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Otherwise Normal People by Aurelia C. Scott

It turns out that when Gertude Stein said, "A rose is a rose is a rose," she was lying.

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Scoring from Second by Philip F. Deaver [Editor]

Even the very best baseball players convert only three or four of every ten at bats into base hits. Perhaps Deaver can find some sort of poetic consolation in that statistic.

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10 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris

Morris' novel is a book not about the metaphysics of murder, but rather the metaphysics of the investigation of murders.

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I Like Food, Food Tastes Good by Kara Zuaro

Even if a band like, say, Pelican doesn't sound like my cup of tea, I'm happy to try their recipe for oatmeal cake.

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9 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

Atheist polemic refuses to engage authentic religion.

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8 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Their Dogs Came With Them by Helena Maria Viramontes

Viramontes loves L.A., and her new novel is a multilayered homage to the lives of "the forgotten poor... the despised and reviled" in East L.A./Boyle Heights of the 1960s.

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8 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

Divisadero is another coup in a line of Ondaatje coups that include the dreamlike English Patient.

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Tabloid Prodigy by Marlise Elizabeth Kast

Most people who feel they've made shameful ethical compromises don't usually write books about how thrilling it all was.

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5 Jul 2007 // 10:55 PM

Origin by Diana Abu-Jaber

Fans of Diana Abu-Jaber's warm tales of life in an Arab-American family will find her new novel a stark and perhaps disconcerting departure.

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Homes of the Heart by Farouq Wadi

For the most part, it's as if the narrator's life ended in 1967.

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4 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Age of Huts (compleat) by Ron Silliman

If The Age of Huts provides any indication, we're witnessing the development of what is sure to be a defining literary project of the postmodern era.

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The Dangerous Book for Boys by Conn Iggulden and Hal Iggulden

If the two iconic Toms of Anglo-American boyhood -- Tom Sawyer and Tom Brown -- pooled their expertise, the result might resemble The Dangerous Book for Boys.

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2 Jul 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Cult of the Amateur by Andrew Keen

An extended paean to the lost Golden Age of middlebrow taste-makers and big-media megaphones, and an extended jeremiad against an age in which people are free to make up their own minds, and make their own contributions.

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1 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

Heyday by Kurt Andersen

Ben makes the mistake of characterizing the evident pleasure that Polly takes in sex by using the new-fangled word "nymphomaniac."

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28 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Atheists Bible by Joan Konner (Editor)

Consider The Atheist's Bible your atheism beach book, your big-A graphic novel, your "Atheism for Dummies," a slim book that permits you to feel like a high-achieving apostate every 20 seconds.

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28 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

At Large and At Small: Familiar Essays by Anne Fadiman

Fadiman's essays may start out as handshakes, but they quickly distill into murmurs floating across the table during a long afternoon squandered over Earl Grey and blueberry scones.

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Courting Equality by Patricia A. Gozemba and Karen Kahn

The gay community is by no means united on the importance or prioritization of marriage rights.

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27 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

What You Have Left by Will Allison

Collects many of South Carolina's idiosyncracies -- video poker, Confederate flag atop the State House, NASCAR hobby drivers -- and puts them to good use.

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26 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

Pornology by Ayn Carrillo-Gailey

Carrillo-Gailey establishes early in the book that she is a Harvard graduate, a professional, and by all assessments, a "good girl."

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China Ghosts: My Daughters Journey to America, My Passage to Fatherhood by Jeff Gammage

Gammage's beautifully written memoir, which weaves together emotionally wrenching narrative with insightful social commentary, will resonate with any American who has taken the same journey.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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