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18 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Slavery by Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon

No two books can give a comprehensive look at what it was like to be a black American near the turn of the century, but these two are a good start.

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But Didn’t We Have Fun? by Peter Morris

Early baseballers were sticklers for ritual and rules, handing out fines for profanity and frowning upon competitiveness that grew too heated. Can you imagine?

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15 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Story of a Marriage by Andrew Sean Greer

The fears and foibles of the '50s are background to this suspenseful and poetic domestic drama.

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14 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Being Armani by Renata Molho

Ultimately, readers will be offended not because Armani is demanding or narcissistic, but simply because he’s boring.

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14 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Finder by Colin Harrison

This thriller further proves that genre constraints can inspire real talent.

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13 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

Kluge by Gary Marcus

Marcus notes amusingly that people with bigger shoe sizes tend to know more about history and geography than people with small shoe sizes.

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13 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Do Travel Writers Go to Hell? by Thomas Kohnstamm

The best-written, funniest book of travel literature since Phaic Tan

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12 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

From Betamax to Blockbuster by Joshua M. Greenberg

In its everyday use, VCR technology led to a sociocultural shift, the outcomes of which remain with us today.

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12 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen

Matthiessen does murder so well, the reader can see the rage in Watson's feral eyes. Can feel the blade of his razor drawing across the throat.

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Pretty Vacant: by Phil Strongman

Strongman makes a determined case for punk’s longevity, proving that the genre’s spirit will never die.

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11 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Sepulchre by Kate Mosse

Much entertaining nonsense, not a bit of it plausible, takes place in each narrative stream.

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Dizzying Heights by Bruce Ducker

Ducker turns away from some of the more sorrowful themes of his past to have a little fun at money's expense, and in doing so highlights some of the contradictions of Colorado with a sense of charm and wit.

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8 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Complex by Nick Turse

This could've been written while sitting at one desk and never even seeing the inside of the Pentagon, or any military establishment, or speaking to a single person with any knowledge on the subject.

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Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

Lahiri often confuses size with scope, hoping that by making her stories long they will achieve some sort of literary heft.

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7 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Madness by Marya Hornbacher

The problem here may be that Hornbacher doesn't remember much of her own life, which would make writing a memoir difficult.

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All Music Guide Required Listening: Classic Rock / Old School Rap and Hip-Hop / Contemporary Country

Overall, this is just what you’d expect from the creators of the AMG online database: exhaustive in its approach and attempts to give readers an understanding of the bigger picture.

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6 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Relish by Ruth Cowen

Relish will appeal to Victorian history buffs, dedicated foodies, and those who love compelling biographies of the once-famous, now-obscure.

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The Man Who Turned Into Himself by David Ambrose

Ambrose hypnotizes readers with his sheer, unflinching ability to capture the confusion, betrayal, and regret that must be present in every possible world.

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5 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Forger by Cioma Schonhaus

It is his efforts in saving others which lend the book its title, and earned Schonhaus his nickname as the “Jewish Schindler”.

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The Sorrows of an American by Siri Hustvedt

Hustvedt's ability to incorporate so much material so seamlessly makes reading this book like drinking a wonderful old burgundy: rich, complex, lush, smooth.

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