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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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26 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler

In Kunstler's post apocalyptic world, rugged outdoorsmen, carpenters, engineers, and their ilk will fare best in an era where foodstuffs, tools, and other necessities must be hand created or otherwise cultivated.

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Unsettling Accounts by Leigh A. Payne

A popular assumption is that once a torturer confesses, that will be enough to satisfy or even to forgive. What Payne finds in this fact-rich, academically-centered, book is far more complex, illuminating, and troubling.

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25 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Detective Story by Imre Kertesz

Detective Story marks Kertesz's first foray outside Jewish subject matter or a European setting. Yet his characteristic themes are everywhere present.

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Cylons in America: by ed. Tiffany Potter, C. W. Marshall

While thought-provoking and well-researched, this book is only for hard-core Battlestar Galactica fans who also happen to like academic essays.

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The Vixen Diaries by Karrine Steffans

A masterwork in its complete lack of subtext and irony.

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24 Mar 2008 // 9:58 PM

1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose

New Orleans columnist takes readers deep into a devastated Crescent City.

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23 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Arkansas by John Brandon

Friends help you move, but good friends help you move bodies.

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Beginner’s Greek by James Collins

Though set in the present day, this story is resolutely old fashioned. We are free to focus on the characters as they worry about love, which interests them above all.

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20 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

W.A.R. by Mick Wall

How does one explain Axl Rose? The unauthorized biographer, and the book reviewer, take a crack at it.

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B As in Beirut by Iman Humaydan Younes

Through four women who painfully embrace the city that is at once their prison and their home, Younes raises the question: are we powerless to the pull of our past?

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19 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Mortal Syntax by June Casagrande

Not since Schoolhouse Rock has grammar instruction been such fun.

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19 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Age of American Unreason by Susan Jacoby

America anti-intellectual? Now, let's think this out.

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18 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Sway by Zachary Lazar

Reading this book is like taking a ride a dark, scary ghost train. Only in retrospect can you look back and see where you’ve been.

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18 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Have You Found Her by Janice Erlbaum

This extraneous and monotonous reporting is made all the more regrettable by the fact that at the heart of this book is a truly unusual series of events, the full extent of which is not revealed until the very end.

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18 Mar 2008 // 9:58 PM

Beneath the Roses by Gregory Crewdson

Photographer's America reflects life at its most hopeless.

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17 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

Pravda by Edward Docx

The odd mixture of cowardice and courage in all of us, the curious ties of family and genetics, and the eternal quest for significance are all contained within this novel.

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17 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

A Chant to Soothe Wild Elephants by Jaed Coffin

This shows where a journey of the mind, body, and spirit can take you, and how a search for answers can end, successfully, with acceptance of ambivalence and peace with the unknown.

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John Adams by David McCullough

A quintessentially American story about common heroic acts, and the impact one person can have when they throw their whole selves into a cause they believe in.

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Slash by Slash, Anthony Bozza

Somewhere between Slash living the junkie-cum-rock star lifestyle and recounting that life, there is a profound disconnect.

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