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Paul Simon
Our Culture of Pandering
Southern Illinois University Press,
ISBN: 0-8093-2529-2
172 pages, $25.00 hardcover

"Paul Simon, in another of his powerful treatises, has written the guidebook for anyone interested in the future of our democracy."
   —Walter Cronkite

"[Simon] contends that our leaders in politics, the media, religion, and education are guilty of pandering, of giving in to what is easy instead of fighting for what is right. . . . [He] deftly outlines the problems, and he should be listened to."

Charlotte Herman
The Memory Cupboard: A Thanksgiving Story
Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN: 0-8075-5055-8

"A sweet, simple story with a heartwarming message. When Katie visits Grandma for Thanksgiving, she accidentally breaks her cherished gravy boat...Grandma's loving reassurance comforts the child and allows her to see that things may get broken, but granddaughters are forever...A pleasant addition to holiday collections."
   —School Library Journal

Michael Raleigh
The Blue Moon Circus
Sourcebooks, Inc.
ISBN: 1402200153
336 pages, $22.00   ($15.40 on

"It's as if both Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer had run off to join the circus. Simply put, this is a ripsnorting good historical yarn full of circus lore, so smartly told by an expert storyteller that it's the kind of book truly deserving that overused term 'page-turner.'"
   —Henry Kisor, Chicago Sun-Times

Marvin V. Arnett
Pieces from Life's Crazy Quilt
University of Nebraska Press
ISBN: 8032-1064-7
$26.95   ($18.87 from

"Arnett narrates her experiences with quiet dignity and faith. Her optimism and strength of spirit are qualities we don't see often enough in contemporary memoir."
   —Michael Steinberg, founding editor "Fourth Genre"

Sterling D. Plumpp
Velvet BeBop Kente Cloth
Third World Press, Chicago
ISBN: 088378-242-1

"Plumpp's melodies are his amazing utterances filled with metaphor and originality of expression. His harmonies are ideas and feelings, history and consciousness and his many ways of paying homage to the heroism of making meaning and dignity and music out of hard daily life…"
   —Reginald Gibbons, Professor of English, Northwestern University

Scott Turow
Ultimate Punishment, A Lawyer's Reflections on Dealing with the Death Penalty
Farrar Straus & Giroux
ISBN: 0374128731
120 pages, $18.00

"A sober and elegantly concise examination of a complex, fraught topic."
   —Publishers Weekly

Sara Paretsky
ISBN: 0-399-15106-0

"… a compelling mystery and an indictment of the McCarthies of all eras."

Joseph Epstein
Envy: The Seven Deadly Sins
Oxford University Press/New York Public Library
109 pages, $17.95

"Joseph Epstein has earned his reputation as one of our most respected men of letters through his mastery of the essay.... With Envy, we are back in familiar Epstein territory.... Delightful...entertaining and provocative."
   —Chicago Sun-Times

Arnie Bernstein    website
The Hoofs And Guns Of The Storm: Chicago's Civil War Connections
Lake Claremont Press,
ISBN: 1-893121-06-2

"This book is a fascinating invitation to visit Civil War sites, not at Gettysburg or Mississippi or Virginia but surprisingly in Chicago!"
   —Senator Paul Simon

Harry Mark Petrakis
Twilight Of The Ice, A Novel
Southern Illinois University Press,
ISBN: 0-8093-2514-4

"Twilight of the Ice is a powerful book, a dazzling creation, filled finally with grace. Grace everywhere."
   —Father Andrew Greeley

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