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Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

While many of us are proud of reading regularly, voraciously, or eclectically, how many of us really pay close attention to what we read?

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3 Apr 2007 // 10:59 PM

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris's novel feels like a readymade classic of the Great American Office Novel genre.

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Riddled with Life by Marlene Zuk

[Zuk] points out, males in general owe their existence to disease.

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1 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Company by Max Barry

It's a curious blend of a book: a confection that manages to provoke deep reflection; a contrived, superficial novel with something important to say.

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29 Mar 2007 // 11:05 PM

The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid

Two approaches, one literary, the other genre, from Val McDermid and John Banville deliver similar rewards.

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29 Mar 2007 // 10:59 PM

Marc Chagall by Jonathan Wilson

Chagall's dilemma --_ Yiddish culture versus his desire to be a modern artist -- was never resolved.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson by Philip Lambert

It's the ultimate in the band A = band B + band C style of music criticism, and it grows old quickly.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy / Oprah’s Book Club selection

Oprah loves the father-son journey of Cormac McCarthy's post-apocalyptic novel and has made it the newest pick in the influential Oprah's Book Club.

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26 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

69 Love Songs by LD Beghtol

The album this book profiles is imperfect, yet astounding.

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26 Mar 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Interview by King Hurley

Business thriller The Interview is a promising debut.

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You Suck by Christopher Moore

Sometimes when authors throw a bone to their fans, it sucks the life right out of the stories. That's far from the case for Christopher Moore, who manages to draw a lot of vitality out of some undead characters here.

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25 Mar 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

Bookish The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay keeps the pages turning.

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22 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

Man Booker Prize-winner John Banville offers his first crime novel.

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Praying for Gil Hodges by Thomas Oliphant

In his tender memoir, Praying for Gil Hodges, Thomas Oliphant shows that the most powerful baseball stories don't always make national headlines.

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22 Mar 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Rough Guide to Westerns by Paul Simpson

Every time you think the western has bitten the dust at last, a new one scores an unexpected hit.

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21 Mar 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Virgin of Flames by Chris Abani

In The Virgin of Flames, the Nigerian-born novelist -- who's also a poet with a new collection, Hands Washing Water -- sets another story of a protagonist coming to grips with his own identity in a multicultural milieu.

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20 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Lincolns Smile and Other Enigmas by Alan Trachtenberg

Essayist Alan Trachtenberg explores act, art of seeing in Lincoln's Smile.

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20 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

With respect for Picoult's demonstrated talent and past successes, I must say there are inconsistencies and bloopers throughout her book.

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Dreaming of Gwen Stefani by Evan Mandery

Are we robots? Does true love exist? Why are we here?

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Working Stiff by Grant Stoddard

Lurking beneath the details of sploshing and the etiquette of pants-optional bridge is a straightforward memoir about a small-town boy moving to the big city.

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