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It’s Called a Breakup Because it’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Breakup Buddy by Greg Behrendt and Amiir

Behrendt's latest offers the same obnoxious bottom-line as the first: You may be a superfox, but all of us are desperate losers just dying for love and approval.

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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss

The world's greatest pickup artists, who can have their pick of any female, damage their brotherhood over a woman.

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The Flavor of our Faith: Reflections on Hispanic Life and Christian Faith by Karen Valentin with Rev

The Hispanic/Anglo issues addressed by Valentin contain universal cultural themes.

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Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish by Abigail Pogrebin

Wieseltier condemns the a la carte Judaism of those who choose what aspect of the religion they like and leave the rest behind and considers those people incompetent because they don't bother to learn what they don't know.

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Dean and Me (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan

Lewis does not blame his partner for the inevitable and bitter break-up in 1956. Instead, he makes it very clear that the separation was almost all his idea.

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Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

Seemingly no kernel of isolated trivia or controversial factoid is small enough to escape the author's notice.

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Star Struck by Pamela Anderson

There's something subtly depressive about the laundry list way that Anderson catalogs Star's life as if afflicted with something like the tit job version of ennui.

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The Saints’ Guide to Happiness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Spirit by Robert Ellsberg

Ellsberg's saints teach us sadness is not the opposite of happiness, but a part of it.

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Turn That Down!: A Hysterical History of Rock, Roll, Pop, Soul, Punk, Funk, Rap, Grunge, Motown, Met

Lewis Grossberger is many things, but a historian he ain't.

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Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs by Jerry Avorn, MD

Powerful Medicines is an expert's look at the problems behind how medications are studied, approved, marketed, and prescribed in the United States.

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Mastering the Universe: He-Man and the Rise and Fall of a Billion-Dollar Idea by Roger Sweet and Dav

What Skeletor failed to do, corporate mismanagement accomplished in months. He-Man was effectively dead.

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How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater by Marc Acito

Edward is not a fish out of water or a struggling outsider concentrating on his differences, as it seems every adolescent in contemporary literature is. He feels very at home with his friends and has no shortage of self-esteem.

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How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World:  A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen

How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World is no mere catalog of silliness and superstition for the amusement of the learned bourgeoisie -- rather it is a powerful jeremiad against the very foundations of modern society.

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Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye by Allison Dubois

The problem with DuBois's book is that exploration of this miraculous and otherworldly gift is lost amid a confused, unfocused work that can't decide if it's a memoir, self-help book, or a book of advice for potential psychics.

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20 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

Tyrant by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

In Tyrant, the pulleys and winches of Manfredi's fictional techniques are embarrassingly visible right from the start.

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19 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

A World of Light by Floyd Skloot

Illness has shrunk Floyd's world and forced him to concentrate on his immediate surroundings, and this means he engages with the geology, the weather and the vegetation around him with a visceral intimacy.

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The Roads to Modernity: The British, French and American Enlightenments by Gertrude Himmelfarb

Any concept of Enlightenment that can attempt with a straight face to trace a direct genealogy to George W. Bush is predicated on a reading of history so attenuated and abused as to be rendered comically unrecognizable.

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15 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

True Story: Murder, Memoir, Mea Culpa by Michael Finkel

Finkel's transgression, thus articulated, seems much more comprehensible than those of Stephen Glass and Jayson Blair.

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14 Sep 2005 // 12:00 AM

It’s Different for Girls by Jo Brand

Two middle-aged, former hell-raisers from similar English seaside towns are making fascinating waves in alternative chick-lit.

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Shooting from the Hip: Photography, Masculinity, and Postwar America by Patricia Vettel-Becker

While Shooting from the Hip is recommended without hesitation as an excellent book, it must also be noted that it is an incomplete one.

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