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Edmund and Rosemary Go to Hell by Bruce Eric Kaplan

No one wants to see BEK turn into Lynn Johnston.

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Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver

Kingsolver's family eating plan to eat only local food did not include: Little Debbie snack cakes, tubes of convenience store salted cashews, and bananas, which eliminates banana pudding, which pretty much eliminates the point of living in the South.

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Religious Literacy: What Every American Needs to Know—and Doesnt by Stephen Prothero

Religious Literacy provides a much-needed breath of fresh air to the ongoing discussion of religion’s role in contemporary culture.

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11 Jun 2007 // 2:00 AM

Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella

Acocella's volume represents the hard word of creativity in the embodiment of a critic's perspective and finds something coherent in the chaos of art.

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7 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

Ralph Ellison: A Biography by Arnold Rampersad

With her Nobel Prize for literature and more impressive corpus, Toni Morrison has already knocked Ellison from his perch as modern American literature's foremost black novelist.

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6 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Last Mrs. Astor: A New York Story by Frances Kiernan

The old elite was not morally superior to the new, but its members carried themselves better. If you want to know more about them, read Edith Wharton.

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5 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

At the Same Time by Susan Sontag

There's an exciting pressure here for artists and writers alike to shake up the status quo, to go under attack.

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Gamer Theory by McKenzie Wark

Gamer Theory concerns itself with more than just the interpretation of video games; it's about gaming ambience -- that is, gamespace -- as the kinetic field within which game players exist.

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4 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

How to Hepburn: Lessons on Living from Kate the Great by Karen Karbo

What Kate could teach us: Author gleans self-help lessons from the life of the screen legend Katharine Hepburn.

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3 Jun 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Strange World of David Lynch by Eric G. Wilson

You read it right, folks: Wilson has written one of that film's most astute descriptions without seeing a single frame.

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3 Jun 2007 // 9:59 PM

Sovereign by C. J. Sansom

C.J. Sansom's richly textured historical thriller Sovereign is set in the 1540s and in the darkening twilight of Henry VIII's grip on power.

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31 May 2007 // 10:00 PM

The Case for Literature by Gao Xingjian

For those of us who find sports boring but literature exciting, an upcoming Olympics brings expectations of a special sort.

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31 May 2007 // 9:59 PM

FDR by Jean Edward Smith

Masterful profile of FDR reminds us of his powerful legacy.

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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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