andrew McGahan

Of course, realism and plausibility are not as essential when a novel has some kind of allegorical significance. Which Underground does not.

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29 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

Boeing Versus Airbus by John Newhouse

The fight for supremacy between two aircraft-making giants.

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28 Jan 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Book of Dave by Will Self

Divinity has become "Davinity," souls are "fares," and people greet each other with the salutation "Ware2, guv?"

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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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