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Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman
Soon I Will Be Invincible

Virginia Spatz, September 15, 2011

Just want to note that you don't have to be a comic book fan to enjoy this book. I am not a comic book fan. Not a supervillain or superhero either, but definitely understood their struggles. Both voices of the narrative are compelling and funny.
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Culture of Opportunity: Obama's Chicago: The People, Politics, and Ideas of Hyde Park by Rebecca Janowitz
Culture of Opportunity: Obama's Chicago: The People, Politics, and Ideas of Hyde Park

Virginia Spatz, December 27, 2010

This is a very readable treatment of Hyde Park's history and relationship to City politics. Will have a special interest for those with ties to the area and/or to the University of Chicago, but it's worthwhile reading for anyone with an interest in race and ethnicity in politics, economic development, city planning, "urban renewal," electoral and neighborhood politics and our current president. The most current chapters include substantial coverage of Chicago's attempts at education reform and the rise of Arne Duncan.

Janowitz does not shy away from offering her own opinion throughout the book, but she does so in an insightful, often light-hearted way. Among my favorite such insertions: "Many Hyde Parkers, especially older residents, think that Hyde Park politicians exist to oppose any mayor named Daley. Some of them forgave Obama when he won the presidential election, and some did not." (p.218)

See page 133 for a description of how the first (and continuing) Powells on 57th Street got started, in a nod to the author's father, the late Morris Janowitz, champion of local bookstores as well as distinguished U of C sociologist.
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Sharon and My Mother-In-Law: Ramallah Diaries by Suad Amiry
Sharon and My Mother-In-Law: Ramallah Diaries

Virginia Spatz, January 28, 2007

Funny and engaging, where anyone in the author's situation might understandably be angry and bitter, this memoir nonetheless illuminates the frustrations and fears of life under curfew in the West Bank. Portrays the mundane details of life in Ramallah and the challenges of travel in and out of Jerusalem for Palestinians.
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