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9 Apr 2007 // 10:59 PM

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott's quirky, intimate, outraged-liberal voice has been a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stuffy genre of modern Christian literature.

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The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

When the big firefight finally comes, it's delivered with such killer and off-kilter panache that Elmore Leonard would be envious.

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8 Apr 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Diary of Petr Ginz: 1941-1942 by Peter Ginz

A small story of everyday barbarity.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Hamid gives us the actions, we create the motives.

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5 Apr 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Mosaic Crimes by Giulio Leoni

A medieval poet an is unlikely sleuth in The Mosaic Crimes, as odd a thriller as you are likely to come upon.

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4 Apr 2007 // 11:00 PM

Better by Atul Gawande, MD

Instead of handing out a heavy pile of research, he chooses to remains an agile writer, commenting on complex issues through a series of intimate vignettes.

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The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York by Joel Rose

Edgar Allan Poe stars in a 19th-century murder mystery.

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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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