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Couldn’t Keep it to Myself: Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution, Testimonies f

An inside look at the women behind the bars of a maximum security Connecticut prison, incarcerated for crimes whose breadth spans larceny by embezzlement to homicide in the first degree to manslaughter due to emotional duress.

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6 May 2003 // 12:00 AM

Conrad Veidt on Screen by John T. Soister

The greater pity is that Veidt is not well known today though in the 1920s and 1930s he was considered in the same breath as Lon Chaney and John Barrymore.

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6 May 2003 // 12:00 AM

Blue Hour Carolyn Forche

Offers the fragmented speed of our lives the possibility that we can in fact make sense of ourselves and this world.

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The Perricone Prescription: A Doctor’s 28-Day Programme for Total Body and Face Rejuvenation by Dr.

Presents aging as some kind of illness that needs to be 'cured', rather than a natural process which brings with it maturity.

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Makin’ Toons by Allan Neuwirth

A peek behind the scenes of the 'toon boom' of the late '80s and '90s.

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30 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee

Otto Frank was as complicated and paradoxical as Anne was straightforward and ingenuous.

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Boonville by Robert Mailer Anderson

Charming, gentlemanly, sharp as a tack, and hysterically funny, leaving us with the question: how about a sequel?"

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All Day Permanent Red - War Music Continued by Christopher Logue

Offers a timely and wholly appropriate meditation on the historical recurrence of war as a fundamental human activity.

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23 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Songbook by Nick Hornby

A glorious and long overdue celebration of popular music.

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Perfect I’m Not: Boomer on Beer, Brawls, Backaches, and Baseball by David Wells with Chris Kreski

If this book is brutally honest, if Wells is 'baseball's most beloved badass', I'm beginning to understand the demise of the sport and the lag in ticket sales.

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Legend of a Rock Star: A Memoir: The Last Testament of Dee Dee Ramone by Dee Dee Ramone

Shows us the guy wouldn't quit living and working by and with his own rules.

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23 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murry

[The author] puts his emphasis on the glimpse, the moment when the character has a flash of self-understanding, of self awareness.

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Elizabeth Must Die by Jeremy NeeDLE

Have you ever felt so wrong -- so out of place that your own emotions are painful and hostile? Felt like a freak in your own skin?"

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24: The House Special Subcommittee’s Findings at CTU by Marc Cerasini

Halfway between a novel based on a TV show and a cut-and-paste 'Official Guide.'"

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Things You Should Know by A. M. Homes

[It] bespeaks a surreal, slightly menacing world of private paranoia into which intrudes relentless, threatening forces of randomness, contingency, accident.

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15 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey

[He] spills the deep dark innards of the rehab process in an engaging, unwavering manner.

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The Cinema of Kathryn Bigelow - Hollywood Transgressor by Deborah Jermyn and Sean Redmond

[Bigelow] is a film maker able to transcend the commercial constraints of Hollywood to author her own films in innovative and transgressive ways.

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Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane

It's a jack-in-the-box -- remember to back out of the way when you turn the literary handle.

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8 Apr 2003 // 12:00 AM

Small Town by Lawrence Block

Maybe the author is still too shell-shocked by 9/11 to write his 'real' 9/11 novel.

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Skipping Towards Gomorrah: The Seven Deadly Sins and the Pursuit of Happiness in America by Dan Sava

Sinners, unlike the virtuous, do not attempt to impose their definition of happiness on others.

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