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17 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Tomorrow by Graham Swift

The protagonist's compelling monologue finds her mining her past to prepare herself for the secrets she must reveal to her children come morning.

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16 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Granta Book of Reportage by Ian Jack

In an era of media overload and addiction to the immediate, he's demarcating a space for the measured, thoughtful, and in-depth narratives that can only be put together by the man (or woman) on the ground.

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16 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

Ludlow by David Mason

For this is nothing if not a human story. If it may be said to have a "message," it's that it is not governments and organizations, ideologies or even grand philosophical notions that are decisive in human affairs.

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13 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

God’s Harvard by Hanna Rosin

Rosin’s study provides an accomplished example for future investigations of evangelical politics, and she offers fair and necessary critiques of idealism and limitations of Patrick Henry College.

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13 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years by Michael Palin

No laughing matter: Comics' memoirs reveal seriously hard work, conflict behind success.

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13 Dec 2007 // 9:58 PM

Opium Season: A Year on the Afghan Frontier by Joel Hafvenstein

Switch "Afghan" with "Vietnamese" and you experience a chilling sense of deja vu while reading Opium Season.

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The Murder of Regilla by Sarah B. Pomeroy

Regilla's story demonstrates the importance of a historical voice, and how groups that are marginalized, oppressed, or devalued like the women of antiquity can be squelched by those who dominate them.

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12 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Day of Battle by Rick Atkinson

Atkinson's earlier work, An Army at Dawn, won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 2003, and, if anything, The Day of Battle is even more engrossing.

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The Gothic by Gilda Williams

As this volume makes clear, there's nothing new about the Gothic culture, which goes back, well, to the Goths.

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11 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Great Arab Conquests by Hugh Kennedy

Pair of books offer historical truths about Jewish, Arab territory.

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The Unaffordable Nation by Jeffrey Jones

Prada or Peanut Butter: The Sandwich Generation’s Decision in the Land of Silk or Honey.

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10 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

Slope of the Child Everlasting by Laurie Kutchins

Laurie Kutchins' new work invokes life's cycles, but relies less on story line and more on image, form and sound.

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10 Dec 2007 // 9:58 PM

Bones to Ashes by Kathy Reichs

Even for those uninitiated to Tempe's world, it will prove an interesting look at the intersection between crime and science, and unlike CSI, it has no commercials.

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The Bad Girl by Mario Vargas Llosa

The Bad Girl works better as a travelogue of Ricardo, the rootless intellect, than as a fabulist's tale of love gone sour right from the start.

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Until Proven Innocent by Stuart Taylor, KC Johnson

Until Proven Innocent is a police procedural, a courtroom drama, a social commentary, a correction of spurious history, and most simply, an engrossing story of heroes and villains.

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The Last Days of Democracy by Elliot D. Cohen, Bruce W. Fraser

The way that The Last Days of Democracy cuts through the propaganda of the mainstream media and political establishment provides an antidote for those who wish to open their eyes.

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5 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

Last Rituals by Yrsa Sigurdardottir

In contrast with, say, The Da Vinci Code's continuous allegro vivace, with every chapter a cliffhanger, Last Rituals proceeds at just the right tempo: moderato.

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Like You’d Understand, Anyway by Jim Shepard

With this brilliant book, Shepard has established himself as modern fiction's master of voice.

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4 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Water Cure by Percival Everett

Percival Everett, an innovative writer of contemporary fiction, tells a story violent and crude, yet captivating in The Water Cure.

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3 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Punk House by Abby Banks, Timothy Findlen

Punk House: Interiors in Anarchy shows the homes of free spirits whose concept of decor has nothing to do with Trading Spaces and everything to do with the purest possible forms of personal expression.

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