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Silent in the Grave by Deanna Raybourn

The quest for the true cause of Sir Edward's death takes the reader into some truly dark territory. We have a come a long way since "the butler did it".

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30 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Edwin Arlington Robinson: A Poets Life by Scott Donaldson

Donaldson sets out to rescue Robinson from his detractors and his admirers alike.

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Wall Street Noir by Peter Spiegelman [Editor]

For desperate acts, psychosexual kinks, and a pervasive sense of fatalism, there are better places to look than the office of a CFO.

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Gertrude Bell: Queen of the Desert, Shaper of Nations by Georgina Howell

Exploring the life of an adventurer who broke the mold of the Victorian-era woman.

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On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan

The precise nature of McEwan's writing fortunately doesn't leave him scrabbling about looking for gentle euphemisms when it comes to talking about the naughty bits.

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The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story behind the Original Film by Jonathan W. Rinzler

A hefty, and pricy, art book crammed with newly unearthed interviews

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24 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Nirvana by Everett True

One of the author's major assertions, expressed through quotes of others, is that Nirvana remains a powerful entity owing much to the fact that Kurt Cobain is gone.

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24 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

Up in Honeys Room by Elmore Leonard

Leonard's novels give you a better feel for America than any of the brooding fictional meditations on the emptiness of suburbia come close to doing.

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Ill Sleep When Im Dead: The Dirty Life and Times of Warren Zevon by Crystal Zevon

Warren Zevon's ex-wife portrays him as a genius -- and a tyrant.

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New Cultural Studies by Gary Hall and Clare Birchall [Editors]

As a discipline, it's a bit like a sandwich left out for an hour; you come back to it, and it's already stale.

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23 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Lizard Cage by Karen Connelly

Noble story of imprisoned dissident, young orphan fills The Lizard Cage.

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22 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey by Chuck Palahniuk

Chuck Palahniuk's new book is a novel, of course, but it's amazing -- it's written like an oral history, with a complicated matrix of characters and events.

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22 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Mistresss Daughter by A.M. Homes

Adoptee finds she suddenly needs truth when past surfaces in The Mistress's Daughter by A.M. Homes.

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The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy by Sasha Issenberg

Author goes beyond the refrigerator case for the raw story about tuna industry.

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The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon finally unleashes the genre storyspinner who has been lurking inside him all these years.

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Ecology Without Nature by Timothy Morton

If we must forsake the Romantic idea of nature, we must similarly abandon its understanding of art as something to be held on high.

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17 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Jamestown Project by Karen Ordahl Kupperman

All nations need foundation tales. If they don't exist, it's necessary to invent them. And if the real story doesn't play well, foundation myths come in handy. At least until the real story comes back to bite.

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Directed By Steven Spielberg: Poetics of the Contemporary Hollywood Blockbuster by Warren Buckland

An overreaching dissertation that isn't willing to abandon the intellectual to let us in as readers. Even those who think they know film and its many divergent properties will be perplexed.

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Devils in the Sugar Shop by Timothy Schaffert

Ashley herself is a kind of Mrs. Dalloway-manqué, or would be if Mrs. Dalloway wore Concrete Blonde t-shirts.

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16 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Yiddish Policemens Union by Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon writes the best Saul Bellow novel since Saul Bellow died -- antic, droll, brainy, Yiddishy, secular, updated to present-day American -- but with differences that reflect literary times and their discrepant personalities.

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