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The Republican Playbook by Andy Borowitz

Stains on the pages, doodles in the margins, a facsimile of a fundraising letter from God -- all appropriate for a book that has made its home in the back pocket of President George Bush.

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Reading Writing by Julien Gracq

Julien Gracq is smarter than all of us.

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Exile on Main St by Robert Greenfield

All this righteous posturing distracts from the narrative itself, distorting its no-bullshit prose into downright surliness.

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19 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Snakeskin Shamisen by Naomi Hirahara

Hirahara's detailed characterization makes these old-timers so real, we can imagine her borrowing from a deaf great-uncle here or a forgetful grandfather there.

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18 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

White Rat by Gayl Jones

Because Jones has already created such a definitive image of black identity through dialect, she forces the reader to question the underlying assumptions behind the way language identifies us.

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Not in Kansas Anymore by Christine Wicker

Today's bedroom occultists and kitchen mystics are part of ordinary life, co-existing, often amicably, with Baptists, Presbyterians, and Atheists.

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Liseys Story by Stephen King

The book is an unusually careful creation from an author who has too often let himself run on automatic.

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Autobiography of My Hand by Kurt S. Olsson

The first poem in Bright Hill Press’ 2005 Poetry Chapbook winner, “Grace”, begins: They are here to teach him about power, a gang of ten-year-olds. Hands

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

A Unified Theory of Light by Theodore Worozbyt

Dream Horse Press makes some ugly editorial mistakes with their 2005 National Poetry Chapbook Prize Winner, Theodore Worozbyt. In the table of contents, “Corn” is listed

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13 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Birds Are on Fire by Kay Sloan

Every year, Finishing Line books publishes 30 chapbooks by unknown poets. I’ve read four now, and all are tastefully designed with lovely cover art and

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11 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Color of the Sea by John Hamamura

Hamamura's background bestows him with tremendous understanding of both Japanese and American psyches.

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10 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Binge by Barrett Seaman

As "one male Ivy League junior" affirmed, "It's easier to go out and get fucked up and hook up than be sober and ask a girl on a date and get nothing for it".

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Divas and Scholars by Philip Gossett

This book attempts to come to grips with the sometimes rather fraught intersection between the scholarly ideal and the practical exigencies of the stage.

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6 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Someday Well All Be Free by Kevin Powell

In this regard, unlike many in the hip-hop community, Powell resists a parochial black nationalism and a truncated heterosexism. The "all" in the title of this book means ALL.

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5 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Homicide by David Simon

When these detectives trade gallows humor over a stone whodunit (department terminology for a case likely never to be solved), it seems less like entertainment and more about keeping despair at bay.

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Falling Room by Eli Hastings

Hastings has written a much more interesting memoir than his self-described "angst-ridden, infantile leftist lens" might lead one to expect.

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The Illustrated Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, illustrations by Dame Darcy

Darcy could not have better portrayed this moment of recognition, the moment when Jane fully grasps, for the first time, the concept of sin and all it entails.

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2 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cursed From Birth by David Ohle

He fills an entire page with the single word "pain," adding at the very end, "and in hospitals you learn to, Hate, Hate ..."

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My Freshman Year by Rebekah Nathan

It's a shame that this book is so disappointing, because Nathan/Small is right about its need.

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28 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Persian Fire by Tom Holland

Holland manages to synthesize the scope and emotion of his classical sources without sacrificing an iota of historical stringency.

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