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18 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Society of Others by William Nicholson

The novel unintentionally answers one of modern literature's most puzzling questions: What if the characters in Generation X actually had to do something?"

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18 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

How We Are Hungry by Dave Eggers

The book is infused with the hope that travel can be revelatory and monumental; also hanging over these stories, however, is the depressing realization that you cannot run from your problem.

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18 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Colonel’s Dream by Charles W. Chesnutt

The novel is a literary treat in its examination of Southern culture and northern industrialism, the fall of the Southern aristocracy and the rise of a new middle class.

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Black Hat: Misfits, Criminals, and Scammers in the Internet Age by John Biggs

It's partly a technical book, partly a detective novel, and partly a sociological treatise.

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11 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Year is ‘42 by Nella Bielski

Bielski no doubt invokes Dostoevsky because he is literature's finest chronicler of the human conscience in revolt.

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Truth or Dare: A Book of Secrets Shared by Justine Picardie

This is less about confession, and more about who these writers are and how they got that way.

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11 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

Devil in the Details by Jennifer Traig

Traig paints a strangely colorful and flippant picture of a life with a host of serious mental and physical problems.

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The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje

Murch's example reveals how art is actively created through engagement with raw materials, which are transformed, for good or bad, into the stuff of dreams.

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4 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

New Cinematographers by Alexander Ballinger

Ballinger opens up the roles a director of photographer must assume on a movie set, letting others in on the sometimes cumbersome but richly rewarding craft of cinematography.

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Kin: New Fiction by Black and Asian Women by Karen McCarthy

McCarthy destabilizes conventional definitions of 'family' by suggesting socially rather than biologically defined kin relations. She presses readers to challenge pedestrian conceptions of the very word.

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4 Jan 2005 // 1:00 AM

I Am a Red Dress by Anna Camilleri

It's more than a story of incest and its aftermath; it's a study of one woman's search for identity in an environment in which all the traditional building blocks of the self have been broken apart.

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The Cult of Personality: How Personality Tests Are Leading Us to Miseducate Our Children, Mismanage

It wouldn't be so distressing if these tests simply existed innocuously in their own little pocket of American life; the reality of it is that they find their way into nearly every aspect of how we live our lives publicly.

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14 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Saint Morrissey by Mark Simpson

Morrissey is loved because he feels unloved. His followers revel helplessly in the romanticized hyperbole of self-pity.

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The Rise of Fashion: A Reader by Daniel Leonhard Purdy

In many respects, the fashion debate is a product of the emergence of modern culture and its various forms of accommodation and resistance.

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14 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Exuberance: The Passion for Life by Kay Redfield Jamison

This is a book about risk-takers and nature-lovers, the vain and the brilliant and the assertive, those who know what it is to feel musical bliss, religious ecstasy, and love fulfilled.

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Da Capo Best Music Writing 2004 by Mickey Hart

Its annual publication is an act of canon formation, proclaiming what writers and topics are worth remembering and what constitutes 'good' in either music or its critical examination.

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Dreaming in the Rain: How Vancouver Became Hollywood North by Northwest by David Spaner

How, exactly, do you define a movie as being 'distinctly Canadian,' and once you've defined it, how do you manage to make it?"

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The Wilco Book (Book + CD) by Wilco

It's clear to see that without this kind of playful exploration to rein back for their song-based work, Wilco might not be Wilco.

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Sun Tzu Was a Sissy: Conquer Your Enemies, Promote Your Friends, and Wage the Real Art of War by Sta

In Bing's world, only loved ones are entitled to the smallest sliver of loyalty; everyone else is the enemy. And in Bing's world, you crush the enemy.

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7 Dec 2004 // 1:00 AM

Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer by Warren St. John

Suddenly, the prospect of being in a locked room listening to Doris Kearns Goodwin discuss the Red Sox doesn't sound all so bad.

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