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23 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

Noble story of imprisoned dissident, young orphan fills The Lizard Cage.

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22 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's new book is a novel, of course, but it's amazing -- it's written like an oral history, with a complicated matrix of characters and events.

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22 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Mistresss Daughter by A.M. Homes

Adoptee finds she suddenly needs truth when past surfaces in The Mistress's Daughter by A.M. Homes.

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The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy by Sasha Issenberg

Author goes beyond the refrigerator case for the raw story about tuna industry.

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The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon finally unleashes the genre storyspinner who has been lurking inside him all these years.

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Ecology Without Nature by Timothy Morton

If we must forsake the Romantic idea of nature, we must similarly abandon its understanding of art as something to be held on high.

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17 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Jamestown Project by Karen Ordahl Kupperman

All nations need foundation tales. If they don't exist, it's necessary to invent them. And if the real story doesn't play well, foundation myths come in handy. At least until the real story comes back to bite.

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Directed By Steven Spielberg: Poetics of the Contemporary Hollywood Blockbuster by Warren Buckland

An overreaching dissertation that isn't willing to abandon the intellectual to let us in as readers. Even those who think they know film and its many divergent properties will be perplexed.

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Devils in the Sugar Shop by Timothy Schaffert

Ashley herself is a kind of Mrs. Dalloway-manqué, or would be if Mrs. Dalloway wore Concrete Blonde t-shirts.

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16 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon writes the best Saul Bellow novel since Saul Bellow died -- antic, droll, brainy, Yiddishy, secular, updated to present-day American -- but with differences that reflect literary times and their discrepant personalities.

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16 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen

28 Stories personalizes tragedy of AIDS in Africa.

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16 May 2007 // 3:00 AM

Shakespeare the Thinker by A.D. Nuttall

To be or not to be a philosopher did not concern Shakespeare, so far as we know. And we know very little.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Do we really need yet another edition of the famous fantasy? Apparently, the fans of British pop artist Peter Blake seem to think so.

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15 May 2007 // 12:00 AM

Bela Lugosi by Gary D. Rhodes with Richard Sheffield

Still smitten, Lugosi stalked her, sent emissaries disguised as reporters, and kidnapped her dog as a hostage.

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God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

A fire-breathing polemicist in the grand tradition, the Hitch has spleen to spare and wastes none of it here when going after the godly.

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10 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon

Yiddish detective tracks a killer across Alaska in Michael Chabon's brilliantly conceived noir history.

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10 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Domestic Violence: Poems by Eavan Boland

Much of Boland's fifth volume of poems, is explicitly about Ireland -- its quiet domestic scenes tinged with malice, its relatively recent experience of modernity, its daffodil-filled springs, its ghosts.

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Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America 1919 by Ann Hagedorn

A turbulent year overlooked in its niche between the Great War and the Roaring '20s... when hope dissolved into disappointment and fear put a chokehold on social progress.

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9 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

The White Cascade by Gary Krist

White Cascade details drama of deadly 1910 railroad disaster.

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9 May 2007 // 12:00 AM

Doing Nothing by Tom Lutz

Lutz's book is charming and graceful, long on anecdote and telling details, if perhaps short on coherent story or even organizing principle.

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