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Poison Woman by Christine L. Marran

The most infamous of the "Poison Women" became notorious because her every action upset the natural order.

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6 Aug 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Sirens of Baghdad: A Novel by Yasmina Khadra

Its gripping descriptions of the world as seen through the eyes of a simple young man deeply centered in culture and tradition provide a lesson on how actions can turn a friend into a very dangerous foe.

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6 Aug 2007 // 9:58 PM

New England White by Stephen L. Carter

Carter has found a way to educate readers about this "secret" class without boring them with historical footnotes or explanations about the source of their wealth.

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Reading Comics by Douglas Wolk

Wolk discusses each selection with a fan's enthusiasm and a critic's eye for detail.

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Death of a Dissident by Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko, Marina Litvinenko

Absorbing both these books resembles downing one's skulduggery straight, on an empty stomach, without any "sweeteners."

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The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe by Michael Frayn

The Human Touch is the latest in a series of blockbuster volumes in which writers from whom you might expect something different have taken on the cosmos, whether conceived physically or in intellectual terms.

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2 Aug 2007 // 9:59 PM

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Lisa See's Peony in Love about a lovelorn maiden disappoints as a novel but is a fascinating window on historical China.

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1 Aug 2007 // 10:00 PM

American Food Writing by Molly ONeill [Editor]

Any food lover will tell you that to learn about a culture, one can do no better than to pull up a chair and pick up a fork.

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1 Aug 2007 // 9:59 PM

Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal

Harsh Charity Girl explores horrific treatment of women during WWI.

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31 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

In Wood's hands, Little Red Riding Hood had never met a wolf so dangerous.

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Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case by Carol Pogash

What makes Pogash's book so powerful is that it evokes the universal bafflement we feel over the tortured relationships some other people endure.

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The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys by Carole Kismaric and Marvin Heiferman

Kismaric and Heiferman continually insult both the intelligence and the taste of their readers, offering sentence after poorly written sentence.

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The Boys From Dolores: Fidel Castros Classmates from Revolution to Exile by Patrick Symmes

Travel writer captures the essence of Fidel's school days in The Boys From Dolores.

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29 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Exit Wounds by Ruru Modan

That Modan pulls off this little parable without once invoking the Arab-Israeli conflict directly is even more impressive.

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The United States and Central America: Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility by Mark Rosenbe

Scholar says the cycle of neglect that marks U.S. policy toward Central America isn't likely to be broken soon.

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29 Jul 2007 // 9:58 PM

Sammys House by Kristin Gore

Author Kristin Gore knows politics, but Sammy's House plods anyway.

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How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

If Hornby and Parsons are the prime examples of UK "lad lit", then American author Jonathan Tropper leads the "guy lit" genre.

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26 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

A Handbook to Luck by Cristina Garcia

Author Cristina Garcia goes in search of Cuba.

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Stealing the Wave: The Epic Struggle Between Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo by Andy Martin

The ocean wasn't big enough for both of these surf hotshots; one had to die.

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Becoming Eichmann by David Cesarani

There are virtually no details of Adolf Eichmann's personal life in Cesarani's book.

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