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Thursday, June 19 2003

The Best Short Stories of Leslea Newman by Leslea Newman

The act of family building is central in this book, whether it involves one's relationship with parents or trying to conceive a child with a turkey baster.


Tuesday, June 10 2003

Strongly Spent: 50 Years of Poetry

This is a consummately chosen selection of powerful poems, rewarding to read, and remaining in the reader's mind long after the book has been put down.


Vampire Thrall by Michael Schiefelbein

Schiefelbein does not overdraw the story, keeping the narrative short, not over-dealing the fantastic elements or giving us pat and simplistic answers to the questions it poses.


The Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman

If the way things work in Washington are truly as Mr. Hillerman describes them, the book, although fiction, will surely make many readers want to just vote out the whole group of politicians and bureaucrats and start over.


The Man with the Dancing Eyes by Sophie Dahl

A charming little fairytale about love in the modern world, told with a poetic, old-fashioned voice, which manages to capture and allure throughout its sparsely filled 74 pages.


Due Preparations for the Plague by Janette Turner Hospital

It's a rippling current through a sordid world encased by fear, politics and familial bonds.


Call Me Crazy by Anne Heche

Readers will be hard-pressed to find any sort of narrative, character development, or style in Heche's muddle of self-discovery.


Tuesday, June 3 2003

Twelve by Nick McDonell

There's the triumvirate of violence, sex, and drugs but, ultimately, very little for the reader to get high about.


Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

For starters, forget that Margaret Atwood is known as a novelist.


Kingdom of Fear:  Loathsome Secrets of a Star-Crossed Child in the Final Days of the American Centur

Gee, remember when being 'anti-war' was considered a good thing? Or at least not tantamount to treason? Remember when being questioning, critical, or even contemptuous of authority was not only accepted, it was a part of the American character?"


Fields Away by Sarah Wardle

Wardle plays games with rhyme, resting content with near- or para-rhyme.


Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline

For readers who enjoy a good legal story or suspense tale.


Wednesday, May 21 2003

Why Men Won’t Commit: Getting What You Both Want Without Playing Games by George Weinberg, PhD

Men want permanent monogamous marriages but apparently they act like jerks and behave as if they don't.


Poker Nation by Andy Bellin and Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Ser

A word of warning to the reader: do not expect a book solely about poker.


The Guru of Love by Samrat Uphadyay

Reading the novel, one senses that Uphadyay's mastery lies in his simple writing style.


Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned

Our state of ignorance, blissful or otherwise, is anything but a laughing matter these days.


Wednesday, May 14 2003

Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian Christe

A meticulous book as dense and pummeling as the music it chronicles.


Roughed Up by Simon Sheppard and M. Christian

These stories vibrate with the darker sides of civilization and the animal within, proving there is something valuable here beyond the prurient.


In Defence of Adultery by Julia Copus

Copus is above all a poet of enquiry and careful scrutiny, using conceits of almost metaphysical intensity to trigger the reader's curiosity.


City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican by John Follain

While it makes for good reading loaded with great description, it can definitely been seen as biased, and therefore non-credible.


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