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6 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin

Zoglin frames stand-up comedians who achieved artistic maturity during the ‘70s as the “forgotten heroes” of the cultural revolution that rocked the country from Vietnam until the Reagan era.

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The Gathering by Anne Enright

A multigenerational saga that never sacrifices intimacy for affected grandeur, a domestic novel that feels limitless in scope, and a family tragedy that affirms the very life it laments.

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5 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Consolation by Michael Redhill

Despite its urban setting, here is a continuation of themes that pervade through the annals of Canadian and US literature: wilderness, survival, and man versus nature.

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Brand New China by Jing Wang

Written like a college textbook and packaged like a novel, this book blurs the line between storytelling and statistical analysis, making for an interesting, complex read.

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4 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

You Must Be This Happy to Enter by Elizabeth Crane

Zombies, time travelers, reality TV contestants and even a few normalish folks populate the pages of Elizabeth Crane's quirky, charming new collection.

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The Paris Review Interviews by

It is my firm belief that this collection should not just be cherished by lit snobs or Faulkner fanatics, but should be in the curriculum of every intro to modern literature course.

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3 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

Duma Key by Stephen King

Stephen King's spooky, Florida-set Duma Key revives his gift for suspense. King is at the height of his powers.

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2 Mar 2008 // 10:00 PM

The Dark Page by Kevin Johnson

Offering a scrupulous listing of the novels, plays, and other literary sources that inspired great noir productions of the 1940s, this is bibliophilia with heart and cinephilia with brains.

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2 Mar 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Monsters of Templeton by Lauren Groff

Groff's new novel revels in uncomfortable secrets of the past as its contemporary characters wrangle with slippery questions about the present.

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The Translator: A Tribesman’s Memoir of Darfur by Daoud Hari

A strict focus on the personal makes Hari's account of the hell that Darfur has become something more than just an exercise in despair.

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28 Feb 2008 // 9:59 PM

The Roman Triumph by Mary Beard

Classics professor Mary Beard marshals evidence like a good forensic specialist out to solve a crime.

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Print Is Dead by Jeff Gomez

Although mediums change, it is ultimately the message that remains important.

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27 Feb 2008 // 9:59 PM

Vinyl Highway by Dee Dee Phelps

This isn’t the stuff of best sellers, but it is great fun, especially for record-happy types like myself.

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Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

There's lots of rain, fog, and shadowy mists, as if a sunny day might wreck the storyline -- and then there's the "hand problem".

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Refresh, Refresh by Benjamin Percy

Percy's stories are brave and fresh and -- because they reflect a nearly institutional violence all too easily identified as realistic -- scary.

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25 Feb 2008 // 9:59 PM

Red Chicago by Randi Storch

An engaging look at the final years of the city's reign as the left-wing capital of America.

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Richard and John by Frank McLynn

McLynn has a keen eye not only for history, but for storytelling and the importance of artfulness in writing. This is everything a historical biography should be.

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24 Feb 2008 // 9:59 PM

Wallace Stegner and the American West by Philip L. Fradkin

A new biography of Wallace Stegner lauds his realistic writing and his career teaching it.

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The Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps by

The good stories are terrific reads and the not-so-good stories are never dull.

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21 Feb 2008 // 9:59 PM

Baldwin’s Harlem: A Biography by Herb Boyd

Revisionist study of James Baldwin's life fails to provide useful context.

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