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Tuesday, April 15 2003

24: The House Special Subcommittee’s Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini

Halfway between a novel based on a TV show and a cut-and-paste 'Official Guide.'"


Things You Should Know by A. M. Homes

[It] bespeaks a surreal, slightly menacing world of private paranoia into which intrudes relentless, threatening forces of randomness, contingency, accident.


A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

[He] spills the deep dark innards of the rehab process in an engaging, unwavering manner.


The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow - Hollywood Transgressor by Deborah Jermyn and Sean Redmond

[Bigelow] is a film maker able to transcend the commercial constraints of Hollywood to author her own films in innovative and transgressive ways.


Tuesday, April 8 2003

Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

It's a jack-in-the-box -- remember to back out of the way when you turn the literary handle.


Small Town by Lawrence Block

Maybe the author is still too shell-shocked by 9/11 to write his 'real' 9/11 novel.


Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America by Dan Sava

Sinners, unlike the virtuous, do not attempt to impose their definition of happiness on others.


Our Story: 77 Hours Underground by The Quecreek Miners, as told to Jeff Goodell

The story reveals an extraordinary and untapped subculture of modern day coal miners and their families.


The benchmark of a 20th century lesbian feminist scholar who acknowledges the healing nature of narrative.


The Miracles of Santo Fico by D. L Smith

A wry and whimsical comedy of errors in which human foibles and the providential hand of fate mysteriously combine to create happy accidents.


The Good, the Bad and the Inevitable by Barbara Holborow

She is of the opinion . . . that some young offenders cannot be saved, no matter how severe the punishment or how tight the hug.


Wednesday, April 2 2003

101 Poems That Could Save Your Life: An Anthology of Emotional First Aid by Daisy Goodwin

Despite the variety of emotional ailments they address, it is done so with a general monotony of procedure and voice.


Naked at Work and Other Fears: How to Stay Sane When Your Job Drives You Crazy by Paul Hellman

Just because your boss grunted at you does not mean he hates you and is about to fire you . . . he may just be having a bad day.


Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh

Like a surgeon, [the author] cuts to the bone of what makes love between two people such an elusive, baffling, frustrating, contradictory, confounding sort of thing.


Important Things That Don’t Matter by David Amsden

The plot is pure pop culture -- coming of age, learning about sex, going through puberty, and defining family in whatever functional/dysfunctional terms fit.


Glory Goes and Gets Some by Emily Carter

The reader is softly insinuated into a world where everything slips out of kilter.


The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

The characters are believable, the fictional premise intriguing, and it has two major components to insure sales -- the Knights Templar and the search for the Holy Grail.


Bandits & Bibles:  Convict Literature in Nineteenth-Century America by Larry E. Sullivan

It captures [an] era when bad guys wore black and good women fell for them.


Wednesday, March 19 2003

Pandora’s Handbag: Adventures in the Book World by Elizabeth Young

Elizabeth Young is ultimately a book lover's reviewer rather than a conventional industry hack.


A Plague of Frogs; Unraveling an Environmental Mystery by William Souder

Frogs are supposed to be a 'sentinel species' . . . If frogs are doing badly, we have reason to be anxious.


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