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2 Jun 2004 // 12:00 AM

Between Two Rivers by Nicholas Rinaldi

After re-experiencing the World Trade Center attacks, there can't fail to be a sense of history in the making, for Rinaldi manages to convey the peculiar fascination of September 11th and its lasting effect on the American consciousness.

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26 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Way Past Legal by Norman Green

What elevates this book far beyond other page-turners is Green's acute understanding of the emotional bonds between people: father and son, husband and wife, boss and subordinate.

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The Last Ride by Denise Young

The author has wants only to champion the self-awareness of some of them rather than challenge their idea that a bad upbringing is a license to be an asshole.

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26 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Dog Fighter by Marc Bojanowski

What separates this book from McCarthy's hopeless bloodbath is that Bojanowski has given us the gift of the narrator's voice.

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18 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

A Red Death by Walter Mosley

Part Chester Himes' flawed hero, part Raymond Chandler's maverick private eye, Easy Rawlins is a complex, engaging and lean creation.

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18 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Hopeful Monsters by Hiromi Goto

Goto's explorations become more compelling when she links displacement with motherhood and with culture.

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18 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Geese of Beaver Bog by Bernd Heinrich

Heinrich is admittedly tightly bound to the animals he's observing. He cares. He ain't objective and that's not good science.

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The Pornographer’s Poem by Michael Turner

If you're expecting drippy, dewy-eyed Spielbergian schmaltz, or a wistfully nostalgic look back into the bygone days of lost youth, you best look elsewhere.

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The Language of Sharks by Pat MacEnulty

The stories wear their pop culture on their sleeves, critically contrasting with the existential longings expressed by the various characters.

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Hegemony or Survival: America’s Quest for Global Dominance by Noam Chomsky

The world did not suddenly become extraordinarily dangerous on September 11, 2001. What has changed since then is the reinterpretation of basic terms now being used to justify US policies.

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11 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Headless by Benjamin Weissman

The 16 'stories', such as they are, are divided into four sections that explore different aspects of manhood and male sexuality in an endlessly frustrating and facile manner.

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Strangers: Homosexual Love in the Nineteenth Century by Graham Robb

With the recent brouhaha over the latest actions taken to legalize gay marriage and the conservative Right's counteractions to ban such unions, it's surprising to learn that there were advocates of gay marriage within the church over a hundred years ago.

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4 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Project X by Jim Shepard

But somewhere through the decades, teenagers stubbed out their cigarettes and traded fast cars for Kalashnikovs.

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Naked: Writers Uncover the Way We Live on Earth by Susan Zakin

Nature-centered writing has degenerated into stories about rare animals or exotic places, a niche market of upscale Baby Boomers. It is written by folks who've sworn off deodorant or humor or both.

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4 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

The Book Against God by James Wood

For all those writers who got rather stinky reviews from James Wood, I'm sorry to say that you should stop holding your breath and hoping for the worst, because Wood's first novel, The Book Against God, is finely crafted.

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4 May 2004 // 12:00 AM

Acquainted with the Night by Paul Raeburn

As the book reveals itself to a sad portrait of a disintegrating family, the real story becomes as muddled for the reader as it seems to be for Raeburn himself.

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27 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

A Ship Made of Paper by Scott Spencer

Spencer's novel has been billed as a love story, and while that is the heart of the plot, his character development is so complex as to outstretch the trappings of one singular romance.

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The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe

Just like Oprah has her vested interests in promoting a certain style of literature, the CBC Radio panel appears to have picked an overlooked book with which everyone would find some familiarity.

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Everyone Comes to Elaine’s by A. E. Hotchner

Henry Kissinger once said that the best thing about celebrity is that when you bore people, they think it's their fault. But what happens if celebrities bore each other?"

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27 Apr 2004 // 12:00 AM

Dreamland by Newton Thornburg

Any redeeming corruption, sleaze and seduction of California in Thornburg's hands fails to sustain any kind of punch.

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