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December 22, 2011
Guest reviewer Don Hanway looks at "Life Itself" by Roger Ebert. A memoir by the long time Chicago movie reviewer. Charles Stephen then reviews "December 1941: Twelve Days That Began a World War" by Evan Mawdsley.
December 15, 2011
Charles Stephen offers his short list of Favorite Books from 2012, just in time for gift-giving ideas.
December 8, 2011
"On Conan Doyle" by Michael Dirda. A tribute to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his many writings by the Pulizer Prize winning journalist. Also reviewed on the same theme, "A Study in Sherlock" edited by King and Klinger. A collection of short stories written with Holmes in mind.
December 1, 2011
"Guest reviewer Jane Hood looks at "Cutting the Stone" by Abraham Verghese, a big novel which stretches from India to Ethiopia to New York and tells the story of Siamese twins born to an Indian nun and an American surgeon."
November 24, 2011
"Arguably: Essays by Christopher Hitchens". A large collection of essays and reviews written over the past seven years by the spirited author.
November 17, 2011
Guest reviewer Pat Leach discusses two books: "Nothing to Envy" by Barbara Demick, about the experiences of six who defected from North Korea. And a novel, "The Surrendered" by Chang Rae Lee.
November 10, 2011
"James Madison" by Richard Brookhiser. A new biography of our 4th President, the author of the Bill of Rights and the last president to lead troops into combat.
November 3, 2011
Guest reviewer, Stephen Griffith looks at "The Dervish House" by Ian McDonald. A novel set in near-future Istanbul seen through the eyes of diverse characters. Also reviewed, "First Telegraph Line Across the Continent: Charles Brown's 1861 Diary". A new Nebraska State Historical Society release.
October 27, 2011
"At Home" by Bill Bryson. The author uses his own 150 year old Victorian home as a starting point for discussing what houses and home life was like in the 19th century. Also reviewed, "Twelve Turning Points of the Second World War" an historian looks at notable successes and failures that had an... more››
October 20, 2011
Guest reviewer Don Hanway looks at "Moral Minority: Our Skeptical Founding Fathers" by Brooke Allen. A straight forward summary of the religious attitudes of the best known early leaders of our country. Also reviewed, a history of the events of Bunker Hill and the beginning of the American... more››