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8 Jan 2008 // 10:00 PM

Gods Behaving Badly: by Marie Phillips

Twelve Greek gods are transplanted into a rundown north London existence, lamenting the decline of their influence in the human sphere even as they misuse their powers for trivial purposes. Hilarity ensues.

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8 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Nanny State by David Harsanyi

Ultimately, the "nanny state" is about control, as shown in David Harsanyi's new book, which compiles numerous examples of what he terms the "tyranny of the busybody."

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby

Economical and considered out of necessity, this is so meticulously crafted that there isn’t a wasted passage or a superfluous phrase.

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7 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Coltrane: The Story of a Sound by Ben Ratliff

Story of a Sound isn't just the story of a sound. It's a piece of jazz criticism that passionately questions and enhances the role of jazz criticism.

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If Democrats Had Any Brains, Theyd Be Republicans by Ann Coulter

Coulter has rightly calculated that a healthy dollop of GOP-championing and Dem-bashing can bait true believers into a bookstore.

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6 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

I Never Saw Paris by Harry I. Freund

Dialogic exploration of belief in heaven or its alternative, or a tepid exploration of the human tendency for connection and closure?

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Making Waves: New Cinemas of the 1960s by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith

On censorship he says: "It tended to be assumed in European films that human beings were born with sexual organs and at a certain point in their lives began to use them, not always in socially approved ways."

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3 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Babies by Design by Ronald M. Green

Two polar, persuasive stands on reproductive genetics.

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Sleaze Artists by Jeffrey Sconce

It must surely be daunting for any young film scholar with an interest in trash to come face to face with the volume of academic work that’s been done on once-disreputable movies.

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2 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

My Unwritten Books by George Steiner

Cultural critic and scholar George Steiner meditates on seven books he planned to write, but never did.

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Mom, Have You Seen My Leather Pants? by Craig A. Williams

The title of Craig A. Williams' memoir just about sums it all up. It's worth reading anyway.

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1 Jan 2008 // 9:59 PM

Slam by Nick Hornby

Writer of 'male confessionals' turns his talent to a teen.

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American Creation by Joseph J. Ellis

One hates to say that it brings history alive, but that's exactly what this kind of storytelling can, and does, accomplish.

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Baltimore by Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden

Christopher Golden and Hellboy scribe Mike Mignola make full use of World War I's carnival of cruelty to foreground their tale of lost love and massacred innocence. Not to mention vampires -- lots of vampires.

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19 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Year of Living Biblically by A. J. Jacobs

The book details Jacobs's quest to follow every single rule in the Bible for a year.

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The Devils Whisper by Miyuki Miyabe

Despite a fairly salacious premise, this thriller by popular Japanese writer Miyuki Miyabe reads more like a young adult mystery, a Stratemeyer Syndicate novel transposed to modern day Japan.

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17 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

Tomorrow by Graham Swift

The protagonist's compelling monologue finds her mining her past to prepare herself for the secrets she must reveal to her children come morning.

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16 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Granta Book of Reportage by Ian Jack

In an era of media overload and addiction to the immediate, he's demarcating a space for the measured, thoughtful, and in-depth narratives that can only be put together by the man (or woman) on the ground.

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16 Dec 2007 // 9:59 PM

Ludlow by David Mason

For this is nothing if not a human story. If it may be said to have a "message," it's that it is not governments and organizations, ideologies or even grand philosophical notions that are decisive in human affairs.

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13 Dec 2007 // 10:00 PM

God’s Harvard by Hanna Rosin

Rosin’s study provides an accomplished example for future investigations of evangelical politics, and she offers fair and necessary critiques of idealism and limitations of Patrick Henry College.

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