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Christopher Hitchens and His Critics: Terror, Iraq, and the Left by Cottee & Cushman, Eds.

How could a critic of empire, a loyal friend to the Palestinians, and the bane of Henry Kissinger ally himself with the Bush administration and its push for imperial adventures in the Middle East?

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Mixing It Up by Ishamel Reed

Reed's viewpoint is that of the seditionist, but as is the nature of such things, such fixation can narrow one's perspective.

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Deluxe: How Luxury Lost its Luster

A fashion reporter peels back the veneer of today's luxury brands and uncovers the unseemly impulses that have opened exclusivity up to the masses, mostly for the worse.

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Paul Schrader by George Kouvaros

Taxi Driver is pioneering especially in relation to its unflinchingly contradictory anti-hero Travis Bickle, the character Schrader conceived who can perform noble deeds as well as insane violence.

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When Will There Be Good News? by Kate Atkinson

Toss in mysterious fires and a train crash, and the Atkinsonian plot machine—a wonderful thing--is off and running.

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Electronic Tribes: The Virtual Worlds of Geeks, Gamers, Shamans, and Scammers by Adams & Smith, Eds.

This interesting collection of essays discusses how we love, hate, and mate in the 21st century.

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9 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Home by Marilynne Robinson

Note to parents, present and future: Some regrets are better kept to yourself.

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8 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

I Am Death by Gary Amdahl

What follows is a tale so compelling that I ate it up in a single sitting.

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7 Oct 2008 // 11:00 PM

Sound Against Flame by Derek Beres

Hey, did you hear what happened when the yogi, the atheist, the Rasta, and the Jesus freak walked into a bar?

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7 Oct 2008 // 10:59 PM

American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld

A vapid, starry-eyed novelization of the life and marriage of first lady Laura Bush.

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In the Land of Invisible Women by Qanta A. Ahmed

As Ahmed slowly develops friendships with Saudi women, she learns there is more going on behind their abbayahs than meets the eye.

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Dave Barry’s History of the Millennium (So Far)

International relations get another moment in the spotlight when Barry mentions that in December 2006 the five permanent members of the UN Security Council include the US, the UK, Russia, China, and Google.

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The Wonder Singer by George Rabasa

There's something particularly pathetic about a desperate man in the throes of an existential mid-life crisis.

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The Hayloft Gang: The Story of the National Barn Dance, ed. Chad Berry

This collection of essays makes as much of an effort to raise questions about the National Barn Dance's disappearance from public memory as it does to rectify the problem.

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Wall of America by Thomas M. Disch

An important and dutiful volume that catches readers up on just about everything Disch was doing, at least in science fiction, over the past few years.

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My Sister, My Love by Joyce Carol Oates

A strange hybrid of cultural parody and psychological realism, in which Oates’s broadly drawn characters gradually take on realistic emotional complexity.

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Hot, Flat, and Crowded by Thomas Friedman

The difference between us and Friedman is that he tends to actually be in a position to talk to people whose opinions on the subjects of energy and growth really matter.

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The Life and Death of Images,  Diarmuid Costello & Dominic Willsdon (eds.)

In addition to a reasonably strict adherence to the analytic restrictions of philosophical inquiry, the speakers in this book seem to be on a subtextual quest to save art.

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Clawing at the Limits of Cool by Griffin & Washington

The greatest strength of this book comes in Griffin and Washington's perceptive analysis of the cultural meanings of the public images projected by both musicians.

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An Exact Replica of a Figment of My Imagination by Elizabeth McCracken

The trademark dry wit that made The Giant’s House so enjoyable is much in evidence here, even as McCracken unfolds one of life’s worst possible events.

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