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How Soccer Explains the World: An (Unlikely) Theory of Globalization by Franklin Foer

The truth is that English football supporters were far from the lethal killing machines Foer would have you believe.

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Chaucer: Ackroyd’s Brief Lives by Peter Ackroyd

But we don't remember Chaucer for his contributions to English governance, we remember him as perhaps the single most significant architect of the modern English language.

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The Gods Drink Whiskey: Stumbling Toward Enlightenment in the Land of the Tattered Buddha by Stephen

Asma forces us to examine what areas of faith and secular life are inseparable from our identities, and in so doing he becomes an interesting counterpoint to the normal hero of the travelogue.

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The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

Random House has released a fresh translation of Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain. According to Tim O'Neil, it's the version for the ages.

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Center Square: The Paul Lynde Story by Steve Wilson and Joe Florenski

According to Center Square, two things stood in Lynde's way: alcoholism and homosexuality. Of course, neither of those are necessarily a barrier to success in Hollywood.

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Old Clothes, New Looks: Second Hand Fashion by Alexandra Palmer and Hazel Clark

One of the book's main themes is how the second hand clothing market has provided opportunities for female self-determination, however limited by the silk canopy of patriarchal authority.

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MirrorMask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from The Jim Henson Company by Neil Ga

And so we have the strange situation in which we can peruse at length the full script and storyboards well before we have any chance of seeing the movie itself. It's the ultimate spoiler.

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1 Aug 2005 // 1:00 AM

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

With her astonishing run of the first five books, Rowling's magical thrillers have grown increasingly darker, using deaths in books four and five to really give the story's arc an emotional heft the first trio were thin on.

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Why White Kids Love Hip-Hop: Wankstas, Wiggers, Wannabes and the New Reality of Race in America by B

Just because Kitwana and other outside observers believe that youth in general should be rising up against its misguided elders, unfortunately doesn't mean that such a movement is underway.

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Carl Melcher Goes to Vietnam by Paul Clayton

In this novel, Paul Clayton pulls off the remarkable feat of being resoundingly anti-war yet simultaneously pro-troops.

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Elvis by the Presleys: Intimate Stories from Priscilla Presley, Lisa Marie Presley and Other Family

It's a puzzling decision: these images of banal ephemera simultaneously humanize Elvis and canonize him, treating his possessions as holy objects.

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26 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Lives of Rain by Nathalie Handal

This is a fiercely global poetry, one that requires (and provides) a wide if not particularly thorough knowledge of this planet's cultures.

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A Movie… and a Book by Daniel Wagner

Essentially, A Movie... and a Book is a novel about writing a novel, which in terms of irritating and clichéd artistic gestures, is second only to movies about starving actors written and directed by actors, Garden State not withstanding.

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22 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Rough Guide to Elvis by Paul Simpson

Simpson gives more evidence of Elvis's curious mind by listing selections from Graceland's library: Classics like Melville's Moby Dick, and St. Augustine's City of God, could be found alongside religious hokum like The Scientific Search for Jesus' Face.

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21 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

The Silence Living in Houses by Esther Morgan

These poems are like my football hero Art Monk: they go about their job with a sense of dignity and devotion, without much flash, simply doing the job really, really well.

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The Mexican Masked Wrestler and Monster Filmography by Robert Michael “Bobb” Cotter

One of just three books published about Mexican wrestling films, Cotter's excels in providing the most information and the best laid out history of the genre so far.

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18 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

10:01 by Lance Olsen

Imagine if Ulysses had began with a paragraph like this: 'Leopold Bloom wondered what it would be life if the sum total of the verisimilitude of life and living could be summed up metaphorically in one day, quite coincidentally shaped to provide allegorical parallels to Homer's Odyssey.'"

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15 Jul 2005 // 1:00 AM

‘1215’ Slays Many Mythical Dragons

1215 is a fascinating, entertaining book that explicates one of the most import documents in Western Civilization.

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78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published and 14 Reasons Why It Just Might by Pat Walsh

Walsh's advice is not for the sensitive. He comes out swinging with the very first reason your book will not be published: you have not written it.

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Monkey Business: The True Story of the Scopes Trial by Dr. Marvin Olasky and John Perry

Olasky and Perry feel that creationists got a bad shake in the Scopes trial due to a liberal media bias, and that the time is nigh for a new battle.

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