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12 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

But if Agu finds humanity at its lowest point, he also finds solace in a different sort of faith, offered by true friendship.

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11 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Darker Than the Deepest Sea by Trevor Dann

What makes Drake's story a recurring fascination for fans -- and creates a minefield for the would-be biographer -- is how little it yields in solid facts, how much of romantic embroidering and speculation.

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What is the What by Dave Eggers

I'm glad the book's been so successful; it makes me feel less guilty about finding it such a drag.

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7 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility by Taner Akcam

To put it bluntly: In those dying days, Ottoman leaders killed most of Turkey's Christians, just as Nazi Germany would kill most of its Jews.

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6 Dec 2006 // 8:01 PM

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Yes, Virginia, there is another mystery writer in Scotland besides Ian Rankin.

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6 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Not To: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Terranova

Like the process of becoming experienced, these poems ask us to pay attention.

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5 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Sweet and Low by Rich Cohen

He views these subjects (his family) from a distance, and this enables him to study them, as they are, in their complicated, ugly glory.

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4 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

The 1950s Most Wanted by Robert A. Rodriguez

Frank Zappa wasn't the son of Mr. Green Jeans?

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3 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

The Light of Evening by Edna OBrien

This is a novel about feelings as much as events. You must be willing to immerse, to submerge.

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3 Dec 2006 // 8:00 PM

Magical Meteorite Songwriting Device by Exene Cervenka

Magical Meteorite Songwriting Device fulfills expectations and excitement of long-time fans, and can also stand alone as a solid representation of mixed media art today.

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Walt Disney, The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

The first half of Neal Gabler's meaty tome on 20th-century America's favorite uncle has the unexpected effect of making a reader want to watch cartoons.

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Adult Themes by Kate Crawford

Crawford's greatest contribution to the debate on the decline of modern civilisation is her call for a reasoned, well-developed ethics of adulthood, rather than the shallow focus on external signifiers.

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29 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette by Sena Jeter Naslund

Marie Antoinette started out as what we today would call dumb as a stump.

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The Exquisite by Laird Hunt

Does one narrative take place before the other, or are they happening at the same time? The game is afoot."

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28 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Against the Day by Thomas Pynchon

Thomas Pynchon requires commitment.

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Copping Free by Matthew Carnahan

Quinn is just too perfect to be a true noir hero.

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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2006 by Series Editor: Daphne Carr / Guest Editor: Mary Gaitskill

Essays not only follow a thematic progression, but a rhythmic one as well.

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Shes Such a Geek! Women Write About Science, Technology and other Nerdy Stuff by Annalee Newitz and

In circus parlance, a 'geek' is a sideshow performer who does disgusting things such as bite the heads off live chickens.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Strange Wisdoms of the Dead by Mike Allen

When we think of science fiction, we tend not to think of poetry.

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26 Nov 2006 // 8:00 PM

Dirty Blonde by Courtney Love

As with a tortured confessional poet, it's easier to take Love's lyrics and writings at their autobiographical face value than to grant there may be something more complicated at work.

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