Critic Jeff Turrentine, writing in the Nov. 28 issue of the Indy, had to this to say in his review of Allan Gurganus' 2001 collection, The Practical Heart (pictured): "His books tap into the chaotic waters that swirl just beneath, and threaten to flood, our carefully cultivated landscapes: Jim Crow in Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, gay Manhattan during the 1980s in Plays Well with Others. Now, in The Practical Heart, Gurganus pulls out all the tools at his disposal--insight, bravery, humor and an unerring ear for the vernacular poetry of ordinary people--and pries open the gap between what things seem to be and what they actually are." Last year, the title novella of Gurganus' new book received the National Magazine Prize. Hear the author read at the New Hope Commons Barnes & Noble in Durham this Thursday, Feb. 21, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. Call 419-8290 for details.