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Gayle Forman’s ‘Leave Me’ Reminded Me of Erma Bombeck’s Work

Everyone who has ever been married might see some of themselves in this story.

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Thomas Dolby: The Artist and the Intellect

Pop music's most accomplished and misunderstood one-hit wonder tells his compelling story of the rock star who became a Silicon Valley pioneer.

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Spam, Burns, and Bourdain

The Ramones are dead. Black Sabbath is playing their farewell tour. Anthony Bourdain is a doting father. We're getting old. But not too old to cook a great meal.

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Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’ Is No Less Shocking in This Graphic Adaptation

Miles Hyman implicitly connects Jackson's stoning ritual and the reaping of grain; illuminating, perhaps, the interconnection of life and death in both.

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The Strength of “Anatomy of a Song” Is Found in Its diverse and Impressive Group of Interviewees

A self-described “oral history jukebox” gives behind-the-scenes details about popular songs and the historical circumstances that shaped pop culture as we know it.

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‘Remaking the Rust Belt’, Remaking Society

This well-researched historical study examines how the Rust Belt cities of Pittsburgh and Hamilton, Ontario made the transition from the industrial to the postindustrial economy.

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The FAQ On Frank Zappa Gives It To Us Quick and Dirty

If you don't have time to scour every corner of the internet seeking the answers to these questions, Joe Corcelli will do it for you.

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Enthusiastic Dispassion in Eve Babitz’s ‘Slow Days, Fast Company’

Whether these tales are intentionally remote or the projection and appropriations of Babitz’s own afflicted desires, her ability for sagacious detail is never obscured.

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‘Village Atheists’ Engagingly Explores a Persecuted American Minority

Nonbelief in America has enjoyed a certain amount of social progress, thanks to the three men and one woman profiled in Village Atheists.

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Art, Journalism and War in Sarah Glidden’s ‘Rolling Blackouts’

Glidden's use of watercolors is beautifully rendered, creating a consistent visual language throughout that is a pleasure to look at.

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The Power of Created Stories in Ivan Coyote’s ‘Tomboy Survival Guide’

Ivan Coyote's Tomboy Survival Guide is full of well-told tales about growing up transgender in the Yukon.

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Former Cure Man Finds Peace On the Road to Recovery

This volume is more than a day-to-day account of life inside the band: It's the story of how Lol Tolhurst came back from the brink and emerged a fuller man.

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Guy Clark Biography ‘Without Getting Killed or Caught’ Is Worthy of the Late Singer-Songwriter

Anecdotes that peel back the curtain from Clark’s neatly arranged processes really add value to his story.

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Tama Janowitz’s Memoir, ‘Scream’ May Leave You Grumbling

You know you're in trouble when the author has eight dogs and isn't a vet tech.

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‘Television: A Biography’ Showcases How TV Is an Insanely Mutative Beast

David Thomson's lucrative and exhaustive biography of television reminds us that the continuously morphing state of TV matches our increasingly digitally-enhanced society.

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‘Ghostland’ Is Found Where the Line Between Fact and Fiction Becomes Irreparably Blurred

America’s relatively short history is long on ghosts and ghost stories -- "white" ghosts, that is.

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M. R. James’ Ghost Stories Work Eerily Well in This Graphic Fiction Form

Leah Moore and John Reppion deliver thrills and chills in a way that M. R. James would surely have approved of -- in shadows and by degree.

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Former OED Chief Editor’s ‘Word Detective’ Makes for Compelling Reading

Dictionaries: "They are the nasty medicine which you are handed when you display even the slightest ignorance about the meaning of a word." Or so we thought.

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‘The Case of Alan Turing’ Gives the Enigma Project the Graphic Treatment

This treatment focuses not just on the technical matters of encryption, but also on the human factors that may prove decisive in breaking a code.

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‘Brief Histories of Everyday Objects’ Ponders, What’s Up With the Toothbrush?

In comic form, Brief Histories of Everyday Objects puts everyday objects under clever ideological scrutiny.

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