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Men at Play: A Working Understanding of Professional Hockey by Michael Robidoux

The story [Michael Robidoux] presents is shocking, describing the daily life of the average hockey player in a world that relies upon the strict socialization of young Canadian boys, often 13 and 14 years old, into a system run by multibillion-dollar corporations that depend upon young men to skate around on fake ice and physically beat the crap out of each other.


Labyrinth of Desire:  Women, Passion and Romantic Obsession by Rosemary Sullivan

Like desire itself, her prose and her message are not always comfortable. They aren't easy to hear, and although she reserves her text for discussion by and for women, it has many implications for everyone who has ever obsessed or desired another.


The Language of Comics: Word and Image Edited by Robin Varnum and Christina T. Gibbons

If comics are words and images together, then logically (Logic? Comics? Together? Dogs driving trucks? Madness!) the words can follow the images (or verse visa) sequentially or 'in the readers head' to make a sequence of 'images.'"


The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld by Christine Wiltz

Norma Wallace and her operations are presented as a historical force that fused crime and punishment, high culture and low culture together during a period of New Orleans history when below the belt was above the law.


The Lantern Bearers by Ronald Frame

Ronald Frame creates an eerie story rapt with betrayal, envy and obsession.


Lester Leaps: The Life and Times of Lester ‘Pres’ Young In by Douglas Henry Daniels- PopMatters Book

He was bop before bop was hip and could swing with the best of them.


Lowell Limpett and Two Short Stories by Ward Just

According to Ward Just, one day he sat down a novelist and got up a playwright. It wasn't really that simple. With 'Lowell Limpett', Ward Just makes it seem that way.


Looking For Poetry: Poems by Carlos Drummond de Andrade and Rafael Alberti, with Songs from the Quec

We see a pretty fair representation of the urges and circumstances of our planet in April 2002.


Love Her Madly by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

Has more twists and turns in it than a Texas sidewinder, and just about as much bite and venom, too.


Looking For Andrew McCarthy by Jenny Colgan

Similarities to 'Bridget Jones' are plentiful.


The Late Great Johnny Ace And The Transition From R&B To Rock ‘n’ Roll by James M. Salem

Johnny Ace's influence on the development of American music was, if not quite as seismic as Elvis Presley's, an essential element in the creation of the musical revolution of the mid-Fifties.


Liberty’s Excess by Lidia Yuknavitch

The body is Yuknavitch's medium, and she puts it through its paces here. Her most powerful stories subject their protagonists to extremes of delight and torment -- when these characters feel, they feel in spades.


Kamikaze Lust by Lauren Sanders

Forging identities is seductive, but in the end it's a zero-sum game, unless one is willing to weld the new persona to the old circumstances, a point Lauren Sanders makes eloquently and insightfully in 'Kamikaze Lust'.


Jerusalem Calling: A Homeless Conscience in a Post-Everything World by Mark Desrosiers

The book combines tweedy rant with engaging memoir to reveal a refreshingly cynical, cloyingly elitist, and analytically Marxist point of view.


John Huston: Interviews by Robert Emmet Long

Huston is revealed as a seamless whole, tough guy and gentleman of culture, one of the last of the Renaissance Men.


I Almost Killed George Burns!  And Other Gut-Splitting Tales From the World’s Greatest Comedy Event

Explains how humor is manufactured, packaged, and delivered to the masses.


The Iowa Award: The Best Stories, 1991 - 2000 by Frank Conroy

Reading this book, it is easy to imagine a world where good writing sells, where the notion of story reigns supreme, and where the artful gesture is appreciated, even coveted.


In Our Own Words: A Generation Defining Itself by Marlow Peerse Weaver, ed.

...calls upon writers all over the world born between the years 1960 and 1982 to express the thoughts, hopes, fears, and concerns of 'Generation X', now that they're old enough to qualify for nostalgia.


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