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12 Jul 2006 // 2:00 AM

The Book of Trouble by Ann Marlowe

For priding ourselves on being so advanced in comparison to what we view as outdated ways of love -- arranged marriage and traditional housewives -- there's a lot of discontent.

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11 Jul 2006 // 2:00 AM

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

Berg is such a marvelous writer than she can keep you eagerly reading on for 150-plus pages even when the plot arc is a flat line.

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American Taxation, American Slavery by Robin Einhorn

By forcefully and persuasively offering a new interpretation of American history, Robin Einhorn has provided the raw material upon which popularizers in the mass media can build. Let us hope they do.

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7 Jul 2006 // 2:00 AM

Once in a Lifetime by Gavin Newsham

In recounting the team's rise to prominence, Newsham mixes in numerous pop culture and historical references that help place this moment in time.

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The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, PhD

It is so tastefully informative, well-written, and kindly, that you feel like you're having a cup of tea with a brilliant friend who studies the varieties of sociopathy the way one might memorize every breed of rose.

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5 Jul 2006 // 2:00 AM

Laurel Canyon by Michael Walker

Does anyone who might be interested in this book need a lengthy recitation of the Woodstock or Altamont festivals, and their subsequent psychological impact?

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29 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Husband by Dean Koontz

After you demand that evil be given an uppercase E, what do you do next, agitate for a more Gothic font?"

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28 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont

In The Chinatown Death Cloud Peril, Paul Malmont turns the era's best known pulp writers, Walter Gibson and Lester Dent, into the stuff of their books -- crime-fighting, risk-taking heroes who must work together to save New York's Chinatown from certain destruction.

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27 Jun 2006 // 2:00 AM

Impostor by Bruce Bartlett

One need not share Bartlett's flawed perspective to find his condemnation of the Bush administration persuasive.

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26 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The People’s Republic of Desire by Annie Wang

Is it worth being treated like a second-class citizen [in America], as long as one enjoys unparalleled freedom and an education?"

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The Anti-Oedipus Papers by Felix Guattari

Knowledge is a kindness, but when you approach the unknowable the real work begins.

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Empire of Dirt: The Aesthetics and Rituals of British Indie Music by Wendy Fonarow

When dissected, an indie rock gig isn't all that different from the stereotype of nearly naked dancers circling the fire as they fall into a trance.

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19 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Queen of Babble by Meg Cabot

The blowjob barely affects Lizzie's growth as a character, and it doesn't scintillate. It's just there.

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What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self by Ellyn Spragins (Editor)

Whether you're teenage Maya Angelou or clothing designer Eileen Fisher questioning the benefits of making it alone, your doubts correspond.

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15 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Quipu by Arthur Sze

Sze is ultimately concerned with the most primary of all relationships: that between the mind and the world.

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13 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

Watching Wildlife by Cynthia Chris

Chris analyzes several nature films from this era, a couple of which depicted rape as a 'natural' occurrence in such species as elephant seals and koalas.

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Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald

With a work as dense and as broad in scope as Conspiracy, we are allowed the time for side stories and subplots that are just as compelling as Enron's end.

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8 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

White Shadow by Ace Atkins

Why rush to turn the page when each paragraph is so wonderfully rendered?"

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Hostile Takeover: How Big Money and Corruption Conquered Our Government—and How We Take It Back b

In Hostile Takeover, Sirota points the finger at Corporate America and a bevy of politicians from both parties who are at best, unable to prevent gross corporate profiteering and at worst, lining their pockets with gifts and big campaign donations at citizens' expense.

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6 Jun 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Disappointment Artist by Jonathan Lethem

As the Eggerses and Safran Foers of the literary hype machine take childlike pranksterdom and surreal folk tales to often dazzling, uncharted heights, Lethem writes from a less ambitious but no less affecting point, imbuing well-worn genres with an almost paralyzing intimacy.

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