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Tuesday, June 3 2003

Fields Away by Sarah Wardle

Wardle plays games with rhyme, resting content with near- or para-rhyme.


Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline

For readers who enjoy a good legal story or suspense tale.


Wednesday, May 21 2003

Why Men Won’t Commit: Getting What You Both Want Without Playing Games by George Weinberg, PhD

Men want permanent monogamous marriages but apparently they act like jerks and behave as if they don't.


Poker Nation by Andy Bellin and Positively Fifth Street: Murderers, Cheetahs, and Binion’s World Ser

A word of warning to the reader: do not expect a book solely about poker.


The Guru of Love by Samrat Uphadyay

Reading the novel, one senses that Uphadyay's mastery lies in his simple writing style.


Don’t Know Much About History: Everything You Need to Know About American History but Never Learned

Our state of ignorance, blissful or otherwise, is anything but a laughing matter these days.


Wednesday, May 14 2003

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.


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.


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.


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.


Tuesday, May 6 2003

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Wednesday, April 30 2003

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.


Makin’ Toons by Allan Neuwirth

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


The Hidden Life of Otto Frank by Carol Ann Lee

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


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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