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On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World by P. J. ORourke

Humorist P.J. O'Rourke livens things up in a new book on economic pioneer Adam Smith.

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The Story of the Cannibal Woman by Maryse Conde (translated from the French by Richard Philcox)

Carribean novelist Maryse Conde's ambitious mystery is filled with delicious irony and remarkable narrative verve.

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22 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

The Art of Losing by Keith Dixon

A deceptive The Art of Losing morphs from caper to moral fable.

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22 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

The Kouga Ninja Scrolls by Futaro Yamada

Secret warfare, mystical powers, political turmoil and two ancient, feuding ninja families: it's no wonder that Futaro Yamada's classic Japanese novel still endures.

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22 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Charles Addams: A Cartoonists Life by Linda H. Davis

Charles Addams' cartoons are fascinating, but not his life.

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The Call of the Weird by Louis Theroux

Lamb and Lynx showed signs of wanting to go mainstream, and describe Green Day as the equivalent of "pretty good for a commie band".

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21 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

Somewhere: A Life of Jerome Robbins by Amanda Vaill

A compelling biography of innovative dance master Jerome Robbins.

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Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson

Ultimately, Johnson lays out a troubling barrage of facts to buttress his case, but it's an avalanche as opposed to a finely articulated trickle.

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20 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now by Peter Wood

"New Anger" traced to those '60s liberals in A Bee in the Mouth.

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Profane Waste by Gretchen Craft Rubin and Dana Hoey

What is the point of a self-indulgent celebration of waste, profane or otherwise, in this age of inconvenient truth, a time in which ecological sustainability is the single-most pressing issue facing the planet?

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The Rhythm of the Road by Albyn Leah Hall

The tragedy of music, on the evidence of The Rhythm of the Road is the way it lends flesh to powerful escapist fantasies, which for some people prove more appealing than the real world.

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18 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

What Paul Meant by Garry Wills

Garry Wills' new book is a bold appraisal of the apostle.

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Steal This Music by Joanna Demers

Music has presented copyright challenges nearly from the start, according to Demers, in part because the law has generally lagged behind technology.

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15 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Bad Blood by Linda Fairstein

Going underground in New York.

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14 Feb 2007 // 10:00 PM

Ten Days in the Hills by Jane Smiley

What should you do when war starts? Visit a friend! Talk! Have sex!

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14 Feb 2007 // 9:59 PM

Fruit of the Lemon by Andrea Levy

Wedged between the familiar and family.

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14 Feb 2007 // 9:58 PM

A Worldly Country: New Poems by John Ashbery

A poet with a gift for the odd and unique.

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Bee Thousand by Marc Woodworth

Simultaneously a mythologizing and de-mythologizing book, Bee Thousand demonstrates yet again the power of Faulkner's claim that "the past isn't even past."

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13 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

The Polish Woman by Eva Mekler

Long-lost cousin, or impostor capitalizing on family's grief?

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Epitaph for a Tramp and Epitaph for a Dead Beat by David Markson

He's a Hemingway character in a James Cain world, a James Cain world by way of Jack Kerouac.

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