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3 Apr 2008 // 10:59 PM

Beautiful Children by Charles Bock

The true star of Beautiful Children, though, is Bock's hometown of Las Vegas, a place where it's never really dark or quiet.

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A Heaven of Others by Joshua Cohen

Though Jonathan spends much of the story reflecting on his life on Earth, the afterlife he encounters is peppered with dangers that are amorphous and beyond anything to do with the living, including religious beliefs

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2 Apr 2008 // 10:59 PM

Another Thing to Fall by Laura Lippman

Laura Lippman continues to excel at contemporary mysteries that are, at the same time, well-grounded in the old-fashioned private detective genre.

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The Resurrectionist by Jack O’Connell

Besotted on Kafka-esque absurdity and Herbert Asbury-like carnivals of crime, O'Connell is a pulp author of the first order, but it's possible that it's time for him to become a little more of a pulp writer.

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1 Apr 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Man Who Made Lists by Joshua Kendall

Mad about lists: Sloppy bio fails to define Thesaurus's Roget.

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The Second Plane by Martin Amis

Assuming the 21st century began precisely at 2 WTC, Manhattan. 09:02am, September 11th 2001, these 11 essays and two stories are a chronological tour through Amis’ post 9/11 worldview.

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31 Mar 2008 // 10:59 PM

The Open Road by Pico Iyer

The Dalai Lama: Down-to-earth and intimate.

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The Girl on the Fridge by Etgar Keret

There’s no escaping the sinking suspicion that no matter how entertaining Keret’s goof can be for the short haul, he could (and probably should) do better.

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A Short History of the American Stomach by Frederick Kaufman

It could easily be argued that American political and economic hegemony may extend not just to the brain, but also to the stomach.

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The Delighted States by Adam Thirlwell

After finishing this book you'll want to call in sick for a month and burrow into a teetering tower of modernist works.

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27 Mar 2008 // 10:59 PM

Mortified by David Nadelberg

In an age of MySpace, Twitter and Facebook, what makes a collection of diary entries from the pre-Internet era so engrossing?

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26 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Fieldwork by Mischa Berlinski

This is clearly the work of a superior intellect, but one that doesn’t shy away from juicy plot twists or exciting set pieces, fashioning a story that thrills without condescension.

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26 Mar 2008 // 10:59 PM

World Made by Hand by James Howard Kunstler

In Kunstler's post apocalyptic world, rugged outdoorsmen, carpenters, engineers, and their ilk will fare best in an era where foodstuffs, tools, and other necessities must be hand created or otherwise cultivated.

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Unsettling Accounts by Leigh A. Payne

A popular assumption is that once a torturer confesses, that will be enough to satisfy or even to forgive. What Payne finds in this fact-rich, academically-centered, book is far more complex, illuminating, and troubling.

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25 Mar 2008 // 10:59 PM

Detective Story by Imre Kertesz

Detective Story marks Kertesz's first foray outside Jewish subject matter or a European setting. Yet his characteristic themes are everywhere present.

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Cylons in America: by ed. Tiffany Potter, C. W. Marshall

While thought-provoking and well-researched, this book is only for hard-core Battlestar Galactica fans who also happen to like academic essays.

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The Vixen Diaries by Karrine Steffans

A masterwork in its complete lack of subtext and irony.

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24 Mar 2008 // 10:58 PM

1 Dead in Attic by Chris Rose

New Orleans columnist takes readers deep into a devastated Crescent City.

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23 Mar 2008 // 11:00 PM

Arkansas by John Brandon

Friends help you move, but good friends help you move bodies.

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Beginner’s Greek by James Collins

Though set in the present day, this story is resolutely old fashioned. We are free to focus on the characters as they worry about love, which interests them above all.

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