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16 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Deliver Me from Nowhere by Tennessee Jones

Tennessee Jones's piece tells a dramatically different tale than Springsteen's song, but most of these stories simply elaborate upon the originals, filling in back stories and supplying details where the Boss's minimalist approach gave none.

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A View from the Eye of the Storm; Terror and Reason in the Middle East by Haim Harari

The book turns into one of the three basic types of literature dealing with the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, the pro-Israeli diatribe.

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9 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

My Depression: A Picture Book by Elizabeth Swados

This can be a tricky audience to write for; after all, they'll just stop reading the book if it's too, well, depressing.

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9 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Home Land by Sam Lipsyte

The loser, writing about a loser, wins. How life affirming is that?"

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Delaying the Real World: A Twentysomething’s Guide to Seeking Adventure by Colleen Kinder

I have to wonder how much experience Kinder has in doing any of the things she suggests in this book.

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Barney’s Crew by Sean Carswell

Carswell concerns himself more with substance than style, and shrugs off the desire to seek out fame and fortune.

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Ticknor: A Novel by Sheila Heti

Sheila Heti is the next big thing being primed to come out of the Canadian literary scene.

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Searching for the Sound: My Life with the Grateful Dead by Phil Lesh

From the idealistic Heaven of that three-day music festival to the chaotic inferno created at the hands of some of Hell's own 'Angels', these sequences literally vibrate off the page.

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The Mutt: How to Skateboard without Killing Yourself by Rodney Mullen with Sean Mortimer

Skateboarding's like indie films or Nine Inch Nails fans: lots of flakes to wade through, but some truly interesting faces in there as well.

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3 May 2005 // 12:00 AM

Casanova in Bolzano by Sándor Márai

Márai writes of subjects we may have exhausted over coffee or tequila, but haven't quite figured out: what it means to love, to lust, and to live.

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Born Losers: A History of Failure in America by Scott A. Sandage

Scott A. Sandage reminds us of an age-old fault even more despicable than being broke: to lack ambition in an America where 'berry picking was a higher crime than bankruptcy.'"

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25 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Winslow in Love by Kevin Canty

She never becomes much more than a cipher for Winslow's waning desires and advancing age-- part muse, part male fantasy, but very little character.

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The Ultimate Guide to Chick Flicks: The Romance, the Glamour, the Tears, and More! by Kim Adelman

Where are Lisa Cholodenko, Sofia Coppola, and countless other writers and directors who assume and reveal the complexity of people and their situations.

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No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam by Reza Aslan

You don't read No God But God. You face a struggle between the text, your personal opinions, and what little you know about Islam.

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25 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson

If any of these scenarios intrigue you, Atkinson has already done the easiest part of her job.

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25 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

A Changed Man by Francine Prose

Vincent Nolan's act is a convincing one; one that even he begins to believe the more he preaches it.

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19 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Runny Babbit: A Billy Sook by Shel Silverstein

The joke does, of course, wear thin, but Silverstein's poems are smarter and more robust to rely entirely on this gimmick.

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A Portrait of Yo Mama as a Young Man by Andrew Barlow and Kent Roberts

The problem with the decontextualization of the yo mama joke is that the fun of yo mama snaps has always been the interplay between the joker and the jokee.

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19 Apr 2005 // 12:00 AM

Frankland: A Novel by James Whorton Jr.

One could say that John Tolley possesses a prevalent characteristic of modern times -- the preoccupation with celebrity, especially those notorious for their exploits.

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Drift: Poems by Kevin Connolly

What separates Connolly from the pack, however, is that the guy can also be very, very funny.

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