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18 Sep 2007 // 10:59 PM

American Band by Kristen Laine

American Band is Friday Night Lights for the geek set, the story of a championship high school marching band from Elkhart, Ind., as it seeks to win another state title.

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In the Shadow of the Moon: A Challenging Journey to Tranquility, 1965-1969 by Francis French

This book is full of thrilling or amusing anecdotes, but it also spends ample time illustrating the glorious successes behind the program, engineering marvels, and the cool-heads of astronauts who saved missions (and lives) through strict training and sheer instinct.

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16 Sep 2007 // 11:00 PM

Capote in Kansas: A Ghost Story by Kim Powers

In light of Truman Capote's taste for notoriety, he's probably not rolling over in his grave about the grotesque things attributed to him in this misbegotten book. But if I were Harper Lee, I’d be mad. Damned mad.

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13 Sep 2007 // 10:42 PM

The Preacher and the Presidents by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy

The result is a hypnotic read about the turbulent nature of public life.

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12 Sep 2007 // 10:42 PM

I Heart My In-Laws by Dina Koutas Poch

Poch's book has as much for those who like their in-laws as those who don't.

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12 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

War Without Death by Mark Maske

Opposing football teams are compared frequently to warriors representing residents of different urbanized swaths of planet earth.

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The Rough Guide to Unexplained Phenomena by Bob Rickard and John Michell

Unexplained phenomena, as Rickard and Michell make clear, are limited neither to time nor place.

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11 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

The Engagement by Georges Simenon

It is a mark of Simenon's artistry that he can devise so compelling a tale out of such unappealing material.

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Right Livelihoods by Rick Moody

Moody's new novella collection, dealing mostly with post-9/11 paranoia, is ultimately undone by self-imposed limitations.

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10 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

Hells Reunion by Richard Sand

There must be something in the Philadelphia water that's produced this exemplary crop of contemporary crime fiction practitioners.

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9 Sep 2007 // 10:42 PM

Postcards by Jason Rodriguez [Editor]

Of significant note to comic fans may be the inclusion of a story by the prolific Harvey Pekar.

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9 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

Among Other Things, I’ve Taken Up Smoking by Aoibheann Sweeney

Modeled on Book I of Ovid's Metamorphoses, Among Other Things... is a fresh, intriguing perspective on coming of age.

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Under the Boards by Jeffrey Lane

Lane conveys this power tug-a-war and all of Board's smarts with well-targeted and accessibly literate prose.

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6 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

Grub by Elise Blackwell

Grub reveals grubby secrets about the grubbing aspiring novelists undertake, forsaking art to put grub (and bling) on the table.

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5 Sep 2007 // 10:42 PM

The Hip-Hop Church by Efrem Smith and Phil Jackson

Their book might be understood as The Purpose Driven Life series meets generation hip-hop.

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I Love You Beth Cooper by Larry Doyle

I Love You, Beth Cooper is an excellent addition to the growing list of nerd-inspired fiction.

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4 Sep 2007 // 10:41 PM

Brothers, Boyfriends & Other Criminal Minds by April Lurie

Like any solid young adult novel, this one chronicles a young character's route to self-realization.

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(Not That You Asked) by Steve Almond

Steve Almond is a typical American guy (well, perhaps aside from caring about books and the fate of the human race, anyway).

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The Red Parts by Maggie Nelson

The "red parts" in question are those of Maggie Nelson's Aunt Jane.

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Mission Accomplished by Khalil Bendib

Political cartooning in America is in terrible trouble.

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