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1 Jan 2007 // 8:59 PM

Pathfinders: A Global History of Exploration by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Fernandez-Armesto's lively mind, pithy phrasing, and stunningly thorough and diverse knowledge are a constant pleasure.

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The Doors by The Doors by The Doors, with Ben Fong-Torres

Death has been very good to Jim Morrison, but it's been even better for those who continue to profit from his fleeting but fruitful body of his work. Not to mention his body. With that in mind, the following words will be eschewed for the duration of this discussion: Shaman, Dionysus, Rimbaud, God, Satan, and Witchcraft.

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20 Dec 2006 // 8:59 PM

The Trouble with Physics by Lee Smolin

The rise of string theory began a period filled with tantalizing near-miss formulations that continues until today.

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19 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon

If The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, with its equations, charts and diagrams, revels in pushing the ways in which a novel’s boundaries can stretch, then A Spot of Bother’s charm lies in the generosity in which it fills a novel’s traditional boundaries.

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18 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Live Fast, Die Young by Lawrence Frascella and Al Weisel

They put the film in context of the emerging teen, rock and roll culture and discuss everything from hot rod culture to the changing sexual mores, paying particular attention to the way homosexuality was depicted in the media.

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17 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Creation by E.O. Wilson

Written as a long, personal letter to a fictionalized Southern Baptist pastor, The Creation is one scientist's way of reaching out.

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The Twilight of Atheism by Alister McGrath

There can be little doubt, looking across the horizons of contemporary society and assuming any objective measure, that the notion of godlessness has reached a nadir.

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14 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Ruby in Her Navel: A Novel of Love and Intrigue in the 12th Century by Barry Unsworth

The emphasis here is less on action than on character and motivation, and the tempo overall is mostly andante moderato, not allegro vivace.

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13 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Echo Maker: A Novel by Richard Powers

In Richard Powers' world, where technology and humanity are inexorably fused, memory is a mashed-up maelstrom that's random and repetitive, elusive and deceptive.

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13 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Supermodel by David Breskin

Perhaps Breskin went too far into the task of developing a full psychological portrait of a supermodel that he ended up giving her superwoman status as well.

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12 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala

But if Agu finds humanity at its lowest point, he also finds solace in a different sort of faith, offered by true friendship.

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11 Dec 2006 // 10:00 PM

Darker Than the Deepest Sea by Trevor Dann

What makes Drake's story a recurring fascination for fans -- and creates a minefield for the would-be biographer -- is how little it yields in solid facts, how much of romantic embroidering and speculation.

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What is the What by Dave Eggers

I'm glad the book's been so successful; it makes me feel less guilty about finding it such a drag.

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7 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

A Shameful Act: The Armenian Genocide and the Question of Turkish Responsibility by Taner Akcam

To put it bluntly: In those dying days, Ottoman leaders killed most of Turkey's Christians, just as Nazi Germany would kill most of its Jews.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:01 PM

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson

Yes, Virginia, there is another mystery writer in Scotland besides Ian Rankin.

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6 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Not To: New and Selected Poems by Elaine Terranova

Like the process of becoming experienced, these poems ask us to pay attention.

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5 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Sweet and Low by Rich Cohen

He views these subjects (his family) from a distance, and this enables him to study them, as they are, in their complicated, ugly glory.

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4 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The 1950s Most Wanted by Robert A. Rodriguez

Frank Zappa wasn't the son of Mr. Green Jeans?

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Light of Evening by Edna OBrien

This is a novel about feelings as much as events. You must be willing to immerse, to submerge.

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3 Dec 2006 // 9:00 PM

Magical Meteorite Songwriting Device by Exene Cervenka

Magical Meteorite Songwriting Device fulfills expectations and excitement of long-time fans, and can also stand alone as a solid representation of mixed media art today.

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