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Fair Shares for All by John Haney

Billed as “a memoir of food and family”, the book is truly about the suffocating English class system, where people are judged by the contents of their cupboards.

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12 Feb 2008 // 8:59 PM

The Senator’s Wife by Sue Miller

With echoes of the Clinton marriage, Miller's latest explores changing lives, emotional truths.

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Jazz by Bob Blumenthal

This book serves as a shotgun blast, peppering the uninitiated with information as broadly and deeply as possible, and as a crash course in the genre.

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11 Feb 2008 // 8:59 PM

Proust Was a Neuroscientist by Jonah Lehrer

Did you know there was science in poetry?

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Contraptions by Heath Robinson

This amusing book is an interesting commentary on our own overly complicated civilizational arrangements.

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Silent Pictures by Pat Graham

Having come of an age in a scene known best remembered for howling guitars played in basement shows, Graham's work pays testament to those bands.

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Celebrity Detox by Rosie ODonnell

O'Donnell assesses the process whereby individual artists become celebrities, and what it's like when they and their audiences start to lose their sense of perspective in the midst of such intense, superficial media scrutiny.

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7 Feb 2008 // 8:59 PM

The Hummer by Elaine Cardenas and Ellen Gorman (Editors)

Hummers make for such hulking, imposing targets as physical stand-ins for all-American arrogance and mindless anti-environmentalism including here, in a series of essays about these beasts.

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House of Stone by Christina Lamb

This succeeds not as a narrative tour de force, but in the way it uses a simple story to illuminate the complexity and paradoxes of present-day Zimbabwe.

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The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality by Andre Comte-Sponville

Believing in something: An atheist makes a self-indulgent case for embracing the spiritual life.

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The Best Game Ever by Jim Reisler

When Reisler focuses on the game itself, his knack for storytelling takes over, and he convincingly recreates the sights and sounds of October 13, 1960.

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Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography by Andrew Morton

Holes and all, it's a hard book to put down, especially with wild tales of Scientology spilling forth page after page.

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4 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

The Portable Atheist

Sectarian strife, an historical constant, and its images of suicide bombings, occupation, and crumbling civil societies are sadly ubiquitous and have fueled the passions of the “New Atheism”. This will not soon abate.

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The Late Hector Kipling by David Thewlis

I was so annoyed with Hector’s inability to make a single mature decision that I was glad when he became a monster and the blood started splattering.

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3 Feb 2008 // 9:00 PM

Wax Poetics Anthology

Throughout Wax Poetics there is the sense that hip-hop was built on secret, sacred knowledge.

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3 Feb 2008 // 8:59 PM

Doomsday Men by P.D. Smith

British historian explores the development of nuclear weaponry and its impact on society in Doomsday Men.

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31 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Modernism by Peter Gay

Alas, this entire book amounts to a collection of blurbs on various artists that might easily have been gleaned from program notes, dust jackets, or the brief commentary one reads on museum walls next to paintings.

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Museum Highlights by Andrea Fraser

This book urges us to be more aware of the way we consume aesthetic products, to question their true functions

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The Executioners Bible by Steve Fielding

Hanging people is a messy business, and most of those in the trade, however eager they may have been to take the job at first, before long would be traumatized by the scenes they were forced to witness and take part in.

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30 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

A View of the Ocean by Jan de Hartog

With any luck, this deeply affecting posthumous memoir, centered on the awful process of watching his elderly mother die, will expose de Hartog to at least a few more American readers.

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