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25 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

A perspective on art from the inside out; Susan Vreeland's Luncheon of the Boating Party explores a Renoir work.

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Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal by Ann Rule

True-crime author's lethal weapon: the indelible image.

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The Gangster Film Reader by Alain Silver and James Ursini [Eds]

In an age when gangsters have given way to gangstas, it's refreshing to find a book that takes the older breed seriously.

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24 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Peony brings to life the heartache of women in 17th century China.

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Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of Americas First Black Filmmaker by Patrick McGilligan

Reading The Great and Only, one can only imagine the kind of film Micheaux's life story would make, and regret that the man himself isn't around to make it.

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With Speed and Violence by Fred Pearce

In alarming times, being an alarmist makes you right ...

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23 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South by Roy Blount Jr.

The native Georgian, who lives among fellow liberals in Massachusetts, is tired of the anti-Southern attitudes he constantly encounters from uninformed Northerners who seek to paint the South with one broad, redneck-stained brush.

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23 Jul 2007 // 9:58 PM

Dedication by Emma McLaughlin

While Dedication doesn't carve out new territory in the crowded chick lit universe, it is an appealing tale of giddy love, heartbreak and the ultimate triumph of girl power.

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The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

The attention to detail in The Blood of Flowers brought to mind Orhan Pamuk's My Name is Red.

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22 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille

The Culture Code is American to its core.

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22 Jul 2007 // 9:58 PM

Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician: A Novel by Daniel Wallace

Wonderful tales emerge in Mr. Sebastian.

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The Maytrees by Annie Dillard

The image of an enormous sack stuffed with love and sagging from a hat rack is not one of Dillard’s finest moments.

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19 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad

Biography captures the complexity of writer Ralph Ellison.

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Practical Research Methods for Media and Cultural Studies by Máire Messenger Davies and Nick Mo

I majored in history, but failed math: strongly agree, strongly disagree, or I don't remember. If you chose the first option, continue reading.

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18 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

New England White by Stephen L. Carter

New England White delves into the secrets of race, culture, morality and murder in a university town.

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18 Jul 2007 // 9:58 PM

The Chess Set in the Mirror by Massimo Bontempelli

Chess Set opens up a realm of imagination and insight

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17 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Storms by Carol Ann Harris

But is Harris describing isolated, drug-fuelled incidents that seem endemic of the time and culture she was living in -- or serial, criminal abuse?

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17 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Blaze by Richard Bachman

Calamity follows lonely, brain-damaged Clayton Blaisdell Jr. in Blaze, written 30 years ago.

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Interfictions by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss

What struck me most about these "interfictions," however, was their striking similarity, rather than their difference.

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16 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Fabric of America by Andro Linklater

Linklater offers an account of the extent to which clearly demarcated boundaries, of both the states and the nation, contributed to the formation of the American character.

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