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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien

As a grown-up Lizzie must learn, one's childhood can never be abandoned, one's home and family never truly rejected.

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Philosophy of New Music by Theodor Adorno; Translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor

For Adorno, the opiate of the masses in late capitalism was not religion, but culture, and mass-produced culture was little more than a drug that served no other capacity than the reification and perpetuation of the dominance of capital -- culture as product that could only produce more product as culture.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy takes a style that's always had a tilt towards the gothic and gives it free reign as he follows a father and son diligently struggling across a blasted and dead countryside that seems to have once been America.

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My Life as a Furry Red Monster by Kevin Clash with Gary Brozek

The book's overall cheery tone was somewhat marred for me by Clash's reluctance to say anything negative about television and children, a hot topic in educational and psychological circles.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chris Marker by Nora M. Alter

With sprawlingly ambitious movies like these to his credit, it's ironic that Marker's best-known film is La Jetee, a 28-minute short composed almost entirely of still photos.

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Remember Me by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

With caskets being sold at Costco and FuneralDepot.com, with cremation becoming all the rage, and with the Internet offering custom funerals, does anyone actually still get buried in the old-fashioned way?

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11 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Last Days of Dead Celebrities by Mitchell Fink

[It] sidesteps sensationalism and hype to focus on the small but revealing details of these 15 stars' final hours.

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7 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Model Student by Robin Hazelwood

When will a smart and beautiful protagonist, a la Carrie Bradshaw or Ally McBeal, be able to handle life's clashing elements without melting into vulnerability?

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6 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Tuvalu by Andrew OConnor

Instead of seeking to make his own environment more humane and liveable, Tuttle seems to imagine that what he needs is more isolation, rather than less. Impotence wins again.

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5 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Urban Nightmares by Steve Macek

Macek dissects with profound disappointment and regret the effects of victim blaming, repressive law enforcement policies, and scapegoating of urban residents by conservative pundits, politicians, news media, and popular culture.

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The Central Liberal Truth by Lawrence E. Harrison

Although the book has the word liberal in its title, it is hardly progressive.

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30 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Charlemagne by Derek Wilson

The notion of objective "history" as we understand it today was still another thousand years in the offing, so our understanding will forever be obscured by propaganda, myth, and obfuscation.

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29 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Icelander by Dustin Long

It features a lost world, literary forgeries, inhuman fox-clad assassins, kidnapping, murder, and heroic ballad karaoke, all of which are irresistible.

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The Overachievers: The Secret Lives of Driven Kids by Alexandra Robbins

At the end of a year spent interviewing students, parents, college counselors, and other education professionals, Robbins concludes that in the effort to create high-achieving teens, we've created basket cases.

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The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker: An Erotic Memoir by Suzanne Portnoy

Taking it back to the question of whether or not The Butcher, the Baker, the Candlestick Maker is 'true' or not, you kind of hope it isn't, and sadly suspect that it is.

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Millions of Women Are Waiting to Meet You by Sean Thomas

For all his broad, colourful and chequered sexual past, Thomas has not been able to discover much more than that men like looking at women.

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Postmortem: How Medical Examiners Explain Suspicious Deaths by Stefan Timmermans

Each chapter is interesting and informative, full of historical anecdotes, careful accounts of autopsy procedure, and thorough explanations of forensic logic.

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22 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Boy Detective Fails by Joe Meno

Meno's writing is clever and whimsical, yet a feeling of quiet solemnity pervades.

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21 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Pound for Pound by F.X. Toole

When F.X. Toole went into the hospital for heart surgery in 2002 with 900 pages of the unfinished manuscript that would become Pound for Pound, he said, 'Doc, get me just a little more time, I gotta finish my book.' He didn't get it.

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

For all that Black Swan Green seals itself in childhood, it dually seals itself off from children.

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