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Elvis Presley's Unlikely Comeback

Elvis historian Eric Wolfson's 33 1/3 book, Elvis Presley's From Elvis in Memphis, examines perhaps the greatest artistic accomplishment of Elvis' career: a comeback album that reinstated his relevance.

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Hashtags: Can't Live with 'em, Can't Live without 'em

How are humans regulating the internet through hashtags? What kind of algorithms are generating the content in your feeds? Best read Elizabeth Losh's Hashtag.

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Object Lessons' 'Email' May  Already Be Obsolete - That May Be the Point

Before there were dashed-off emails, there were dashed-off postcards. Randy Malamud laments the loss of a romanticized notion of letter writing that few actually practiced in his installment of Bloomsbury's Object Lessons, Email.

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Summer Brennan's 'High Heel' Combines Memoir and Epic Poetry

The lovely cadences in Summer Brennan's High Heel stack up like so many sand castles that sift iconic examples of high heels into a finely grained pile of pros and cons that each reader will sift through quite differently.

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David Ireland's 'Ulster American' Satirizes Oppressive Double Standards

Winner of the coveted Carol Tambor Best of Edinburgh Award in 2018, Ulster American is primed to contribute to societal narratives while lampooning contemporary injustices.

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'Don't Be a Snob' and Other Things I Learned from Anthony Bourdain's 'Les Halles Cookbook'

Les Halles Cookbook isn't so much a narrative as it is a harangue, delivered in what would become Bourdain's trademark blend of insolence, irreverence, and profanity.

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On the Hidden Lives of Souvenirs in 'Souvenir (Object Lessons)'

Rolf Potts explores why and how we collect souvenirs, what they have represented to us through the ages, and how we use them to narrate our lives.

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Metatextual Games Stamp Out Thriller Conventions in 'Based on a True Story'

French author Delphine de Vigan is very successful at setting up an original mystery, but she gets bogged down in overly literary reflections.


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