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28 Aug 2007 // 2:00 AM

Last One In by Nicholas Kulish

There hasn't exactly been a glut of fiction dealing with the current war in Iraq.

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27 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Keeping the House by Ellen Baker

Two wives, a generation apart, intertwine in Keeping the House.

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The Assault on Reason by Al Gore

The author appears to be at the brink, a rational man who has, like so many of us, been pulling his hair out for several years now in impotent rage over the avalanche of nonsense issuing from positions of power in this country.

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26 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

Two teens and a 600-year-old wizard battle evil in modern California in The Alchemyst.

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23 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Company by Robert Littell

The Company fails the Cheez-It test on several levels.

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23 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

When the World Was Young by Tony Romano

The first novel by Romano is a multilayered, often dark and edgy saga of one Italian-American family in the mid-to-later decades of 20th-century Chicago.

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The Moncada Attack: Birth of the Cuban Revolution by Antonio Rafael de la Cova

While de la Cova's book is the most definitive work to date on the events of July 26, 1953, and one that any Cubanologist would find of interest, its mind-numbing detail makes for tedious reading.

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Dont Panic by Cassandra Wilkinson

Wilkinson gives an interesting and challenging look at what's good about capitalism.

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22 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Out Stealing Horses by Per Petterson

Norwegian's Out Stealing Horses merits its fat prize.

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22 Aug 2007 // 10:58 PM

Good As Lily by Derek Kirk Kim

Inventive graphic novel for girls explores fear of the future.

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Hitchcock and Philosophy by David Baggett and William A. Drumin [Editors]

To borrow a phrase from a filmmaker friend of mine, these books are ontic antics with a vengeance.

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21 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Always Unexpected in ‘The Black Swan’

The principal theme of Nicholas Taleb's book is this: how important what we do not know is to a proper understanding of things.

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21 Aug 2007 // 10:58 PM

Thursday Next: First Among Sequels by Jasper Fforde

Fforde welcomes the reader into the crazed, madcap world that is Thursday's, and suddenly it becomes easy, even irresistible, to accept time-travel paradoxes and jumps into and out of fiction.

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Salmonella Men on Planet Porno by Yasutaka Tsutsui

There's a mean streak of misogyny that runs almost throughout the collection and tends to distract from everything else going on around it.

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20 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

The World Without Us gradually reveals itself to be one of the most satisfying environmental books of recent memory, one devoid of self-righteousness, alarmism or tiresome doomsaying.

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20 Aug 2007 // 10:58 PM

Spook Country by William Gibson

Spook Country follows complex path of post-9/11 mentality.

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19 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

Allusions are drawn, but the details are murky enough to keep us guessing.

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The New Time Travelers: A Journey to the Frontiers of Physics by David Toomey

Futureward time travel isn't just possible, it's real, what Toomey calls "an inevitable consequence of Einstein's theory of special relativity."

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16 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

Chasing Cool by Noah Kerner and Gene Pressman

Becoming the "iPod of your industry" requires more than mimicking a "cool" brand.

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Sin in the Second City: Madams, Ministers, Playboys, and the Battle for Americas Soul by Karen Abbot

It's a spare-no-detail, almost rollicking read about the Everleigh Club, an ultra-opulent brothel run by two sisters as the crown jewel of early-20th-century Chicago's vice kingdom, the notorious Levee district.

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