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18 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Have You Found Her by Janice Erlbaum

This extraneous and monotonous reporting is made all the more regrettable by the fact that at the heart of this book is a truly unusual series of events, the full extent of which is not revealed until the very end.

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18 Mar 2008 // 9:58 PM

Beneath the Roses by Gregory Crewdson

Photographer's America reflects life at its most hopeless.

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17 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Pravda by Edward Docx

The odd mixture of cowardice and courage in all of us, the curious ties of family and genetics, and the eternal quest for significance are all contained within this novel.

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17 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants by Jaed Coffin

This shows where a journey of the mind, body, and spirit can take you, and how a search for answers can end, successfully, with acceptance of ambivalence and peace with the unknown.

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John Adams by David McCullough

A quintessentially American story about common heroic acts, and the impact one person can have when they throw their whole selves into a cause they believe in.

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Slash by Slash, Anthony Bozza

Somewhere between Slash living the junkie-cum-rock star lifestyle and recounting that life, there is a profound disconnect.

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The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan by ed. Robert D. Crews, Amin Tarzi

The best essay in this collection examines the Taliban’s often horrific use of public spectacle – hangings, whippings, and the like – and weaves that into a discussion of the marginalization of women under the current regime.

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12 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Willing by Scott Spencer

Spencer's endearingly lighthearted new novel is a comedy about a neurotic writer on a globe-trotting sex tour.

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The Future of Love by Shirley Abbott

This ensemble of characters interweave and tangle with betrayals just before the September 11th attacks, and then the whole book comes unhinged.

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11 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Head by Brett Kahr

While Kahr has certainly created a worthy addition to his field, he has not created an authoritative work.

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Our Daily Meds by Melody Petersen

It's hard to read Our Daily Meds without thinking of Americans as shaven-head underground dwellers of THX-1138, shuffling through their twilight days in a prescription-drug-haze.

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10 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Lush Life by Richard Price

The book asks the hard question: Will we ever end the violent cycle of poverty and crime? The answer: Not tonight, my man.

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9 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

It's impossible to read Mudbound without images of the Ninth Ward flooding one’s inner eye, or recalling the remarks made by former First Lady Barbara Bush.

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9 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

South Beach: The Novel by Brian Antoni

Perhaps fantasy best reflects reality of a place like South Beach.

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In Search of the Blues by Marybeth Hamilton

This is a different story of the blues; it is the story of those people (primarily white men and women) who were in search of something that they believed the blues or some other form of secular and "primitive" African-American music communicated in an undiluted manner.

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6 Mar 2008 // 8:59 PM

Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin

Zoglin frames stand-up comedians who achieved artistic maturity during the ‘70s as the “forgotten heroes” of the cultural revolution that rocked the country from Vietnam until the Reagan era.

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The Gathering by Anne Enright

A multigenerational saga that never sacrifices intimacy for affected grandeur, a domestic novel that feels limitless in scope, and a family tragedy that affirms the very life it laments.

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5 Mar 2008 // 8:59 PM

Consolation by Michael Redhill

Despite its urban setting, here is a continuation of themes that pervade through the annals of Canadian and US literature: wilderness, survival, and man versus nature.

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Brand New China by Jing Wang

Written like a college textbook and packaged like a novel, this book blurs the line between storytelling and statistical analysis, making for an interesting, complex read.

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4 Mar 2008 // 8:59 PM

You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane

Zombies, time travelers, reality TV contestants and even a few normalish folks populate the pages of Elizabeth Crane's quirky, charming new collection.

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