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12 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Burning Bright by Tracy Chevalier

William Blake stuffed, mounted, museum-ready.

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The Beatles and Philosophy by Michael Baur and Steven Baur [Editors]

Perhaps Lennon's pop-song gibberish happens to have a fluke connection with Hindu philosophy, but it seems irresponsible to make intentional bedfellows of the two.

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11 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Angelica by Arthur Phillips

He said/she said, with a Victorian chill.

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10 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Session by Aaron Petrovich

Petrovich's depiction of the frenzied audience as victims of a "pre-traumatic stress disorder" is cleverly done and well-characterized.

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10 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcon

Loss, love and chance figure into Lost City Radio, the first novel from acclaimed short-story writer Daniel Alarcon.

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9 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Pistol: The Life of Pete Maravich by Mark Kriegel

Mark Kriegel makes a convincing case that the free-form, imagination-driven game played today started with Pistol Pete.

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9 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Grace (Eventually): Thoughts on Faith by Anne Lamott

Anne Lamott's quirky, intimate, outraged-liberal voice has been a breath of fresh air in the sometimes stuffy genre of modern Christian literature.

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The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

When the big firefight finally comes, it's delivered with such killer and off-kilter panache that Elmore Leonard would be envious.

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8 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Diary of Petr Ginz: 1941-1942 by Peter Ginz

A small story of everyday barbarity.

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

Hamid gives us the actions, we create the motives.

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5 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

The Mosaic Crimes by Giulio Leoni

A medieval poet an is unlikely sleuth in The Mosaic Crimes, as odd a thriller as you are likely to come upon.

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4 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Better by Atul Gawande, MD

Instead of handing out a heavy pile of research, he chooses to remains an agile writer, commenting on complex issues through a series of intimate vignettes.

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The Blackest Bird: A Novel of Murder in Nineteenth-Century New York by Joel Rose

Edgar Allan Poe stars in a 19th-century murder mystery.

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Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose

While many of us are proud of reading regularly, voraciously, or eclectically, how many of us really pay close attention to what we read?

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3 Apr 2007 // 9:59 PM

Then We Came to the End by Joshua Ferris

Joshua Ferris's novel feels like a readymade classic of the Great American Office Novel genre.

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Riddled with Life by Marlene Zuk

[Zuk] points out, males in general owe their existence to disease.

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1 Apr 2007 // 10:00 PM

Company by Max Barry

It's a curious blend of a book: a confection that manages to provoke deep reflection; a contrived, superficial novel with something important to say.

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29 Mar 2007 // 10:05 PM

The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid

Two approaches, one literary, the other genre, from Val McDermid and John Banville deliver similar rewards.

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29 Mar 2007 // 9:59 PM

Marc Chagall by Jonathan Wilson

Chagall's dilemma --_ Yiddish culture versus his desire to be a modern artist -- was never resolved.

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Inside the Music of Brian Wilson by Philip Lambert

It's the ultimate in the band A = band B + band C style of music criticism, and it grows old quickly.

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