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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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Getting Loose by Sam Binkley

Binkley does more than simply mark the transition from Yippy to yuppie.

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24 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

A Nail Through the Heart by Timothy Hallinan

A Nail Through the Heart can be read as an anti-noir, eschewing the taciturn, solitary detective for a man whose only desire is to connect.

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24 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

Lying with Strangers by James Grippando

Soap opera shocks plus thriller chills.

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21 Jun 2007 // 11:00 PM

To Lives To Fly by John Kruth

Knuth also shares several direct quotes from Van Zandt in which he consistently maintains that he was simply a medium for songs.

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21 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Our animals, ourselves: Sara Gruen tells it as it is in her novel of handlers and the handled.

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Karaoke by Zhou Xun and Francesca Tarocco

The authors delve into karaoke technology, such as the popular (and my personal favorite) video game Karaoke Revolution, and even explore the bizarre "pornaoke" found in British Columbia.

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20 Jun 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Religion by Tim Willocks

This sweeping epic romance set against the Turkish siege of Malta in 1565 might be a candidate for best novel of the year -- were it not so very badly written.

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