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The Push Man and Other Stories by Yoshihiro Tatsumi

While there are no fantastical elements present in Tatsumi's stories, the overall sense of dread and undisguised revulsion at the human condition which pervade his worldview are strong enough to evoke the most horrific of reactions.

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18 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Mission to America by Walter Kirn

The novel's main problem is that Kirn lacks the right touch for this kind of material.

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17 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Shalimar the Clown by Salman Rushdie

Though Rushdie is rigid in his opinions, he is not judgmental when it comes to his characters.

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Contrary to Popular Belief by Joey Green

These kind of books are always fun, especially when they take on those most misunderstood of communal realities -- the urban legend.

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12 Oct 2005 // 1:00 AM

Darkwitch Rising: Book Three of the Troy Game by Sara Douglass

Douglass' writing contains a neutrality that resists forcing the readers into believing in the good or evil of her characters.

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It’s Called a Breakup Because it’s Broken: The Smart Girl’s Breakup Buddy by Greg Behrendt and Amiir

Behrendt's latest offers the same obnoxious bottom-line as the first: You may be a superfox, but all of us are desperate losers just dying for love and approval.

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The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists by Neil Strauss

The world's greatest pickup artists, who can have their pick of any female, damage their brotherhood over a woman.

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The Flavor of our Faith: Reflections on Hispanic Life and Christian Faith by Karen Valentin with Rev

The Hispanic/Anglo issues addressed by Valentin contain universal cultural themes.

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Stars of David: Prominent Jews Talk About Being Jewish by Abigail Pogrebin

Wieseltier condemns the a la carte Judaism of those who choose what aspect of the religion they like and leave the rest behind and considers those people incompetent because they don't bother to learn what they don't know.

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Dean and Me (A Love Story) by Jerry Lewis and James Kaplan

Lewis does not blame his partner for the inevitable and bitter break-up in 1956. Instead, he makes it very clear that the separation was almost all his idea.

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Shakespeare: The Biography by Peter Ackroyd

Seemingly no kernel of isolated trivia or controversial factoid is small enough to escape the author's notice.

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Star Struck by Pamela Anderson

There's something subtly depressive about the laundry list way that Anderson catalogs Star's life as if afflicted with something like the tit job version of ennui.

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The Saints’ Guide to Happiness: Practical Lessons in the Life of the Spirit by Robert Ellsberg

Ellsberg's saints teach us sadness is not the opposite of happiness, but a part of it.

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Turn That Down!: A Hysterical History of Rock, Roll, Pop, Soul, Punk, Funk, Rap, Grunge, Motown, Met

Lewis Grossberger is many things, but a historian he ain't.

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Powerful Medicines: The Benefits, Risks, and Costs of Prescription Drugs by Jerry Avorn, MD

Powerful Medicines is an expert's look at the problems behind how medications are studied, approved, marketed, and prescribed in the United States.

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Mastering the Universe: He-Man and the Rise and Fall of a Billion-Dollar Idea by Roger Sweet and Dav

What Skeletor failed to do, corporate mismanagement accomplished in months. He-Man was effectively dead.

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How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship & Musical Theater by Marc Acito

Edward is not a fish out of water or a struggling outsider concentrating on his differences, as it seems every adolescent in contemporary literature is. He feels very at home with his friends and has no shortage of self-esteem.

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How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World:  A Short History of Modern Delusions by Francis Wheen

How Mumbo Jumbo Conquered the World is no mere catalog of silliness and superstition for the amusement of the learned bourgeoisie -- rather it is a powerful jeremiad against the very foundations of modern society.

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Don’t Kiss Them Good-bye by Allison Dubois

The problem with DuBois's book is that exploration of this miraculous and otherworldly gift is lost amid a confused, unfocused work that can't decide if it's a memoir, self-help book, or a book of advice for potential psychics.

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20 Sep 2005 // 1:00 AM

Tyrant by Valerio Massimo Manfredi

In Tyrant, the pulleys and winches of Manfredi's fictional techniques are embarrassingly visible right from the start.

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