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1 Aug 2007 // 10:00 PM

American Food Writing by Molly ONeill [Editor]

Any food lover will tell you that to learn about a culture, one can do no better than to pull up a chair and pick up a fork.

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1 Aug 2007 // 9:59 PM

Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal

Harsh Charity Girl explores horrific treatment of women during WWI.

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31 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

In Wood's hands, Little Red Riding Hood had never met a wolf so dangerous.

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Seduced by Madness: The True Story of the Susan Polk Murder Case by Carol Pogash

What makes Pogash's book so powerful is that it evokes the universal bafflement we feel over the tortured relationships some other people endure.

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The Mysterious Case of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys by Carole Kismaric and Marvin Heiferman

Kismaric and Heiferman continually insult both the intelligence and the taste of their readers, offering sentence after poorly written sentence.

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The Boys From Dolores: Fidel Castros Classmates from Revolution to Exile by Patrick Symmes

Travel writer captures the essence of Fidel's school days in The Boys From Dolores.

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29 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Exit Wounds by Ruru Modan

That Modan pulls off this little parable without once invoking the Arab-Israeli conflict directly is even more impressive.

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The United States and Central America: Geopolitical Realities and Regional Fragility by Mark Rosenbe

Scholar says the cycle of neglect that marks U.S. policy toward Central America isn't likely to be broken soon.

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29 Jul 2007 // 9:58 PM

Sammys House by Kristin Gore

Author Kristin Gore knows politics, but Sammy's House plods anyway.

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How to Talk to a Widower by Jonathan Tropper

If Hornby and Parsons are the prime examples of UK "lad lit", then American author Jonathan Tropper leads the "guy lit" genre.

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26 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

A Handbook to Luck by Cristina Garcia

Author Cristina Garcia goes in search of Cuba.

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Stealing the Wave: The Epic Struggle Between Ken Bradshaw and Mark Foo by Andy Martin

The ocean wasn't big enough for both of these surf hotshots; one had to die.

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Becoming Eichmann by David Cesarani

There are virtually no details of Adolf Eichmann's personal life in Cesarani's book.

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25 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Luncheon of the Boating Party by Susan Vreeland

A perspective on art from the inside out; Susan Vreeland's Luncheon of the Boating Party explores a Renoir work.

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Too Late to Say Goodbye: A True Story of Murder and Betrayal by Ann Rule

True-crime author's lethal weapon: the indelible image.

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The Gangster Film Reader by Alain Silver and James Ursini [Eds]

In an age when gangsters have given way to gangstas, it's refreshing to find a book that takes the older breed seriously.

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24 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Peony in Love: A Novel by Lisa See

Peony brings to life the heartache of women in 17th century China.

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Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of Americas First Black Filmmaker by Patrick McGilligan

Reading The Great and Only, one can only imagine the kind of film Micheaux's life story would make, and regret that the man himself isn't around to make it.

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With Speed and Violence by Fred Pearce

In alarming times, being an alarmist makes you right ...

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23 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Long Time Leaving: Dispatches From Up South by Roy Blount Jr.

The native Georgian, who lives among fellow liberals in Massachusetts, is tired of the anti-Southern attitudes he constantly encounters from uninformed Northerners who seek to paint the South with one broad, redneck-stained brush.

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