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Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon

Fans of Chabon will want to know that questions of identity here are sexual as well as religious and that these matters are artfully twined into the action.

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Annette Vallon: A Novel of the French Revolution by James Tipton

This debut novel by English professor Tipton is a well-researched view of life in the Loire Valley during the Revolution.

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No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

Though the novel and film versions of McCarthy's story share the same long, desolate stretch of road, they provide differing ways of encountering and interpreting the signs along the way.

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10 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

The Great Funk by Thomas Hine

"When the forces of order are revealed to be a malign conspiracy," Hine suggests, "it's a good time for a party." In the 1970s, America fragmented without falling apart.

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The Rough Guide to Film by Richard Armstrong

Unlike many guides which limit themselves to DVD or video releases, the writers say "our film selections have not been dictated by availability".

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9 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Being Sugar Ray by Kenneth Shropshire

In sports there is no shortage of flamboyant champions who, by virtue of their triumphs on the field, the court, or in the ring, rise to the mantle of celebrity.

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8 Jan 2008 // 9:00 PM

Gods Behaving Badly: by Marie Phillips

Twelve Greek gods are transplanted into a rundown north London existence, lamenting the decline of their influence in the human sphere even as they misuse their powers for trivial purposes. Hilarity ensues.

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8 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Nanny State by David Harsanyi

Ultimately, the "nanny state" is about control, as shown in David Harsanyi's new book, which compiles numerous examples of what he terms the "tyranny of the busybody."

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Economical and considered out of necessity, this is so meticulously crafted that there isn’t a wasted passage or a superfluous phrase.

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7 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff

Story of a Sound isn't just the story of a sound. It's a piece of jazz criticism that passionately questions and enhances the role of jazz criticism.

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If Democrats Had Any Brains, Theyd Be Republicans by Ann Coulter

Coulter has rightly calculated that a healthy dollop of GOP-championing and Dem-bashing can bait true believers into a bookstore.

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6 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

I Never Saw Paris by Harry I. Freund

Dialogic exploration of belief in heaven or its alternative, or a tepid exploration of the human tendency for connection and closure?

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Making Waves: New Cinemas of the 1960s by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

On censorship he says: "It tended to be assumed in European films that human beings were born with sexual organs and at a certain point in their lives began to use them, not always in socially approved ways."

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3 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Babies by Design by Ronald M. Green

Two polar, persuasive stands on reproductive genetics.

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Sleaze Artists by Jeffrey Sconce

It must surely be daunting for any young film scholar with an interest in trash to come face to face with the volume of academic work that’s been done on once-disreputable movies.

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2 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

My Unwritten Books by George Steiner

Cultural critic and scholar George Steiner meditates on seven books he planned to write, but never did.

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Mom, Have You Seen My Leather Pants? by Craig A. Williams

The title of Craig A. Williams' memoir just about sums it all up. It's worth reading anyway.

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1 Jan 2008 // 8:59 PM

Slam by Nick Hornby

Writer of 'male confessionals' turns his talent to a teen.

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American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis

One hates to say that it brings history alive, but that's exactly what this kind of storytelling can, and does, accomplish.

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Baltimore by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden and Hellboy scribe Mike Mignola make full use of World War I's carnival of cruelty to foreground their tale of lost love and massacred innocence. Not to mention vampires -- lots of vampires.

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Stone Dead: Murder and Myth in 'Medousa'

// Short Ends and Leader

"A wry tale which takes in Greek mythology, punk rock and influences of American suspense-drama, this is an effective and curious thriller about myth and obsession.

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