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Falling Room by Eli Hastings

Hastings has written a much more interesting memoir than his self-described "angst-ridden, infantile leftist lens" might lead one to expect.

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The Illustrated Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, illustrations by Dame Darcy

Darcy could not have better portrayed this moment of recognition, the moment when Jane fully grasps, for the first time, the concept of sin and all it entails.

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2 Oct 2006 // 12:00 AM

Cursed From Birth by David Ohle

He fills an entire page with the single word "pain," adding at the very end, "and in hospitals you learn to, Hate, Hate ..."

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My Freshman Year by Rebekah Nathan

It's a shame that this book is so disappointing, because Nathan/Small is right about its need.

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28 Sep 2006 // 1:00 AM

Persian Fire by Tom Holland

Holland manages to synthesize the scope and emotion of his classical sources without sacrificing an iota of historical stringency.

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A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian by Marina Lewycka

[It is] about using the roots of one family's persistent psychodrama to view the greater crisis of war, power, and national/cultural upheaval.

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26 Sep 2006 // 2:00 AM

Small Acts of Sex and Electricity by Lise Haines

Try as she might, Haines can't write about sex in either an arousing or thought-provoking way, and Small Acts feels stagnant, rather than electric.

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Housekeeping vs. The Dirt by Nick Hornby

Hornby seems unable to decide if this is a serious book about reading, or a light-hearted diary for his friends and fans, to be taken with a pinch of salt.

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22 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

My Fathers War by Paul West

For writer Paul West, the connections between the two world wars of the last century transcend the likes of a train car at Compiegne and

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21 Sep 2006 // 11:59 PM

TV a-Go-Go by Jake Austen

According to author Jake Austen, televised rock music is in some ways an impossible combination ... and one that he absolutely adores. Rock music is essentially “

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21 Sep 2006 // 11:58 PM

Singing Cowboys and Musical Mountaineers by Bill C. Malone

When it comes to tracing the roots of American music, there’s just no place like the South: jazz, rhythm & blues, rock ‘n’ roll,

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21 Sep 2006 // 11:57 PM

Clever Maids by Valerie Paradiz

Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm were prolific German scholars, yet the work they are best known for, the one that will eternally bear their name was

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The Mystery Guest by Grégoire Boullier, translated by Lorin Stein

The book is a rant, in a manner, though humanely short and composed with impeccable precision and grace.

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20 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Syringa Tree by Pamela Gien

As a grown-up Lizzie must learn, one's childhood can never be abandoned, one's home and family never truly rejected.

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Philosophy of New Music by Theodor Adorno; Translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor

For Adorno, the opiate of the masses in late capitalism was not religion, but culture, and mass-produced culture was little more than a drug that served no other capacity than the reification and perpetuation of the dominance of capital -- culture as product that could only produce more product as culture.

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The Road by Cormac McCarthy

McCarthy takes a style that's always had a tilt towards the gothic and gives it free reign as he follows a father and son diligently struggling across a blasted and dead countryside that seems to have once been America.

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My Life as a Furry Red Monster by Kevin Clash with Gary Brozek

The book's overall cheery tone was somewhat marred for me by Clash's reluctance to say anything negative about television and children, a hot topic in educational and psychological circles.

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13 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Chris Marker by Nora M. Alter

With sprawlingly ambitious movies like these to his credit, it's ironic that Marker's best-known film is La Jetee, a 28-minute short composed almost entirely of still photos.

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Remember Me by Lisa Takeuchi Cullen

With caskets being sold at Costco and FuneralDepot.com, with cremation becoming all the rage, and with the Internet offering custom funerals, does anyone actually still get buried in the old-fashioned way?

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11 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Last Days of Dead Celebrities by Mitchell Fink

[It] sidesteps sensationalism and hype to focus on the small but revealing details of these 15 stars' final hours.

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