Reviews > Books

28 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays by Anne Fadiman

Fadiman's essays may start out as handshakes, but they quickly distill into murmurs floating across the table during a long afternoon squandered over Earl Grey and blueberry scones.

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Courting Equality by Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn

The gay community is by no means united on the importance or prioritization of marriage rights.

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27 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

What You Have Left by Will Allison

Collects many of South Carolina's idiosyncracies -- video poker, Confederate flag atop the State House, NASCAR hobby drivers -- and puts them to good use.

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26 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Pornology by Ayn Carrillo-Gailey

Carrillo-Gailey establishes early in the book that she is a Harvard graduate, a professional, and by all assessments, a "good girl."

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China Ghosts: My Daughters Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood by Jeff Gammage

Gammage's beautifully written memoir, which weaves together emotionally wrenching narrative with insightful social commentary, will resonate with any American who has taken the same journey.

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Getting Loose by Sam Binkley

Binkley does more than simply mark the transition from Yippy to yuppie.

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24 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan

A Nail Through the Heart can be read as an anti-noir, eschewing the taciturn, solitary detective for a man whose only desire is to connect.

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24 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

Lying with Strangers by James Grippando

Soap opera shocks plus thriller chills.

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21 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

To Lives To Fly by John Kruth

Knuth also shares several direct quotes from Van Zandt in which he consistently maintains that he was simply a medium for songs.

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21 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Our animals, ourselves: Sara Gruen tells it as it is in her novel of handlers and the handled.

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Karaoke by Zhou Xun and Francesca Tarocco

The authors delve into karaoke technology, such as the popular (and my personal favorite) video game Karaoke Revolution, and even explore the bizarre "pornaoke" found in British Columbia.

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20 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Religion by Tim Willocks

This sweeping epic romance set against the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565 might be a candidate for best novel of the year -- were it not so very badly written.

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Songs for the Dancing Chicken by Emily Schultz

The distance between one's self and the person snuggly sleeping next to us is often cruel and crushing.

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The Atomic Bazaar: The Rise of the Nuclear Poor by William Langewiesche

In his precise, clear, muddy boots-on-the-ground style, Langewiesche explains the complex problem of nuclear proliferation.

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18 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Pushed by Jennifer Block

A pregnant woman checking into the hospital today cannot be guaranteed that she won’t get unnecessary drugs, incisions, or surgery.

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18 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Physics of Christianity by Frank Tipler

Tulane professor thinks modern physics has confirmed Christianity -- from the Virgin Birth through the Turin Shroud and walking on water to the Resurrection -- in detail.

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Daydream Nation by Matthew Stearns

In other words, the pre-grunge, slashing cyberpunk poetry of Daydream Nation makes for an album that inspires ridiculously devoted fans.

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17 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Shadow Catcher by Marianne Wiggins

Past and present converge in a postmodern The Shadow Catcher, a story of hope and disillusionment in the American west.

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Public Cowboy No.1: The Life and Times of Gene Autry by Holly George-Warren

Gene Autry is the only entertainer to have five stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for radio, recording, motion pictures, television and live performance.

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Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell by Bruce Eric Kaplan

No one wants to see BEK turn into Lynn Johnston.

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