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Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain by Oliver Sacks

Music is grace and joy and not easily subjected to cold clinical analysis, not even when the writer is someone as gifted as Oliver Sacks.

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4 Nov 2007 // 10:00 PM

Prince by Morton, Brian

What starts out as an interesting profile on a blazing young prodigy soon devolves into nothing more than a critical sessionography.

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4 Nov 2007 // 9:59 PM

Endings by Abd Al-Rahman Munif

The desert, once affronted, makes a mockery of human desires.

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Iconic America by Tommy Hilfiger, George Lois

Iconic America is just another routine in cataloging. Or it could be maintaining a robust sociological critique with attractive subtlety. We'll probably never know for sure.

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31 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

Crooked Little Vein

Mike is forced to confront a culture whose decadence doesn't just infect the ranks of the poor and crazy, but reaches into the upper echelons of our society.

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Wang in Love and Bondage by Xiaobo Wang

The novellas in Wang in Love and Bondage explore sex and subjectivity in different, all transgressive, ways.

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The Almost Moon by Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold has achieved in The Almost Moon something vastly more resonant and real than the fairy tale that made her name.

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29 Oct 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Nine by Jeffrey Toobin

Toobin's principal contribution is the way he brings the individual members of the court alive as people in describing their roles.

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Revolution in the Head by Ian MacDonald

In spite of some troubling, reactionary views, the late MacDonald's song-by-song analysis of the Fabs' music remains a Top Five acquisition.

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Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill

An out-to-pasture death-metal rock star with a penchant for occult objects -- drawings by John Wayne Gacy, a snuff film -- bids on the internet for a ghost and wins it.

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The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star by Nikki Sixx

Sixx invites readers into the depths of his psyche and addictive past, leaving them to draw their own conclusions about the Hell they've just visited.

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25 Oct 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Complete Poetry: A Bilingual Edition by César Vallejo

Today Vallejo, the bard of Peru, has a place among the finest of his century's poets.

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24 Oct 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Feasting Season by Nancy Coons

Pick up The Feasting Season, a bottle of red wine, and enjoy this delicious tale of loyalty, adventure, and the journey of self-discovery.

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24 Oct 2007 // 10:59 PM

Trespass by Valerie Martin

Trespass deftly weaves tales of intruders and the people who fear them.

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Contested Lands by Sumantra Bose

Bose seeks out solutions to five festering territorial disputes, not scapegoatsm. His intellectual honesty and sense of even-handed purpose holds steadfast admirably.

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23 Oct 2007 // 10:59 PM

Spook Country by William Gibson

Apparently some critics look at Gibson's work and think, "Mmm, no coherent story, big reputation -- that must mean it's lit'rature!"

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The Prince by Hushang Golshiri

In early 20th century Iran, old-fashioned photographs prompt a distorted fever-dream journey through memory for one of the last members of the fading nobility.

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22 Oct 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Spiritual Brain by Mario Beauregard and Denyse OLeary

As a guide to the war zone from the antimaterialist perspective, it's a valuable read.

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22 Oct 2007 // 10:58 PM

Orpheus Lost by Janette Turner Hospital

Beautifully written and disturbing, the book takes us from earth to underworld as a mathematician and a musician repeat the roles of Eurydice and Orpheus, with a few twists.

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1776 by David McCullough

It’s one thing to simply read Washington’s words as they are related through the eyes and pen of an intermediary like McCullough, but to hold in your hands a faithful recreation of his original letter, to follow the loops and valleys of his script handwriting -- this experience significantly personalizes the history.

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