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16 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

28 Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen

28 Stories personalizes tragedy of AIDS in Africa.

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16 May 2007 // 4:00 AM

Shakespeare the Thinker by A.D. Nuttall

To be or not to be a philosopher did not concern Shakespeare, so far as we know. And we know very little.

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Alice Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

Do we really need yet another edition of the famous fantasy? Apparently, the fans of British pop artist Peter Blake seem to think so.

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15 May 2007 // 1:00 AM

Bela Lugosi by Gary D. Rhodes with Richard Sheffield

Still smitten, Lugosi stalked her, sent emissaries disguised as reporters, and kidnapped her dog as a hostage.

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God is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

A fire-breathing polemicist in the grand tradition, the Hitch has spleen to spare and wastes none of it here when going after the godly.

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10 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon

Yiddish detective tracks a killer across Alaska in Michael Chabon's brilliantly conceived noir history.

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10 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

Domestic Violence: Poems by Eavan Boland

Much of Boland's fifth volume of poems, is explicitly about Ireland -- its quiet domestic scenes tinged with malice, its relatively recent experience of modernity, its daffodil-filled springs, its ghosts.

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Savage Peace: Hope and Fear in America 1919 by Ann Hagedorn

A turbulent year overlooked in its niche between the Great War and the Roaring '20s... when hope dissolved into disappointment and fear put a chokehold on social progress.

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9 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

The White Cascade by Gary Krist

White Cascade details drama of deadly 1910 railroad disaster.

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Doing Nothing by Tom Lutz

Lutz's book is charming and graceful, long on anecdote and telling details, if perhaps short on coherent story or even organizing principle.

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8 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

Mississippi Sissy by Kevin Sessums

Too good to be true: Literary excellence pushes memoir of growing up gay into fictional realms.

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The End of the World As We Know It by Robert Goolrick

But while I enjoyed the book and found it engaging, I can't say my "heart was changed" by it, whatever that means.

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6 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

A Miracle of Catfish by Larry Brown

Without an ending, or even a strong central plot, Brown's last novel still ranks among his greatest.

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Smartbomb by Heather Chaplin and Aaron Ruby

While one could argue that games have gone mainstream, one could apparently also argue that Americans have just decided to do what feels good, regardless of the consequences.

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3 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

Blind Singer Joes Blues by Robert Love Taylor

Lovely, lyrical Blind Singer Joe's Blues suggests music may come from misery.

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2 May 2007 // 11:00 PM

Evil Genius by Catherine Jinks

If you don't behave, you will die. And nothing will change for those left behind.

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2 May 2007 // 10:59 PM

Shes Gone by Kwame Dawes

Kwame Dawes' first novel, She's Gone, is an awkward love story.

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The Brain That Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science by No

Two medical narratives shine, two are DOA: Science presented on a human scale.

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Conversations with the Great Moviemakers of Hollywoods Golden Age at the American Film Institute

"I'm just rebellious because I don't want to make shit."

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Boomsday by Christopher Buckley

Against such a backdrop, it must be unfathomably difficult to develop ideas and plots that remain wholly satirical, rather than lapsing into mere realism.

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