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What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins (Editor)

Whether you're teenage Maya Angelou or clothing designer Eileen Fisher questioning the benefits of making it alone, your doubts correspond.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Quipu by Arthur Sze

Sze is ultimately concerned with the most primary of all relationships: that between the mind and the world.

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13 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Watching Wildlife by Cynthia Chris

Chris analyzes several nature films from this era, a couple of which depicted rape as a 'natural' occurrence in such species as elephant seals and koalas.

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Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald

With a work as dense and as broad in scope as Conspiracy, we are allowed the time for side stories and subplots that are just as compelling as Enron's end.

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8 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

White Shadow by Ace Atkins

Why rush to turn the page when each paragraph is so wonderfully rendered?"

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Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government—and How We Take It Back b

In Hostile Takeover, Sirota points the finger at Corporate America and a bevy of politicians from both parties who are at best, unable to prevent gross corporate profiteering and at worst, lining their pockets with gifts and big campaign donations at citizens' expense.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem

As the Eggerses and Safran Foers of the literary hype machine take childlike pranksterdom and surreal folk tales to often dazzling, uncharted heights, Lethem writes from a less ambitious but no less affecting point, imbuing well-worn genres with an almost paralyzing intimacy.

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The Great Deluge: Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans, and the Mississippi Gulf Coast by Douglas Brinkley

It's fairly safe to say that in a time of crisis, New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin isn't the guy whom you'd want responsible for your well-being.

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2 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

They Played the Game, Vol. 1 by Stephen Randall

If They Played the Game only gave a mirror to those who make a living with play this would be an adequate collection, but there are moments of pure wonder and delight that have nothing to do with the field.

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The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley

The historian's customary irony is replaced with the assumed fatalism of the Norse themselves, for whom death was a harsh fact of daily existence. The effect is monumental, and carries the burnished authenticity of a long-lost epic.

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31 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

American Purgatorio by John Haskell

This set up is near-identical to George Sluizer's 1991 film, The Vanishing whose first scenes depict a woman disappearing while at a roadside service center.

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This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes

In any city except Los Angeles such characters grouped together might seem ridiculous, yet one of the ways in which this city undermines fiction is that it defies all attempts to invent the improbable.

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We Are Billion Year Old Carbon: A Tribal-Love-Rock-Novel Set in the Sixties on an Outpost Planet Cal

It's like a psych-rock album, reveling in its pretensions and subverting the dominant systems (in this case, narrative linearity) as it breaks the form.

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The Politics of Small Things: The Power of the Powerless in Dark Times by Jeffrey C. Goldfarb

Goldfarb examines the day-to-day connections between people that help them escape isolation, loneliness and despair, the very things Arendt identifies as seeds of the terror that totalitarianism reaps.

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25 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen

As far as I know, Cohen isn't dying of anything other than the slow death of the existentialist, but there are portions of Book of Longing that read with the calmness of somebody who's reached Kubler-Ross' last stage: acceptance.

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24 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Mexican Days: Journeys Into the Heart of Mexico by Tony Cohan

Cohan links himself with eccentrics and outcasts, all engaged together in an endeavor that is arguably futile, all devoting their lives to the pursuit of Mexico.

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23 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Everyman is of a piece with Roth's oeuvre and yet somehow distinct and unique.

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22 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Possibility of an Island by Michel Houllebecq

Like Daniel, Houllebecq is a wounded animal lashing out in fear at the unfathomable mysteries of existence.

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19 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

March by Geraldine Brooks

March's lessons can be taken on board by any liberal concerned by conservatives gaining ground in the 'culture wars'.

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Family and Other Accidents by Shari Goldhagen

Losing his virginity becomes an issue of cleaning up, rather than some crash-bang moment of adult discovery.

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