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Wednesday, April 23 2003

Songbook by Nick Hornby

A glorious and long overdue celebration of popular music.


Perfect I’m Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball by David Wells with Chris Kreski

If this book is brutally honest, if Wells is 'baseball's most beloved badass', I'm beginning to understand the demise of the sport and the lag in ticket sales.


Legend of a Rock Star: A Memoir: The Last Testament of Dee Dee Ramone by Dee Dee Ramone

Shows us the guy wouldn't quit living and working by and with his own rules.


A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murry

[The author] puts his emphasis on the glimpse, the moment when the character has a flash of self-understanding, of self awareness.


Elizabeth Must Die by Jeremy NeeDLE

Have you ever felt so wrong -- so out of place that your own emotions are painful and hostile? Felt like a freak in your own skin?"


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.


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