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  • Review: 'Ada's Algorithm' by James Essinger

    Review: 'Ada's Algorithm' by James Essinger
    The story of Ada Lovelace would be irresistible even if she did not hold a singular place in the history of the computer. Her father was the celebrated poet Lord Byron. His brief marriage to Annabella Milbanke is the stuff of bodice rippers, with the...
  • Review: 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George...' by George Clinton with Ben Greenman

    Review: 'Brothas Be, Yo Like George...' by George Clinton with Ben Greenman
    Even though George Clinton, leader of the funk collective Parliament-Funkadelic, is the architect of some of the world's most vibrant music and a man with some stories to tell, I was wary when I heard about his memoir, "Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't...
  • 'Topless Cellist' depicts life of performance artist Charlotte Moorman

    'Topless Cellist' depicts life of performance artist Charlotte Moorman
    Charlotte Moorman was an ambitious, classically trained cellist when she arrived in New York in 1957. She aimed to become a soloist, but the career she ultimately attained as an avant-garde performance artist was truly singular. Joan Rothfuss, a...
  • Aasif Mandvi on 'No Land's Man'

     Aasif Mandvi on 'No Land's Man'
    As "senior brown correspondent" (and sometimes "senior Muslim correspondent"), Aasif Mandvi is often one of the funniest performers on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart." But in real life, Mandvi — whose family emigrated from India...
  • The Biblioracle: Speaking truth with power

    The Biblioracle: Speaking truth with power
    Ninety-percent of my reading diet is fiction. There's something about writers who take the ingredients of the world and turn them into something that reaches toward art that I find endlessly compelling. But I always mix a little nonfiction into my...
  • Review: 'Being Miss America' by Kate Shindle

    Review: 'Being Miss America' by Kate Shindle
    The Miss America Pageant: good thing or bad thing? In this well-researched, compellingly written, page-turner of a memoir/journalistic exposé, former Miss America Kate Shindle says it's both: "The largest provider of scholarships for women in the world"...
  • Review: 'Daring' by Gail Sheehy

    Review: 'Daring' by Gail Sheehy
    One afternoon in 1969, Gail Sheehy and Gloria Steinem met for lunch at the Plaza Oak Room in Manhattan. As a special courtesy, the hotel agreed to waive its ban on women attending the restaurant unaccompanied by a man. "Daring: My Passages" —...
  • Editor's choice: 'The Liar's Wife'

    Editor's choice: 'The Liar's Wife'
    "Heat was a presence, a companion, but not, as in daytime, an oppressor." It's a summer evening, and a yellow Frito-Lay delivery truck across the street looks all wrong parked on this suburban Connecticut street. Sipping wine, the narrator of the...
  • Review: 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler

    Review: 'Yes Please' by Amy Poehler
    I wrote this review for Amy Poehler's "Yes Please" on the Red Line to my cubicle job in the South Loop. I wrote it on a plane to a conference in Nashville, Tenn. I wrote it in the car, waiting for my 6-year-old son to finish school. I kept trying to...
  • Great children's books for holiday giving

    Great children's books for holiday giving
    My kids loved Holly Hobbie's "I'll Be Home for Christmas" because it was full of holiday excitement and hushed wonder and plucky pink pigs. I loved it because it was a surprisingly soulful meditation on the push and pull of serious long-term friendship...
  • Scott Saul on 'Becoming Richard Pryor'

    Nine years after his death, Richard Pryor remains an intense presence in American pop culture. A transformational figure in stand-up comedy — 1979's often autobiographical "Live in Concert" cemented his reputation as the greatest comic genius of his...