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Capitalizing Clowns
A review of David Brooks' "Bobos In Paradise," a nonfiction account of America's nouveau riche. [06-19-00]
— Allen Smalling, NEWCITY CHICAGO

'Pretty' Good
Shelly Ridenour reviews Dave Sedaris' "Me Talk Pretty One Day." [06-12-00]
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Halo Again
A review of "The Angel on the Roof" by Russell Banks. [06-05-00]
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Marx The Spot
Ben Winters reviews "Groucho: The Life and Times of Julius Henry Marx" by Stefan Kanfer. [05-29-00]
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO

The Poetry of Inarticulateness
"Pastoralia" by George Saunders. [05-22-00]
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO

The Name Says It All
Randall Boyll does not have "it": He just spins and spins, leaving us with a big pile of idiocy. [05-15-00]
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Not-So-Sweet and Lo
They say imitation is the finest form of flattery, but what if it's a poorly constructed rip-off? [05-08-00]
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Vowell Language
Essayist Sarah Vowell makes reality funnier than fiction. [04-24-00]
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Po-Mo Horrors
Mark Z. Danielewski's debut novel, "House of Leaves," follows too closely in the footsteps of the Blair Witch. [04-10-00]
— Nathan Matteson, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Wilde Redux
With "A Face Without A Heart," novelist Rick R. Reed shows the dangers of exorbitant vanity by putting a grisly, 21st-century spin on Oscar Wilde's "The Portrait of Dorian Gray." [04-03-00]
— Catey Sullivan, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Seventies Heaven
New books weigh in on the decade that brought us both Fat Albert and Watergate. [03-06-00]
— Sam Weller, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Smells Like Rat
Ted Heller's "Slab Rat" is a too-clever trip through the New York magazine world. [02-28-00]
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO

French Quarter Tickler
"The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld" chronicles a powerful whoremonger's 40-year career. [02-21-00]
— Ellen Fox, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Water World
Two aquatic travelogues try to reel in readers. [12-13-99]
— Sam Jemielity, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Pantry Shelf
Paging the hot new food books. [08-03-98]
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Backstage Diving
It's interesting when people die. Give us dirty laundry. [05-26-98]
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Storm Trooper
Watching Sebastian Junger ride the wave of "The Perfect Storm." [02-02-98]
— Sam Jemielity, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Man possessed
Get spooked by "Alienist" author Caleb Carr, in his new book "The Angel of Darkness." [11-03-97]
— Sam Jemielity, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Designing women
An examination of two highly literate ladies: Zelide and Marie Bashkirtseff. [10-13-97]
— Erica Meltzer, NEWCITY CHICAGO

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