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9 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

Among Other Things, I’ve Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney

Modeled on Book I of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Among Other Things... is a fresh, intriguing perspective on coming of age.

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Under the Boards by Jeffrey Lane

Lane conveys this power tug-a-war and all of Board's smarts with well-targeted and accessibly literate prose.

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6 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

Grub by Elise Blackwell

Grub reveals grubby secrets about the grubbing aspiring novelists undertake, forsaking art to put grub (and bling) on the table.

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5 Sep 2007 // 10:42 PM

The Hip-Hop Church by Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson

Their book might be understood as The Purpose Driven Life series meets generation hip-hop.

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I Love You Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

I Love You, Beth Cooper is an excellent addition to the growing list of nerd-inspired fiction.

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4 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds by April Lurie

Like any solid young adult novel, this one chronicles a young character's route to self-realization.

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(Not That You Asked) by Steve Almond

Steve Almond is a typical American guy (well, perhaps aside from caring about books and the fate of the human race, anyway).

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The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

The "red parts" in question are those of Maggie Nelson's Aunt Jane.

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Mission Accomplished by Khalil Bendib

Political cartooning in America is in terrible trouble.

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30 Aug 2007 // 10:41 PM

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

Two new books explore Jane Austin's world through time-traveling fiction and whimsical self-help.

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The Jamestown Project by Karen Ordahl Kupperman

For as long as it's been a part of history, the colony at Jamestown has been a bit of an older, ugly stepsister compared to the Pilgrims at Plymouth.

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29 Aug 2007 // 10:41 PM

Daddys Girls by Tasmina Perry

Glossy, first-class Daddy's Girls focuses heavily on the careers, loves, losses of the siblings, with a touch of secrets.

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28 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Becoming Shakespeare by Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch, a professor of English at Rutgers University, provides an informative account of the afterlife of the provincial playwright who became "the greatest portraitist of the human condition."

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The Evolving Brain by R. Grant Steen

Steen is refreshingly up-to-date on all the latest debates and controversies in brain studies.

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28 Aug 2007 // 2:00 AM

Last One In by Nicholas Kulish

There hasn't exactly been a glut of fiction dealing with the current war in Iraq.

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27 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Keeping the House by Ellen Baker

Two wives, a generation apart, intertwine in Keeping the House.

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The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

The author appears to be at the brink, a rational man who has, like so many of us, been pulling his hair out for several years now in impotent rage over the avalanche of nonsense issuing from positions of power in this country.

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26 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Two teens and a 600-year-old wizard battle evil in modern California in The Alchemyst.

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23 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Company by Robert Littell

The Company fails the Cheez-It test on several levels.

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23 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

When the World Was Young by Tony Romano

The first novel by Romano is a multilayered, often dark and edgy saga of one Italian-American family in the mid-to-later decades of 20th-century Chicago.

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