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Friday, October 7 2005

The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss

The world's greatest pickup artists, who can have their pick of any female, damage their brotherhood over a woman.


Thursday, October 6 2005

The Flavor of our Faith: Reflections on Hispanic Life and Christian Faith by Karen Valentin with Rev

The Hispanic/Anglo issues addressed by Valentin contain universal cultural themes.


Wednesday, October 5 2005

Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish by Abigail Pogrebin

Wieseltier condemns the a la carte Judaism of those who choose what aspect of the religion they like and leave the rest behind and considers those people incompetent because they don't bother to learn what they don't know.


Tuesday, October 4 2005

Dean and Me (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan

Lewis does not blame his partner for the inevitable and bitter break-up in 1956. Instead, he makes it very clear that the separation was almost all his idea.


Monday, October 3 2005

Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

Seemingly no kernel of isolated trivia or controversial factoid is small enough to escape the author's notice.


Friday, September 30 2005

Star Struck by Pamela Anderson

There's something subtly depressive about the laundry list way that Anderson catalogs Star's life as if afflicted with something like the tit job version of ennui.


Thursday, September 29 2005

The Saints’ Guide to Happiness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Spirit by Robert Ellsberg

Ellsberg's saints teach us sadness is not the opposite of happiness, but a part of it.


Wednesday, September 28 2005

Turn That Down!: A Hysterical History of Rock, Roll, Pop, Soul, Punk, Funk, Rap, Grunge, Motown, Met

Lewis Grossberger is many things, but a historian he ain't.


Tuesday, September 27 2005

Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs by Jerry Avorn, MD

Powerful Medicines is an expert's look at the problems behind how medications are studied, approved, marketed, and prescribed in the United States.


Monday, September 26 2005

Mastering the Universe: He-Man and the Rise and Fall of a Billion-Dollar Idea by Roger Sweet and Dav

What Skeletor failed to do, corporate mismanagement accomplished in months. He-Man was effectively dead.


Friday, September 23 2005

How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater by Marc Acito

Edward is not a fish out of water or a struggling outsider concentrating on his differences, as it seems every adolescent in contemporary literature is. He feels very at home with his friends and has no shortage of self-esteem.


Thursday, September 22 2005

How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World:  A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen

How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World is no mere catalog of silliness and superstition for the amusement of the learned bourgeoisie -- rather it is a powerful jeremiad against the very foundations of modern society.


Wednesday, September 21 2005

Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye by Allison Dubois

The problem with DuBois's book is that exploration of this miraculous and otherworldly gift is lost amid a confused, unfocused work that can't decide if it's a memoir, self-help book, or a book of advice for potential psychics.


Tuesday, September 20 2005

Tyrant by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

In Tyrant, the pulleys and winches of Manfredi's fictional techniques are embarrassingly visible right from the start.


Monday, September 19 2005

A World of Light by Floyd Skloot

Illness has shrunk Floyd's world and forced him to concentrate on his immediate surroundings, and this means he engages with the geology, the weather and the vegetation around him with a visceral intimacy.


Friday, September 16 2005

The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments by Gertrude Himmelfarb

Any concept of Enlightenment that can attempt with a straight face to trace a direct genealogy to George W. Bush is predicated on a reading of history so attenuated and abused as to be rendered comically unrecognizable.


Thursday, September 15 2005

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

Finkel's transgression, thus articulated, seems much more comprehensible than those of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair.


Wednesday, September 14 2005

It’s Different for Girls by Jo Brand

Two middle-aged, former hell-raisers from similar English seaside towns are making fascinating waves in alternative chick-lit.


Tuesday, September 13 2005

Shooting from the Hip: Photography, Masculinity, and Postwar America by Patricia Vettel-Becker

While Shooting from the Hip is recommended without hesitation as an excellent book, it must also be noted that it is an incomplete one.


Monday, September 12 2005

A Woman in Berlin: Six Weeks in the Conquered City by Anonymous, translated by Philip Boehm

Besides documenting the relentless terror and humiliation she and other German women endured, the diary offers a unique window on the German psyche as it comes to terms with Third Reich's wholesale collapse.


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