Alibi V.13 No.37 • Sept 9-15, 2004 

Speed Reader

On Being Born and Other Difficulties

Overlook Press

Everything you've ever wanted to know, and then some, about where little boys and girls come from. Gonzalez-Crussi, a pathology professor at Northwestern University , probes everything from modern science to ancient myth in this fascinating book on the origins of life.

Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim

Little, Brown

Hilarious celebrity girly man David Sedaris delivers a new little black book of anecdotes about his seriously screwed up family. The book won't have quite the same zing of Sedaris' squeaky voiced performances, but the man knows how to do funny.

The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in the Equatorial Pacific


This one's an enticing, often funny account of Troost's stay on Tarawa, a tiny island nation in the South Pacific. Troost survives a wicked culture clash and funnels his outrageous experiences into this quirky travel log.

An Unfinished Season

Houghton Mifflin

In Just's latest novel, he creates a nuanced portrait of Chicago in the '50s, telling the story of a young man with one foot stuck in family troubles and the other foot wedged deep in the pressing political issues of the day.