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5 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

Microthrills by Wendy Spero

The structure of Microthrills veers a bit from traditional standards of cohesion.

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The Lazy Boys by Carl Shuker

By the bottom of the page, he's pissed in another sense, too, as his anger and embarrassment about the accident in the toilet lead him to lash out at a woman.

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1 Mar 2007 // 9:00 PM

The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille

Code is easy to idolize because it provides an answer to the question "Who am I?" In a way, it is a new mythology for modern times.

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1 Mar 2007 // 8:59 PM

Sacred Games by Vikram Chandra

It works on numerous levels, the most vibrant of which paints a realistic landscape of India and the intrinsic machinery that allows it to move forward.

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1 Mar 2007 // 8:58 PM

The Conjurer by Cordelia Frances Biddle

The Conjurer mystery opens underbelly of Philadelphia society, 1842.

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They Call Me Naughty Lola by David Rose [Editor]

Why on earth did someone in the first column ask for a "contortionist who plays the trumpet"? Apart from the obvious?

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28 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

So Sad to Fall in Battle by Kumiko Kakehashi

Japan's most brilliant general was a 'pro-American' maverick.

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27 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Transparent by Cris Beam

Christina combines intense vulnerability with a survivor's furious poise; on any given day, she can swing from gushing about Geri Halliwell to carving up her arm with a kitchen knife, but throughout it all we sense in her a miraculous core of resilience and insight.

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The Perfect Thing by Steven Levy

Levy does not propose that we consider the iPod to be a perfect or ideal thing; rather, he begins from the premise that the cultural marketplace has already rendered this verdict.

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One Must Also Be Hungarian by Adam Biro, translated by Catherine Tihanyi

The author recognizes that his characters are as much a reflection of himself as they are individuals in their own right.

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On the Wealth of Nations: Books That Changed the World by P. J. ORourke

Humorist P.J. O'Rourke livens things up in a new book on economic pioneer Adam Smith.

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The Story of the Cannibal Woman by Maryse Conde (translated from the French by Richard Philcox)

Carribean novelist Maryse Conde's ambitious mystery is filled with delicious irony and remarkable narrative verve.

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22 Feb 2007 // 9:02 PM

The Art of Losing by Keith Dixon

A deceptive The Art of Losing morphs from caper to moral fable.

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22 Feb 2007 // 9:01 PM

The Kouga Ninja Scrolls by Futaro Yamada

Secret warfare, mystical powers, political turmoil and two ancient, feuding ninja families: it's no wonder that Futaro Yamada's classic Japanese novel still endures.

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22 Feb 2007 // 9:00 PM

Charles Addams: A Cartoonists Life by Linda H. Davis

Charles Addams' cartoons are fascinating, but not his life.

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The Call of the Weird by Louis Theroux

Lamb and Lynx showed signs of wanting to go mainstream, and describe Green Day as the equivalent of "pretty good for a commie band".

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21 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

Somewhere: A Life of Jerome Robbins by Amanda Vaill

A compelling biography of innovative dance master Jerome Robbins.

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Nemesis by Chalmers Johnson

Ultimately, Johnson lays out a troubling barrage of facts to buttress his case, but it's an avalanche as opposed to a finely articulated trickle.

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20 Feb 2007 // 8:59 PM

A Bee in the Mouth: Anger in America Now by Peter Wood

"New Anger" traced to those '60s liberals in A Bee in the Mouth.

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Profane Waste by Gretchen Craft Rubin and Dana Hoey

What is the point of a self-indulgent celebration of waste, profane or otherwise, in this age of inconvenient truth, a time in which ecological sustainability is the single-most pressing issue facing the planet?

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