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Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of Americas First Black Filmmaker by Patrick McGilligan

Reading The Great and Only, one can only imagine the kind of film Micheaux's life story would make, and regret that the man himself isn't around to make it.

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With Speed and Violence by Fred Pearce

In alarming times, being an alarmist makes you right ...

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23 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South by Roy Blount Jr.

The native Georgian, who lives among fellow liberals in Massachusetts, is tired of the anti-Southern attitudes he constantly encounters from uninformed Northerners who seek to paint the South with one broad, redneck-stained brush.

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23 Jul 2007 // 10:58 PM

Dedication by Emma McLaughlin

While Dedication doesn't carve out new territory in the crowded chick lit universe, it is an appealing tale of giddy love, heartbreak and the ultimate triumph of girl power.

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The Blood of Flowers by Anita Amirrezvani

The attention to detail in The Blood of Flowers brought to mind Orhan Pamuk's My Name is Red.

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22 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille

The Culture Code is American to its core.

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22 Jul 2007 // 10:58 PM

Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician: A Novel by Daniel Wallace

Wonderful tales emerge in Mr. Sebastian.

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The Maytrees by Annie Dillard

The image of an enormous sack stuffed with love and sagging from a hat rack is not one of Dillard’s finest moments.

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19 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad

Biography captures the complexity of writer Ralph Ellison.

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Practical Research Methods for Media and Cultural Studies by Máire Messenger Davies and Nick Mo

I majored in history, but failed math: strongly agree, strongly disagree, or I don't remember. If you chose the first option, continue reading.

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18 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

New England White by Stephen L. Carter

New England White delves into the secrets of race, culture, morality and murder in a university town.

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18 Jul 2007 // 10:58 PM

The Chess Set in the Mirror by Massimo Bontempelli

Chess Set opens up a realm of imagination and insight

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17 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Storms by Carol Ann Harris

But is Harris describing isolated, drug-fuelled incidents that seem endemic of the time and culture she was living in -- or serial, criminal abuse?

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17 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

Blaze by Richard Bachman

Calamity follows lonely, brain-damaged Clayton Blaisdell Jr. in Blaze, written 30 years ago.

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Interfictions by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss

What struck me most about these "interfictions," however, was their striking similarity, rather than their difference.

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16 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Fabric of America by Andro Linklater

Linklater offers an account of the extent to which clearly demarcated boundaries, of both the states and the nation, contributed to the formation of the American character.

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15 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Rid of Me by Kate Schatz

PJ Harvey's Rid of Me still burns with a fever nearly 15 years after its release in 1993. It is an angry, throbbing album, barely containing the ragged voices within it.

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15 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin

Sly, humane and possessing canny observation skills, Maupin can still blow a pop-culture bubble with the best of them.

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Edward Trencoms Nose by Giles Milton

Instead of writing Linen: The Fabric That Changed The World, Milton has taken a departure of sorts into the world of fiction with Edward Trencom's Nose.

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12 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

After Dark is a slice-of-life snapshot that leaves most of its philosophical inquiries and plotlines unresolved.

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