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6 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

A Miracle of Catfish by Larry Brown

Without an ending, or even a strong central plot, Brown's last novel still ranks among his greatest.

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Smartbomb by Heather Chaplin and Aaron Ruby

While one could argue that games have gone mainstream, one could apparently also argue that Americans have just decided to do what feels good, regardless of the consequences.

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3 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Blind Singer Joes Blues by Robert Love Taylor

Lovely, lyrical Blind Singer Joe's Blues suggests music may come from misery.

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2 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

If you don't behave, you will die. And nothing will change for those left behind.

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2 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Shes Gone by Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes' first novel, She's Gone, is an awkward love story.

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by No

Two medical narratives shine, two are DOA: Science presented on a human scale.

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Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywoods Golden Age at the American Film Institute

"I'm just rebellious because I don't want to make shit."

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Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

Against such a backdrop, it must be unfathomably difficult to develop ideas and plots that remain wholly satirical, rather than lapsing into mere realism.

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The Changing Face of War by Martin Van Creveld

Van Creveld shows that all the U.S. military's technological prowess hasn't helped much in the current war, and in fact often helps distance its soldiers from the conflict they should be waging.

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Pimps Up, Hos Down: Hip Hops Hold on Young Black Women by T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting

Scholar's canny look at hip-hop's denigration of black women.

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25 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Angelica by Arthur Phillips

Who's haunting whom in Arthur Phillips' Angelica, a tale of psychological terror in a Victorian family?

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The Wow Climax by Henry Jenkins

Jenkins is writing about things that make him go "wow," but he needs to remember his readers won't always feel the same way.

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Same Time, Same Station: Creating American Television, 1948-1961 by James L. Baughman

A non-nostalgic history of mass-consumption TV.

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Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You by Sean Thomas

People do stupid things in the pursuit of love and lust, and if you haven't then you're lying.

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23 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

Sheridan Hay's debut novel, The Secret of Lost Things, is altogether enchanting, not least by virtue of its exquisitely lyrical prose.

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22 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Boy Who Cried Freebird by Mitch Myers

Despite reading like a book set on random, Myers is a fantastic writer with a great ear for rhythm.

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Can Might Make Rights? by Jane Stromseth, David Wippman and Rosa Brooks

Critics love armchair quarterbacking the war on terrorism, but a new book shows just how hard it is to get it right the first time.

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19 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life by Sari Nusseibeh

Bring together Palestinian philosopher Sari Nusseibeh (1949- ) and Israeli statesman Shimon Peres (1923-) and the first thought that occurs to any longtime observer of the Arab-Israeli conflict is: Get a room.

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18 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Abel Ferrara by Nicole Brenez

Strangest of all is the fan-club enthusiasm of Brenez's approach.

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18 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

The Knitting Circle is about finding a way to live, to go on even when reasons for doing so seem to have been taken from you.

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