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On Death and Dignity in Emily Ruskovich's Beautiful Novel, 'Idaho'

Idaho asks, is time the element that binds us all? What does it mean to dream? Can our dreams be shared?

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'Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows', 'Marriage of a Thousand Lies' & 'No One Can Pronounce My Name'

While the post-9/11 period and its racialization and criminalization of brown bodies marked one epoch of the South Asian experience, recent South Asian immigrant literature suggests the beginning of another frame: sexuality.

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Thin Lizzy / Philip Lynott Bio 'Cowboy Song' Is Like Reading the Best Liner Notes, Ever

Cowboy Song is not the first biography of Thin Lizzy and/or Lynott, but it is profoundly well-researched and may be the best.

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Behind Francis Ford Coppola's Magic, the Work: 'The Godfather Notebook'

No one other than Coppola could have directed The Godfather, because the mental effort to work Puzo’s world into film is on the level of science fiction.

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David Coggins' 'Men and Style' and Our Infatuation With Being Cool

In an age of renewed discussion and debate over the true definition of masculinity “versus” femininity, how relevant is a book like Men and Style?

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A 21st-century Muckraker Pierces the Heart of the Internet in 'Reading the Comments'

If Eggers' The Circle gave us a glance at the inimical nature of social media via Orwell’s idea of “groupthink”, then Reagle takes us even deeper into why we love to comment on anything and everything.

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Race Mixing in 'Absalom's Daughters'

This is not an attempt to rewrite Faulkner as much as it's a cogent effort at bringing women and people of color to the forefront of a Faulkner-inspired work.

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Charles Bukowski's 'On Love' and 'On Cats'

Bukowski's voice and style swung wildly over his lifetime, and collections varied considerably in quality depending on the whims of editors

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Emma: 200th Anniversary Annotated Edition by Jane Austen

From Downton Abbey to Doctor Who, from BBC America to Sir Ian McKellen reciting Shakespeare in Marc Maron’s garage, America seems to have never fully disengaged itself from British popular culture.

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What Happens When Public Health Becomes a Battleground for the “Moral Language of Health&#8221

After the Wrath is an amazing read and full of thought-provoking ideas and theories about how religion – leaders, institutions, and policy – frames responses to disease.

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What Is the Line Between Cultural Respect and (Mis)appropriation?

The Goddess Pose is fascinating story of how an Eastern European woman became a global chameleon and the most recognizable face of yoga in the world.

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'The Household Spirit' Is a Strange Book

This is the kind of book Erma Bombeck would have written if she was on heroin or had just watched The Grave of the Fireflies while listening to Jeff Buckley.

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Coming Full Circle as the Children of Immigrants

The Blind Writer is less about South Asians and the Indian-American experience as it is about Indian-American men and their (in)abilities to navigate life.

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A Convent Goes Psycho-Sexual in 'The Nuns of Sant'Ambrogio'

Based on the detailed notes from the original Roman Inquisition investigation long buried in a Vatican archive, Wolf unravels a tale of religious madness and power trips.

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'The Lives of Muhammad' Is Not Merely a Biography, but a Biography of Biographies

Ali's book is devoted to unraveling the story of the Muslim prophet, and a serious contribution to the debate over what is real, what is apocryphal, and what is myth.


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