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15 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Peel Sessions by Ken Garner

The appendices alone, which include the complete “Festive Fifties” and “Peelenium”, qualify The Peel Sessions as an instant inductee into the Rock Book Hall of Fame.

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15 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Tampico by Toby Olson

A story of the elderly resisting surrender to death and finding an alternative way of living.

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12 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Family by Jeff Sharlet

What if the American fundamentalists' power and influence became such that they helped destabilize the New Deal, played key roles in anti-Communist foreign policy during the Cold War, and supported numerous bloodthirsty dictators?

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12 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

As various characters pull together against huge odds and the worst imaginable circumstances, Smith’s central themes of hope and redemption shine through

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A Nation of Wimps by Hara Estroff Marano

Longtime journalist and Editor-at-large at Psychology Today, Marano chronicles the psychological pitfalls of the current child-rearing environment.

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Tell the Truth Until They Bleed—Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Everything you never knew about the dark side of the blues and rock 'n' roll: the architects and the artists, the legends and the liars, the famously acclaimed and the anonymously unsung.

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Working Girl Blues by Hazel Dickens, Bill C. Malone

All fans of traditional music and students of feminism, southern culture, and labor movements, should read and revel in Working Girl Blues.

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Scared to Death: by Christopher Booker, Richard North

Research before you freak out, people. And for global warming's sake, wear a condom.

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The White King by György Dragomán (Author), Paul Olchváry (Translator)

This is not just a beautiful novel, but also an important political reflection.

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Panic on the Streets: by Phill Gatenby

For the sort whom no bit of Smiths trivia is too, well, trivial, you'll want to add Panic to your collection of Smiths tomes, as few others can probably match Gatenby's privileged knowledge of the band and its environs.

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Sound Unbound by Paul D. Miller (editor), Steve Reich (Introduction)

One contribution to the collection is a discussion of Keith’s sonic portrait, "Sexmachines", a triptych based on multiple recordings of the sounds made by a vibrator, a dildo, and an anal plug.

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8 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards by Al Kooper

Kooper's stories are detailed, voluminous and engaging -- and here you get them all.

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Young J. Edgar by Kenneth D. Ackerman

Justice is meant to be blind, but Hoover and Palmer saw red everywhere they looked.

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Amy Amy Amy by Nick Johnstone

The interviews contain much hearsay, and several interviewees had very brief contact with Amy Winehouse.

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Looking for Jimmy by Peter Quinn

The disastrous Irish Potato Famine: the result of the collision of unchecked technological advances and subjugation to a conquering monarchy.

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4 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Revolution! by Nikolas Kozloff

While sympathetic to the political agendas of the various leftist governments currently in power, Revolution! soberly dissects their many shortcomings, as well.

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Manhattan Nocturne: by Colin Harrison

The story turns on the fate of two illicitly filmed voyeur videos – the saddest and strangest sexual encounters ever conceived.

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The Good Parents by Joan London

In the same way that Laura Palmer became largely irrelevant to the story of Twin Peaks, so the missing Maya is somewhat tangential from the moment she skips town.

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2 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Acceptance by Susan Coll

Like the unpopular teen in the classroom, Coll seems too concerned that her cast of characters comes out looking good, and this in part takes away from the book's potential impact.

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2 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Manuscript by Michael Stephen Fuchs

What starts out as a promising concept with a few clever ideas quickly devolves in to the equivalent of a bad action movie.

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