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Paperback Apocalypse by Robert M. Price

When God gives you lemons, find another God.

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The House of Widows by Askold Melnyczuk

The difference between individual and collective history is blurred, and the miasma of wartime cannot bury individual betrayals.

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9 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

The New Cold War by Edward Lucas

A chilling look at Russia drifting backward toward a new Cold War.

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Jackalope Dreams by Mary Clearman Blew

Blew's prose is as hardscrabble and finely whittled as her Montana subjects: protagonist Corey Henry is fierce, grumpy and, most unusual in today’s fiction, she’s older.

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8 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

Taking on the Trust by Steve Weinberg

When Rockefeller met his match in the form of a 20-year-old woman.

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7 Apr 2008 // 10:00 PM

Faithful to Fenway by Michael Borer

"What I found was not only that Fenway Park was a place that people believed in but also that important places help make believing possible."

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The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB’s, by Rachel Balik

The book is a successful 'Who knew?' effort, and would make a great gift for any Jewish teenager with a guitar, but as cultural or aesthetic theory, it feels unsound.

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The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen by ed. Maria Tatar

What a loose-limbed, witty, and even oddly post-modern writer Hans Christian Andersen was.

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3 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

Beautiful Children by Charles Bock

The true star of Beautiful Children, though, is Bock's hometown of Las Vegas, a place where it's never really dark or quiet.

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A Heaven of Others by Joshua Cohen

Though Jonathan spends much of the story reflecting on his life on Earth, the afterlife he encounters is peppered with dangers that are amorphous and beyond anything to do with the living, including religious beliefs

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2 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman continues to excel at contemporary mysteries that are, at the same time, well-grounded in the old-fashioned private detective genre.

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The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell

Besotted on Kafka-esque absurdity and Herbert Asbury-like carnivals of crime, O'Connell is a pulp author of the first order, but it's possible that it's time for him to become a little more of a pulp writer.

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1 Apr 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall

Mad about lists: Sloppy bio fails to define Thesaurus's Roget.

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The Second Plane by Martin Amis

Assuming the 21st century began precisely at 2 WTC, Manhattan. 09:02am, September 11th 2001, these 11 essays and two stories are a chronological tour through Amis’ post 9/11 worldview.

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31 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Open Road by Pico Iyer

The Dalai Lama: Down-to-earth and intimate.

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The Girl on the Fridge by Etgar Keret

There’s no escaping the sinking suspicion that no matter how entertaining Keret’s goof can be for the short haul, he could (and probably should) do better.

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A Short History of the American Stomach by Frederick Kaufman

It could easily be argued that American political and economic hegemony may extend not just to the brain, but also to the stomach.

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The Delighted States by Adam Thirlwell

After finishing this book you'll want to call in sick for a month and burrow into a teetering tower of modernist works.

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27 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Mortified by David Nadelberg

In an age of MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, what makes a collection of diary entries from the pre-Internet era so engrossing?

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26 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski

This is clearly the work of a superior intellect, but one that doesn’t shy away from juicy plot twists or exciting set pieces, fashioning a story that thrills without condescension.

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