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You Suck by Christopher Moore

Sometimes when authors throw a bone to their fans, it sucks the life right out of the stories. That's far from the case for Christopher Moore, who manages to draw a lot of vitality out of some undead characters here.

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25 Mar 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

Bookish The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay keeps the pages turning.

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22 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Christine Falls by Benjamin Black

Man Booker Prize-winner John Banville offers his first crime novel.

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Praying for Gil Hodges by Thomas Oliphant

In his tender memoir, Praying for Gil Hodges, Thomas Oliphant shows that the most powerful baseball stories don't always make national headlines.

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22 Mar 2007 // 1:00 AM

The Rough Guide to Westerns by Paul Simpson

Every time you think the western has bitten the dust at last, a new one scores an unexpected hit.

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21 Mar 2007 // 10:59 PM

The Virgin of Flames by Chris Abani

In The Virgin of Flames, the Nigerian-born novelist -- who's also a poet with a new collection, Hands Washing Water -- sets another story of a protagonist coming to grips with his own identity in a multicultural milieu.

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20 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Lincolns Smile and Other Enigmas by Alan Trachtenberg

Essayist Alan Trachtenberg explores act, art of seeing in Lincoln's Smile.

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20 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

With respect for Picoult's demonstrated talent and past successes, I must say there are inconsistencies and bloopers throughout her book.

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Dreaming of Gwen Stefani by Evan Mandery

Are we robots? Does true love exist? Why are we here?

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Working Stiff by Grant Stoddard

Lurking beneath the details of sploshing and the etiquette of pants-optional bridge is a straightforward memoir about a small-town boy moving to the big city.

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15 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

The Curtain: An Essay in Seven Parts by Milan Kundera

The Curtain continues a form Kundera embarked on in The Art of the Novel: lovely, meandering observations on the genre to which he's consecrated his life, with echoes, fresh insights, and -- one must acknowledge -- repetitions of things past.

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Survival of the Sickest by Dr. Sharon Moalem with Jonathan Prince

Outside of the fantasies of House, identifying yourself as a "medical maverick" is usually a signal of quackery.

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14 Mar 2007 // 11:00 PM

Strange Piece of Paradise by Terri Jentz

Two books -- both finalists for the National Book Critics Award -- remind me that our actions are often beyond our control. We may no longer be hostage to the whims of capricious gods or brutal totalitarian states, but what about the power of our own inscrutable minds?

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After 9/11, many Americans acted as though this region of the Middle East, with its Arab people and some religion called Islam had sprung up out of the sandy soil to surprise us all.

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Freuds Wizard: by Brenda Maddox

The biography left me wondering how many pioneering intellectuals have been dismissed for exhibiting behavior we now consider inappropriate.

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The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books by J. Peder Zane (Editor)

Some of the best-known writers of our times contribute to a compilation of all-time favorite books.

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11 Mar 2007 // 10:00 PM

Forty-Five: Poems by Frieda Hughes

Daughter of poets Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes faces midlife with art in Forty-Five.

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You Dont Love Me Yet by Jonathan Lethem

Lethem doesn't push the novel toward much of a plot with any sense of urgency, as though he'd left the manuscript baking in the Los Angeles sun.

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A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

Ishmael Beah leads a harrowing journey into the heart of Sierra Leone's bloody civil war.

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John Osborne: The Many Lives of the Angry Young Man by John Heilpern

Heilpern's biography of the playwright who radically changed British theater overnight in 1956 with Look Back in Anger is a model of what a literary biography ought to be -- the story of a life, not the inventory of one.

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