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Confronting the New Conservatism by Michael J. Thompson [Editor]

It makes for worthy if sometimes scary reading as the United States slouches toward the 2008 election.

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Women Who Write by Stefan Bollmann

The category "women who write" has been interpreted in its broadest sense, to refreshing effect.

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No One Belongs Here More Than You: Stories by Miranda July

Anxiety-ridden souls find salvation in life's small challenges.

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New Stories from the South by Edward P. Jones (Guest Editor) and Kathy Pories (Series Editor)

The best of these stories drive their characters to a point where, as Edward P. Jones puts it, their world has shifted, in small or large ways.

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Cheney: The Untold Story of Americas Most Powerful and Controversial Vice President

Hayes rejects the view of Cheney as a master puppeteer who manipulates the president and pulls policy strings through loyalists planted throughout the executive branch.

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Wrestling Babylon by Irvin Muchnick

By watching the events, by cheering them on, by purchasing the books and DVDs, what part are we playing in sending these people to early graves?

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7 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Hellenistic Age: A Short History by Peter Green

Provides an interesting and well-written overview of a historical period that Green aptly describes as covering "some of the most crucial and transformational history of the ancient world."

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Poison Woman by Christine L. Marran

The most infamous of the "Poison Women" became notorious because her every action upset the natural order.

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6 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Sirens of Baghdad: A Novel by Yasmina Khadra

Its gripping descriptions of the world as seen through the eyes of a simple young man deeply centered in culture and tradition provide a lesson on how actions can turn a friend into a very dangerous foe.

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6 Aug 2007 // 10:58 PM

New England White by Stephen L. Carter

Carter has found a way to educate readers about this "secret" class without boring them with historical footnotes or explanations about the source of their wealth.

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Reading Comics by Douglas Wolk

Wolk discusses each selection with a fan's enthusiasm and a critic's eye for detail.

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Death of a Dissident by Alex Goldfarb, Marina Litvinenko, Marina Litvinenko

Absorbing both these books resembles downing one's skulduggery straight, on an empty stomach, without any "sweeteners."

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The Human Touch: Our Part in the Creation of a Universe by Michael Frayn

The Human Touch is the latest in a series of blockbuster volumes in which writers from whom you might expect something different have taken on the cosmos, whether conceived physically or in intellectual terms.

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2 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Lisa See's Peony in Love about a lovelorn maiden disappoints as a novel but is a fascinating window on historical China.

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1 Aug 2007 // 11:00 PM

American Food Writing by Molly ONeill [Editor]

Any food lover will tell you that to learn about a culture, one can do no better than to pull up a chair and pick up a fork.

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1 Aug 2007 // 10:59 PM

Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal

Harsh Charity Girl explores horrific treatment of women during WWI.

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31 Jul 2007 // 11:00 PM

In Wood's hands, Little Red Riding Hood had never met a wolf so dangerous.

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Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case by Carol Pogash

What makes Pogash's book so powerful is that it evokes the universal bafflement we feel over the tortured relationships some other people endure.

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The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys by Carole Kismaric and Marvin Heiferman

Kismaric and Heiferman continually insult both the intelligence and the taste of their readers, offering sentence after poorly written sentence.

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The Boys From Dolores: Fidel Castros Classmates from Revolution to Exile by Patrick Symmes

Travel writer captures the essence of Fidel's school days in The Boys From Dolores.

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