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November 2, 2005 |

Mr. Keillor, Up here on the frozen tundra of Alaska, your show is a warm fire on a cold night with a good friend. I'm a Air Force physician scheduled to deploy to Iraq next summer. I have been advised to bring plenty of reading material with me to the desert. Are there certain books you'd recommend to read in the summer heat of Babylon?

Sincerely,
Scott McBride


Scott, I'd recommend The Medical Detectives by Berton Roueche, a collection of true stories about adventures in diagnosis by a wonderful old New Yorker writer. Another guy you might like is A.J. Liebling and there's a great old collection from Playboy Press, in two volumes, "Liebling At Home" and "Liebling Abroad," that you can buy (cheap) from a used bookstore. Try abe.com for easy ordering online. And how about Stendhal's "The Red and The Black". And the poems of Barbara Hamby, which are wild Americana. I could go on .......

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