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2 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Undead TV by Elana Levine, Lisa Parks

Intellectual, scholarly, and academic to a fault, the language here is often impenetrably fluffed (a truly frustrating paradox), and the ideas generally unfocused.

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2 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

Making Money by Terry Pratchett

Monetary policy was never so hilarious as author Terry Pratchett gets the circulation going in Making Money.

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29 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Agnostic Reader

The book would have benefited from more dedicated considerations of the implications of doubt for human understanding and action. Aside from the final section, these concerns were not much in evidence.

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In the Know by Nancy MacDonell

A fashion-heavy guide to hip that just reeks of not knowing what it is really about.

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28 Nov 2007 // 9:59 PM

William Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson

Bryson's unassuming and enjoyable survey is a useful introduction that students and playgoers will find handy.

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27 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Hero by Perry Moore

Not since Superfolks by Robert Mayer, has there been a novel as important to contemporary superhero mythology, and subsequently, the comic book medium.

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27 Nov 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Pirates Daughter by Margaret Cezair-Thompson

It is the best kind of middle-brow fiction, neither pandering nor elitist, and not least of its charms is the desire to visit Jamaica that it will inspire in many of its readers.

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The Elephanta Suite by Paul Theroux

In Paul Theroux’s brackish, world-weary new collection, India is inherently unknowable and inevitably dangerous, the result of such knowledge being disappointment at best and, at worst, rape, dissolution, or death.

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Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Simon Armitage (Translator)

British poet breathes new life into a classic piece of early English literature.

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26 Nov 2007 // 9:56 PM

Famous Fathers and Other Stories by Pia Z. Ehrhardt

The pursuit of love, searingly depicted.

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25 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Living Blue in the Red States by David Starkey

The best of these essays acknowledge the false dichotomy of red and blue, confront personal biases, and outline the disillusionment of the left at both the right and itself.

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Death by Rodrigo by Ron Liebman

Told in a colloquial style, the reader is constantly immersed in the conniving duplicitous world that Mickey and Junne inhabit.

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Legends of the Chelsea Hotel by Ed Hamilton

So there you have it. Ryan Adams at the Chelsea -- maybe.

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20 Nov 2007 // 9:59 PM

1 Dead in Attic: After Katrina by Chris Rose

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

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19 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman

Just because a person wants to conquer the world doesn't mean they don't have feelings, and just because a person saves the world from a bad guy doesn’t mean that they aren’t a morally-bankrupt little jerk.

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Touch and Go by Studs Terkel

Studs Terkel is a living legend whose fame as an interviewer has reached far beyond Chicago, the city he has called home for eight decades.

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15 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Ghost by Robert Harris

Stormy nights and houses on cliffs have propelled me through worse books than The Ghost.

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15 Nov 2007 // 9:59 PM

Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin by Nicholas Ostler

This is the story of Latin, and like the story of language itself, it's really the story of people -- what they did, what they dreamed, how they lived and died. It's told as well as any novel and is as gripping.

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Action Speaks Louder: Violence, Spectacle and the American Action Movie by Eric Lichtenfeld

You’d probably learn more about action films by just watching Die Hard one more time than by reading this.

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Carpe Diem: Put a Little Latin in Your Life by Harry Mount

Seize the Latin, or fun with a dead language.

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