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Dreams of My Russian Summers
3.84
To me, it is the most poetic, original and beautifully written book about a search for an identity and a life between two cultures. It is a special bo ...more
Jan 2009
Jun 25, 2010
 
The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person's Guide to Writing in the 21st Century
4.03
Good for everyone but especially good for people who write for a living. Can we write in a way that is clear and conveys our meaning without being cum ...more
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Dec 09, 2014
 
Gone Girl
4.04
"I don't usually read mystery novels, but last summer Cass Sunstein raved to me about the novels of Gillian Flynn, a young Chicago author. I then proc ...more
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Nov 27, 2012
 
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
4.59
I just began reading Just Mercy: A story of Justice and Redemption, written by one of my heroes, Bryan Stevenson. Bryan is a lawyer/law professor who ...more
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Dec 10, 2014
 
How Long Will South Africa Survive?: The Looming Crisis
4.05
In 1977, R.W. Johnson—South African native, Oxford don, sometime journalist—published a robust book foreseeing the demise of apartheid government in S ...more
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Dec 04, 2015
 
Choice
3.64
"This book is a fascinating critique—so well-written and entertaining—of our contemporary culture of choice and the anxiety that surrounds these times ...more
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Dec 02, 2011
 
Looking Backwards
3.27
I recently read Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backwards. The novel’s main character is someone from the year 1887, who awakens in in the year 2000 and trie ...more
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Dec 04, 2015
 
How Judges Think
3.79
I had read some of Richard Posner's How Judges Think in draft last year, but have resumed reading the book now that it has appeared. Every member of t ...more
Jan 2008
Jun 22, 2010
 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
4.49
The most important book that I have read in the last decade. Well researched, powerful piece that teaches us why mass incarceration ought to be at the ...more
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Nov 29, 2010
 
Jerusalem: Or on Religious Power and Judaism
3.66
Mendelssohn was the leading philosopher of the Haskalah, or Jewish Enlightenment. Jerusalem is one of the most significant works about the relationshi ...more
Jan 2008
Jun 25, 2010
 
Abraham Lincoln
3.95
In the waning weeks of Abraham Lincoln’s bicentennial year, I am still being asked (because I teach a course every winter on Lincoln) what one book to ...more
Jan 2009
Jun 25, 2010
 
Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity
3.97
I cannot help but recommend Behind the Beautiful Forevers despite the shortcomings described by my colleague Martha Nussbaum in a wonderfully incisive ...more
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Dec 04, 2015
 
High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing
4.14
"This is a somewhat odd recommendation, because I have only just begun reading the book, High Rise Stories—Voices from Chicago Public Housing, by Audr ...more
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Dec 03, 2013
 
The Paranoid Style in American Politics and Other Essays
4.18
Richard Hofstadter's book and 1964 Harper’s article, The Paranoid Style in American Politics, dazzles with relevance for our contemporary situation. I ...more
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Dec 19, 2016
 
On Such a Full Sea
3.47
Dystopia is all the rage right now, but On Such a Full Sea is the best dystopic novel I’ve read in a very long time. It takes place in a not-so-distan ...more
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Dec 04, 2015
 
Confessions of a D-List Supervillain (D-List Supervillain, #1)
4.16
I have been intrigued by books on the extent to which humans will suffer to survive. Endurance by Alfred Lansing, and In the Heart of the Sea, by Nath ...more
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Dec 04, 2015
 
The Koreans: Who They Are, What They Want, Where Their Future Lies
3.57
"In advance of a recent trip to Seoul, Korea, I read four books about this remarkable country. The first three were about North Korea. Nothing to Envy ...more
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Nov 26, 2012
 
The University of Chicago: A History
4.40
The University of Chicago: A History (2015) by John W. Boyer, Martin A. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor of History and the College and Dean of ...more
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Dec 19, 2016
 
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk
3.85
This novel takes place over one night of an elderly woman’s life (New Year’s Eve 1984), in which she wanders New York City, encounters many different ...more
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Nov 30, 2017
 
Evidence and Innovation in Housing Law and Policy
0.00
Housing is a vital component of our society and economy. These stimulating essays are the proceedings of a stellar conference by the Law School’s Krei ...more
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Nov 30, 2017
 
My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels #1)
3.89
I’ve been reading the Neapolitan Novels by Elena Ferrante. This four-part series follows childhood friends Elena and Lila from childhood in Naples, It ...more
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Dec 04, 2015
 
Ten North Frederick
3.75
I recently finished John O'Hara's Ten North Frederick, an illuminating and entertaining portrait of small-town mid-twentieth-century America. The prot ...more
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Dec 19, 2016
 
The Second City Almanac of Improvisation
4.10
"The Second City is one of the great cultural institutions of Chicago and one with strong University of Chicago ties. Bernie Sahlins, AB ’43, co-found ...more
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Dec 05, 2013
 
Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations
3.93
I had known little about her, but she was a Mesopotamian expert and (along with T.E. Lawrence) one of the driving forces behind the creation of the co ...more
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Nov 29, 2010
 
Louis D. Brandeis
3.97
I just read and highly recommend Melvin Urofsky’s Louis Brandeis: A Life. This comprehensive and highly readable biography covers everything from Bran ...more
Jan 2009
Jun 25, 2010
 
We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
4.52
Incisive, provocative, and evolutionary essays on power, racism, and politics. —Randolph N. Stone
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Nov 30, 2017
 
The Dragon's Path (The Dagger and the Coin, #1)
3.78
This is a series of fantasy novels that plays with many of the classic tropes—the reluctant warrior, long-lost deities and dragons, etc.—but it has a ...more
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Dec 09, 2014
 
No Future Without Forgiveness
4.17
"In preparation for my first trip to South Africa, I've been reading a lot about that country. [One book that stands out is] Desmond Tutu's No Future ...more
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Nov 27, 2012
 
How China Became Capitalist
4.24
"It is obvious, but How China Became Capitalist is worth reading not only because it was Ronald Coase's last major work, but also because it is an int ...more
Apr 26, 2013
Mar 30, 2012
 
The Idea of the University of Chicago: Selections from the Papers of the First Eight Chief Executives of the University of Chicago from 1891 to 1975
5.00
I recently re-read The Idea of the University of Chicago, edited by William Murphy and D.J.R. Bruckner and published by the University of Chicago Pres ...more
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Dec 09, 2014
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