Critical Mass

Noteworthy new book releases for February

Robert J. Blakely chronicles the career of one of the most influential Chicago lawyers of the civil rights movement in Earl B. Dickerson (Northwestern University Press; $24.95).

The 1977 novel A Scanner Darkly, by the famed sci-fi writer and Chicago native Philip K. Dick, is revamped in a graphic version (Pantheon; $15.95), composed of animated stills from the upcoming film adaptation starring Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, and Winona Ryder.

In Fundamentally Wrong (Basic Books; $26), U. of C. law professor Cass Sunstein warns how a conservative interpretation of the Constitution will damage the judicial system and, ultimately, society.

The Beliefnet Guide to Islam (Three Leaves Press; $9.95), by Hesham A. Hassaballa, cofounder of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, provides a comprehensive introduction to the practices and cultural implications of a religion that is widely misconstrued.

Catholic priest, U. of C. professor, and best-selling author Andrew M. Greeley releases Irish Crystal (Forge; $24.95), the ninth installment in his mystery series.

In A Stronger Kinship (Little, Brown; $24.95), Newberry Library scholar-in-residence Ana Lisa Cox tells a true story of equality in a mixed-race Michigan community in the 1860s.



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