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Scared to Death: by Christopher Booker, Richard North

Research before you freak out, people. And for global warming's sake, wear a condom.

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The White King by György Dragomán (Author), Paul Olchváry (Translator)

This is not just a beautiful novel, but also an important political reflection.

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Panic on the Streets: by Phill Gatenby

For the sort whom no bit of Smiths trivia is too, well, trivial, you'll want to add Panic to your collection of Smiths tomes, as few others can probably match Gatenby's privileged knowledge of the band and its environs.

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Sound Unbound by Paul D. Miller (editor), Steve Reich (Introduction)

One contribution to the collection is a discussion of Keith’s sonic portrait, "Sexmachines", a triptych based on multiple recordings of the sounds made by a vibrator, a dildo, and an anal plug.

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8 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Backstage Passes and Backstabbing Bastards by Al Kooper

Kooper's stories are detailed, voluminous and engaging -- and here you get them all.

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Young J. Edgar by Kenneth D. Ackerman

Justice is meant to be blind, but Hoover and Palmer saw red everywhere they looked.

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Amy Amy Amy by Nick Johnstone

The interviews contain much hearsay, and several interviewees had very brief contact with Amy Winehouse.

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Looking for Jimmy by Peter Quinn

The disastrous Irish Potato Famine: the result of the collision of unchecked technological advances and subjugation to a conquering monarchy.

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4 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Revolution! by Nikolas Kozloff

While sympathetic to the political agendas of the various leftist governments currently in power, Revolution! soberly dissects their many shortcomings, as well.

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Manhattan Nocturne: by Colin Harrison

The story turns on the fate of two illicitly filmed voyeur videos – the saddest and strangest sexual encounters ever conceived.

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The Good Parents by Joan London

In the same way that Laura Palmer became largely irrelevant to the story of Twin Peaks, so the missing Maya is somewhat tangential from the moment she skips town.

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2 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

Acceptance by Susan Coll

Like the unpopular teen in the classroom, Coll seems too concerned that her cast of characters comes out looking good, and this in part takes away from the book's potential impact.

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2 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Manuscript by Michael Stephen Fuchs

What starts out as a promising concept with a few clever ideas quickly devolves in to the equivalent of a bad action movie.

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Gossip of the Starlings by Nina de Gramont

Drugs, liquor and over-privileged teenagers. If you're into those sorts of things.

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1 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Lincolns by Daniel Mark Epstein

This book is about Lincoln the lover, Lincoln the dad, Lincoln the life partner.

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The Concrete Dragon by Thomas J. Campanella

Campanella describes the new skylines of China from Shanghai to Beijing to Guangzhou with an expert’s eye and novelist’s wit.

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The Lost Supreme by Peter Benjaminson

A tellingly thin text, this book is content to coast along to the beat of the standard Behind The Music formula, complete with prose that feels readymade for Jim Forbes’ melodramatic voiceovers.

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28 May 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Wildfire Season by Andrew Pyper

Pyper writes about the stunning landscape of the Yukon and the inherent danger of living in a world dominated by the elements.

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28 May 2008 // 10:59 PM

Nixonland by Rick Perlstein

Author of ‘Nixonland' dubs Nixon architect of country's left-right divide.

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Follow Your Heart: Moving with the Giants of Jazz, Swing, and Rhythm and Blues by Joe Evans

It's fun discovering that Jackie Wilson used to be a prizefighter or imagining band members waking up a drugged-out Charlie Parker right before his solo.

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