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December 12, 2016 View email in browser

‘The Daily Show (The Book)’ offers candid history of Jon Stewart’s fake newscast

The real measure of the show and the book is, did it have a point, and, moreso, was it funny in making it. The answer, on both counts, is a resounding, laugh-out-loud “yes.”

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‘How to Survive a Plague’ weaves science with human scale of AIDS epidemic

David France’s “How to Survive a Plague” purports to be the definitive account of the successful struggle to halt the AIDS epidemic.

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Reading, writing and longing for the wisdom of the ages

I tell myself that I’ll be able to deal with whatever physical maladies may come my way as long as a decent share of my marbles remain in my possession.

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Country genius Hank Williams’ misadventures chronicled in new bio

Among debauched artists who lived hard, died young and willed a frustratingly modest sampling of their genius to the world, Hank Williams ranks at or near the top.

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Andersonville’s Women & Children First gets Ann Patchett love

The best-selling author of “Commonwealth” and “Bel Canto” included the Chicago feminist bookstore in a list of her favorites.

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‘Other Minds’ explores how animal consciousness differs vastly from our own

Philosopher of science Peter Godfrey-Smith skillfully links the details of evolutionary history and biology to broader philosophical debates about the nature and function of consciousness.

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Best poetry books of 2016

A year this bad is not going to be salvaged by poetry, of all things. But as usual there were a few must-reads.

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2017 Algren contest begins

The Chicago Tribune’s nationally recognized contest for original short fiction is accepting entries until January 31.

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