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The Long Silence of Mario Salviati by Etienne van Heerden

Carefully and meticulously, van Heerden chronicles the notion of apartheid and its effect the inhabitants of Yearsonend.

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The Honey Gatherers: A Book of Love Poems by Maura Dooley

The best love poetry (and there's a lot of it in this book) achieves this mingling of the solid and the intellectual.

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19 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Unknown Quantity by Paul Virilio

A work of mourning -- mourning for a humanity, an earth which has lost control through globalisation, through the irresponsibility of power-crazy politicians and businessmen.

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19 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

She’s Not There by Mary-Anne Tirone Smith

It is sparkling, sophisticated and heady -- and more than a little addictive.

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Our Votes, Our Guns: Robert Mugabe and the Tragedy of Zimbabwe by Martin Meredith

An intense extrapolation of the crises that have sullied Zimbabwe over the last three decades.

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Old Gods Almost Dead: The 40-Year Odyssey of the Rolling Stones by Stephen Davis

Deserves a spot on every bookshelf (Stones fan, or no Stones fan). And to the gentlemen of the Rolling Stones we have this to say: Thanks, and for our sake, please keep rockin'.

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19 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Fall by Simon Mawer

Has little to do with mountain climbing and a lot to do with the general situation of humankind.

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Underground USA: Filmmaking beyond the Hollywood Canon, Edited by Xavier Mendik and Steven Jay Schne

Hollywood moulded some of the most promising filmmakers into mainstream clones.

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Sifting Through the Madness for the Word, the Line, the Way by Charles Bukowski

'Regular people' can read and appreciate Bukowski. I doubt scholars will find a distinct identity in each successive volume of his posthumous work, but that doesn't seem terribly unusual to me.

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Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro by Jeff Guinn

Records the tale of a people who are at the intersection of the two groups most terrorized and abused during American's colonial and post-colonial history.

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12 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

Ignorance by Milan Kundera

The story is interesting in the cultural context the author provides but, ultimately, it fails to satisfy on a deeper level.

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12 Feb 2003 // 12:00 AM

I Want That!: How We All Became Shoppers by Thomas Hine

As I sit here in a fabulous new pair of striped, sparkly, 1972 polyester pants and a furry-collared shirt with dachshunds racing across the sleeves, I wonder what my shopping habits say about me in the context of these words from cultural critic Thomas Hine's newest book.

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Genuine Authentic: The Real Life of Ralph Lauren by Michael Gross

It doesn't really matter whether you believe he's a fashion genius or the world's luckiest tie salesman, because anyone who has read the book on Ralph Lauren knows that he's both, in addition to something else: an ice-cold businessman with a heart of steel.

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The Bitch in the House: 26 Women Tell the Truth about Sex, Solitude, Work, Motherhood, and Marriage

The bottom line is: at this moment in history, a somber one, to say the least, when there are so many serious global and national issues and egregious injustices to be addressed, does the American woman really want to be bitching (yes, bitching) about who does the dishes.

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22 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Valentine by Lucius Shepard

Shepard doesn't embarrass himself with the steamy stuff here.

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22 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

The Skeptic: A Life of H.L. Mencken by Terry Teachout

Mencken the newspaper columnist was stirring the pot of American culture.

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The Life and Death of the Planet Earth: How the New Science of Astrobiology Charts the Ultimate Fate

Life is so unusual in this wilderness we call the universe that we might as well think of it as unique.

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Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles B. Cross

He desired nothing more than to be a rock star.

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22 Jan 2003 // 12:00 AM

Hex by Carol Rumens

Prayer is both necessary as a palliative, and impossible as a luxury, an indulgence implicitly no longer available to us.

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The Founding Fish by John McPhee

So, how did a worrisome lot of silver-white fish save a nation?"

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