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August 26, 2010
Charles Stephen unveils "The Spies of Warsaw" by Alan Furst, a gripping historical espionage novel set in pre-WWII Poland. Otis Young cracks open "Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes" by "New Yorker" writer Jim Holt.
August 19, 2010
Guest reviewer David Williams looks at "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine." Michael Lewis, the author of several financial bestsellers, explores the recent Wall Street collapse.
August 12, 2010
Charles Stephen peruses "A Reader on Reading," a collection of essays from novelist and critic Alberto Manguel about the power of words. Stephen also unfolds "Freedom Summer: The Savage Season That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy" by Bruce Watson, an account of the events of the... more››
August 12, 2010
Guest reviewer Steve Griffith looks at "A People's History of Christianity" by Diana Butler Bass. Also reviewed, Sebastian Junger's "War," an account of the author's time as an embedded journalist with the military in Afghanistan.
August 12, 2010
Guest reviewer Pat Stephen looks at "The Help" by Katherine Sockett. This novel, set in the 1960s, is about the growing sensitivity of a white woman in Mississippi to the lives of the black women who work in the homes of white women like her. Also reviewed, "Yalta: The Price of Peace," a scholarly... more››
July 15, 2010
"Innocent," by Scott Turow, is a novel that picks up 22 years after the events of the author's best selling legal thriller, "Presumed Innocent." Also reviewed, "Young Romantics," by Daisy Hay, a look at the tangled and intertwined lives of the 19th century English poets Shelley, Keats, Byron and... more››
July 8, 2010
Guest reviewer Pat Leach unveils "Provenance: How a Con Man and a Forger Rewrote the History of Modern Art" by Laney Salisbury and Aly Sujo, a true story of how fake masterpieces with altered paper trails successfully escaped detection for a decade. Then, Charles Stephen discusses "Truth," a gritty... more››
July 1, 2010
Charles Stephen tracks down "Agents of Treachery," a collection of original short spy stories by various authors, and also reviews "Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming" by Naomi Oreskes and Erik M Conway, which names... more››
June 24, 2010
Guest reviewer Don Hanway meditates on "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" by Nicholas D Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, a wide-ranging and well-written examination of women's rights situations all over the world. Then, Charles Stephen looks at "Becoming a Doctor:... more››
June 16, 2010
Charles Stephen checks out "Parisians: An Adventure History of Paris" by Graham Robb, a series of true narratives about Paris from the Revolution to the 21st Century. Stephen also considers "Franklin Pierce" by Michael F. Holt, a short biography of the not-so-well-regarded 14th President.