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Volume III, Issue 19
November 1 - November 8, 1999  

Fiction
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An American Abroad [4]
Not all of these stories satisfy, but at least Ken Kalfus has dared to take a few chances.
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Love Stinks [5]
Czech writer Ivan Klima's short-story collection "Lovers for a Day" paints a discouraging portrait on love in a Cold War country.
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Avrum Organick's Blessings [6]
A thinly disguised autobiography, Organick's book will appeal most to those who question the ongoing clash and blending of cultures.
— Steve Devitt, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Non-fiction
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Poor House [7]
In his reworked edition of "The Underclass," Ken Auletta takes a hard look at the underbelly of the American economy.
— Damon Smith, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Creating Identity [8]
In his battle to resolve the seemingly endless disparities of being "Edward," Said never quite makes his point.
— Leigh Rich, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Bob Zmuda's Andy Kaufman Revealed! Best Friend Tells All! [9]
A candid document of the comedian's private life and career.
— Mladen Baudrand, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Now What? [10]
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

he Harry Potter books are favorites with lots of young people -- and their parents -- but an appearance by the author of the series at a Chicago bookstore doesn't have much to do with reading.

Two decades ago, university presses had a reputation for publishing books that were either quaintly local or unreadably erudite. Today, university presses' catalogs are filled with works designed to attract the general educated reader.

A revised and updated edition of Ken Auletta's groundbreaking "The Underclass" is a carefully balanced assessment of social policy and human behavior that courageously attacks thorny questions of race and class.

Plus, short stories from an American abroad and a Czech enamored, a glimpse of Andy Kaufman's life, and more.


Features
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Writer's Block [2]
It's hands-off J.K. Rowling at a "Harry Potter" book signing.
— Brett McNeil, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Learning Process [3]
Regional university presses offer stimulation for the eye and brain.
— Diann Blakely, NASHVILLE SCENE
 


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