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Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal by Ian Christe

A meticulous book as dense and pummeling as the music it chronicles.

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Roughed Up by Simon Sheppard and M. Christian

These stories vibrate with the darker sides of civilization and the animal within, proving there is something valuable here beyond the prurient.

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In Defence of Adultery by Julia Copus

Copus is above all a poet of enquiry and careful scrutiny, using conceits of almost metaphysical intensity to trigger the reader's curiosity.

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City of Secrets: The Truth Behind the Murders at the Vatican by John Follain

While it makes for good reading loaded with great description, it can definitely been seen as biased, and therefore non-credible.

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The Organ Donor by Matthew Warner

Warner takes his research and formulates a riveting story, a horror thriller fit for the most ardent fan of the genre. It's about harvesting organs and executing political prisoners according to a waiting (and cash carrying) recipient's need.

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Enough: Staying Human in an Engineered Age by Bill McKibben

His purpose is to spark public debate before we go further down a road we will surely come to wish we had never traveled.

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6 May 2003 // 1:00 AM

Crumbtown by Joe Connelly

There's bad luck, rotten luck and then there's 'crumbluck' -- the brand of luck that seems something less than random, something closer to fate.

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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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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 // 1:00 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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