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6 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story by Frances Kiernan

The old elite was not morally superior to the new, but its members carried themselves better. If you want to know more about them, read Edith Wharton.

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5 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

At the Same Time by Susan Sontag

There's an exciting pressure here for artists and writers alike to shake up the status quo, to go under attack.

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Gamer Theory by McKenzie Wark

Gamer Theory concerns itself with more than just the interpretation of video games; it's about gaming ambience -- that is, gamespace -- as the kinetic field within which game players exist.

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4 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great by Karen Karbo

What Kate could teach us: Author gleans self-help lessons from the life of the screen legend Katharine Hepburn.

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3 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Strange World of David Lynch by Eric G. Wilson

You read it right, folks: Wilson has written one of that film's most astute descriptions without seeing a single frame.

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3 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

Sovereign by C. J. Sansom

C.J. Sansom's richly textured historical thriller Sovereign is set in the 1540s and in the darkening twilight of Henry VIII's grip on power.

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31 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Case for Literature by Gao Xingjian

For those of us who find sports boring but literature exciting, an upcoming Olympics brings expectations of a special sort.

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31 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

FDR by Jean Edward Smith

Masterful profile of FDR reminds us of his powerful legacy.

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Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

The quest for the true cause of Sir Edward's death takes the reader into some truly dark territory. We have a come a long way since "the butler did it".

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30 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poets Life by Scott Donaldson

Donaldson sets out to rescue Robinson from his detractors and his admirers alike.

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Wall Street Noir by Peter Spiegelman [Editor]

For desperate acts, psychosexual kinks, and a pervasive sense of fatalism, there are better places to look than the office of a CFO.

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Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell

Exploring the life of an adventurer who broke the mold of the Victorian-era woman.

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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

The precise nature of McEwan's writing fortunately doesn't leave him scrabbling about looking for gentle euphemisms when it comes to talking about the naughty bits.

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The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story behind the Original Film by Jonathan W. Rinzler

A hefty, and pricy, art book crammed with newly unearthed interviews

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24 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Nirvana by Everett True

One of the author's major assertions, expressed through quotes of others, is that Nirvana remains a powerful entity owing much to the fact that Kurt Cobain is gone.

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24 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Up in Honeys Room by Elmore Leonard

Leonard's novels give you a better feel for America than any of the brooding fictional meditations on the emptiness of suburbia come close to doing.

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Ill Sleep When Im Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

Warren Zevon's ex-wife portrays him as a genius -- and a tyrant.

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New Cultural Studies by Gary Hall and Clare Birchall [Editors]

As a discipline, it's a bit like a sandwich left out for an hour; you come back to it, and it's already stale.

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23 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

Noble story of imprisoned dissident, young orphan fills The Lizard Cage.

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22 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's new book is a novel, of course, but it's amazing -- it's written like an oral history, with a complicated matrix of characters and events.

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