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The Three Trillion Dollar War by Joseph E. Stiglitz, Linda J. Bilmes

Number-crunchers at the Congressional Research Service find that Iraq eats up $4,000 per minute, an appetite that issues a hefty $10.3 billion invoice to the US at the close of each month.

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33 1/3: Patti Smith’s Horses by Philip Shaw

One of the most vivid and enduring products of that most exciting time and place in American popular music—New York City, late '70s—Patti Smith’s debut album Horses is ripe for this book-length dissertation.

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Where the Wind Blew by Bob Sommer

This book seems to imply that a wartime zeitgeist can absolve us of our own mistakes, or at least render them understandable.

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City Between Worlds by Leo Ou-fan Lee

Lee balances probing intellectual analysis, fierce criticism, and gentle warmth, all imbued with the frustrated love any city dweller will immediately recognize as the elusive grasp to define where one lives.

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19 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Comfort by Ann Hood

A sublimely written memoir, literary in every good way, about abandoning oneself to grief, then finding the thread of life again.

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Lady Lazarus by Andrew Foster Altschul

Lady Lazarus is a naked lunch. The circuit is closed. The simulacrum ironically, paradoxically, signifies everything.

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The World Before Her by Deborah Weisgall

Weisgall's rendering of Venice is luminous, limpid, lovely (all those alliteratives are irresistible), and the prose carries the reader smoothly through the novel.

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The O. Henry Prize Stories 2008 by Laura Furman (Editor)

This book contains multitudes of professionally scripted short fiction, but very little that demands to be defined as "The Best".

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Ghettostadt by Gordon J. Horwitz

The book is exhaustively researched and while that’s admirable, it's done at the expense of a narrative momentum for an important story that might otherwise appeal to the layperson.

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Anthem of a Reluctant Prophet by Joanne Proulx

Proulx's characters devolve into lifeless suburbanites who play out their mechanical, predictable existences with all the stilted dialogue and stereotypical reactions of crash test dummies.

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15 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Peel Sessions by Ken Garner

The appendices alone, which include the complete “Festive Fifties” and “Peelenium”, qualify The Peel Sessions as an instant inductee into the Rock Book Hall of Fame.

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15 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Tampico by Toby Olson

A story of the elderly resisting surrender to death and finding an alternative way of living.

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12 Jun 2008 // 11:00 PM

The Family by Jeff Sharlet

What if the American fundamentalists' power and influence became such that they helped destabilize the New Deal, played key roles in anti-Communist foreign policy during the Cold War, and supported numerous bloodthirsty dictators?

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12 Jun 2008 // 10:59 PM

Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

As various characters pull together against huge odds and the worst imaginable circumstances, Smith’s central themes of hope and redemption shine through

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A Nation of Wimps by Hara Estroff Marano

Longtime journalist and Editor-at-large at Psychology Today, Marano chronicles the psychological pitfalls of the current child-rearing environment.

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Tell the Truth Until They Bleed—Coming Clean in the Dirty World of Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll

Everything you never knew about the dark side of the blues and rock 'n' roll: the architects and the artists, the legends and the liars, the famously acclaimed and the anonymously unsung.

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Working Girl Blues by Hazel Dickens, Bill C. Malone

All fans of traditional music and students of feminism, southern culture, and labor movements, should read and revel in Working Girl Blues.

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Scared to Death: by Christopher Booker, Richard North

Research before you freak out, people. And for global warming's sake, wear a condom.

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The White King by György Dragomán (Author), Paul Olchváry (Translator)

This is not just a beautiful novel, but also an important political reflection.

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Panic on the Streets: by Phill Gatenby

For the sort whom no bit of Smiths trivia is too, well, trivial, you'll want to add Panic to your collection of Smiths tomes, as few others can probably match Gatenby's privileged knowledge of the band and its environs.

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