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The Taliban and the Crisis of Afghanistan by ed. Robert D. Crews, Amin Tarzi

The best essay in this collection examines the Taliban’s often horrific use of public spectacle – hangings, whippings, and the like – and weaves that into a discussion of the marginalization of women under the current regime.

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12 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Willing by Scott Spencer

Spencer's endearingly lighthearted new novel is a comedy about a neurotic writer on a globe-trotting sex tour.

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The Future of Love by Shirley Abbott

This ensemble of characters interweave and tangle with betrayals just before the September 11th attacks, and then the whole book comes unhinged.

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11 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Who’s Been Sleeping in Your Head by Brett Kahr

While Kahr has certainly created a worthy addition to his field, he has not created an authoritative work.

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Our Daily Meds by Melody Petersen

It's hard to read Our Daily Meds without thinking of Americans as shaven-head underground dwellers of THX-1138, shuffling through their twilight days in a prescription-drug-haze.

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10 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Lush Life by Richard Price

The book asks the hard question: Will we ever end the violent cycle of poverty and crime? The answer: Not tonight, my man.

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9 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan

It's impossible to read Mudbound without images of the Ninth Ward flooding one’s inner eye, or recalling the remarks made by former First Lady Barbara Bush.

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9 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

South Beach: The Novel by Brian Antoni

Perhaps fantasy best reflects reality of a place like South Beach.

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In Search of the Blues by Marybeth Hamilton

This is a different story of the blues; it is the story of those people (primarily white men and women) who were in search of something that they believed the blues or some other form of secular and "primitive" African-American music communicated in an undiluted manner.

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6 Mar 2008 // 8:59 PM

Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin

Zoglin frames stand-up comedians who achieved artistic maturity during the ‘70s as the “forgotten heroes” of the cultural revolution that rocked the country from Vietnam until the Reagan era.

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The Gathering by Anne Enright

A multigenerational saga that never sacrifices intimacy for affected grandeur, a domestic novel that feels limitless in scope, and a family tragedy that affirms the very life it laments.

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5 Mar 2008 // 8:59 PM

Consolation by Michael Redhill

Despite its urban setting, here is a continuation of themes that pervade through the annals of Canadian and US literature: wilderness, survival, and man versus nature.

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Brand New China by Jing Wang

Written like a college textbook and packaged like a novel, this book blurs the line between storytelling and statistical analysis, making for an interesting, complex read.

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4 Mar 2008 // 8:59 PM

You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane

Zombies, time travelers, reality TV contestants and even a few normalish folks populate the pages of Elizabeth Crane's quirky, charming new collection.

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The Paris Review Interviews by

It is my firm belief that this collection should not just be cherished by lit snobs or Faulkner fanatics, but should be in the curriculum of every intro to modern literature course.

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3 Mar 2008 // 8:59 PM

Duma Key by Stephen King

Stephen King's spooky, Florida-set Duma Key revives his gift for suspense. King is at the height of his powers.

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2 Mar 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Dark Page by Kevin Johnson

Offering a scrupulous listing of the novels, plays, and other literary sources that inspired great noir productions of the 1940s, this is bibliophilia with heart and cinephilia with brains.

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2 Mar 2008 // 8:59 PM

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

Groff's new novel revels in uncomfortable secrets of the past as its contemporary characters wrangle with slippery questions about the present.

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The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari

A strict focus on the personal makes Hari's account of the hell that Darfur has become something more than just an exercise in despair.

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28 Feb 2008 // 8:59 PM

The Roman Triumph by Mary Beard

Classics professor Mary Beard marshals evidence like a good forensic specialist out to solve a crime.

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