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19 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad

Biography captures the complexity of writer Ralph Ellison.

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Practical Research Methods for Media and Cultural Studies by Máire Messenger Davies and Nick Mo

I majored in history, but failed math: strongly agree, strongly disagree, or I don't remember. If you chose the first option, continue reading.

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18 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

New England White by Stephen L. Carter

New England White delves into the secrets of race, culture, morality and murder in a university town.

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18 Jul 2007 // 9:58 PM

The Chess Set in the Mirror by Massimo Bontempelli

Chess Set opens up a realm of imagination and insight

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17 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Storms by Carol Ann Harris

But is Harris describing isolated, drug-fuelled incidents that seem endemic of the time and culture she was living in -- or serial, criminal abuse?

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17 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Blaze by Richard Bachman

Calamity follows lonely, brain-damaged Clayton Blaisdell Jr. in Blaze, written 30 years ago.

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Interfictions by Delia Sherman and Theodora Goss

What struck me most about these "interfictions," however, was their striking similarity, rather than their difference.

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16 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Fabric of America by Andro Linklater

Linklater offers an account of the extent to which clearly demarcated boundaries, of both the states and the nation, contributed to the formation of the American character.

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15 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Rid of Me by Kate Schatz

PJ Harvey's Rid of Me still burns with a fever nearly 15 years after its release in 1993. It is an angry, throbbing album, barely containing the ragged voices within it.

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15 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Michael Tolliver Lives by Armistead Maupin

Sly, humane and possessing canny observation skills, Maupin can still blow a pop-culture bubble with the best of them.

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Edward Trencoms Nose by Giles Milton

Instead of writing Linen: The Fabric That Changed The World, Milton has taken a departure of sorts into the world of fiction with Edward Trencom's Nose.

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12 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

After Dark by Haruki Murakami

After Dark is a slice-of-life snapshot that leaves most of its philosophical inquiries and plotlines unresolved.

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Otherwise Normal People by Aurelia C. Scott

It turns out that when Gertude Stein said, "A rose is a rose is a rose," she was lying.

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Scoring from Second by Philip F. Deaver [Editor]

Even the very best baseball players convert only three or four of every ten at bats into base hits. Perhaps Deaver can find some sort of poetic consolation in that statistic.

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10 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris

Morris' novel is a book not about the metaphysics of murder, but rather the metaphysics of the investigation of murders.

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I Like Food, Food Tastes Good by Kara Zuaro

Even if a band like, say, Pelican doesn't sound like my cup of tea, I'm happy to try their recipe for oatmeal cake.

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9 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

God Is Not Great by Christopher Hitchens

Atheist polemic refuses to engage authentic religion.

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8 Jul 2007 // 10:00 PM

Their Dogs Came With Them by Helena Maria Viramontes

Viramontes loves L.A., and her new novel is a multilayered homage to the lives of "the forgotten poor... the despised and reviled" in East L.A./Boyle Heights of the 1960s.

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8 Jul 2007 // 9:59 PM

Divisadero by Michael Ondaatje

Divisadero is another coup in a line of Ondaatje coups that include the dreamlike English Patient.

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Tabloid Prodigy by Marlise Elizabeth Kast

Most people who feel they've made shameful ethical compromises don't usually write books about how thrilling it all was.

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