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7 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility by Taner Akcam

To put it bluntly: In those dying days, Ottoman leaders killed most of Turkey's Christians, just as Nazi Germany would kill most of its Jews.

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6 Dec 2006 // 8:01 PM

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Yes, Virginia, there is another mystery writer in Scotland besides Ian Rankin.

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6 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Not To: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Terranova

Like the process of becoming experienced, these poems ask us to pay attention.

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5 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Sweet and Low by Rich Cohen

He views these subjects (his family) from a distance, and this enables him to study them, as they are, in their complicated, ugly glory.

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4 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

The 1950s Most Wanted by Robert A. Rodriguez

Frank Zappa wasn't the son of Mr. Green Jeans?

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3 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Light of Evening by Edna OBrien

This is a novel about feelings as much as events. You must be willing to immerse, to submerge.

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3 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Magical Meteorite Songwriting Device by Exene Cervenka

Magical Meteorite Songwriting Device fulfills expectations and excitement of long-time fans, and can also stand alone as a solid representation of mixed media art today.

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Walt Disney, The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

The first half of Neal Gabler's meaty tome on 20th-century America's favorite uncle has the unexpected effect of making a reader want to watch cartoons.

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Adult Themes by Kate Crawford

Crawford's greatest contribution to the debate on the decline of modern civilisation is her call for a reasoned, well-developed ethics of adulthood, rather than the shallow focus on external signifiers.

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette started out as what we today would call dumb as a stump.

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The Exquisite by Laird Hunt

Does one narrative take place before the other, or are they happening at the same time? The game is afoot."

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon requires commitment.

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Copping Free by Matthew Carnahan

Quinn is just too perfect to be a true noir hero.

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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006 by Series Editor: Daphne Carr / Guest Editor: Mary Gaitskill

Essays not only follow a thematic progression, but a rhythmic one as well.

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Shes Such a Geek! Women Write About Science, Technology and other Nerdy Stuff by Annalee Newitz and

In circus parlance, a 'geek' is a sideshow performer who does disgusting things such as bite the heads off live chickens.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Strange Wisdoms of the Dead by Mike Allen

When we think of science fiction, we tend not to think of poetry.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dirty Blonde by Courtney Love

As with a tortured confessional poet, it's easier to take Love's lyrics and writings at their autobiographical face value than to grant there may be something more complicated at work.

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A Star is Found by Janet Hirshenson and Jane Jenkins

In an exuberant, faultlessly pleasant manner, the authors take us behind the Hollywood curtain and into a world often misunderstood.

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20 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Static by Amy Goodman and David Goodman

Most people couldn't describe to you the practical mechanics of the stem cell controversy and more than they could tell you about the horrors of detainment and secret CIA prisons.

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19 Nov 2006 // 3:00 PM

Golem Song by Marc Estrin

Alan Krieger, self-styled arbiter of Jewish identity, is a charming monster -- omnivorous reader with apparently perfect recall, consumer of White Castle burgers and Reddi-Wip, racist, paranoiac, and, at least in desire, a mass-murderer.

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