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Lisa Watts -- Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
What is it about Ohio? It nurtures able writers, as this book makes clear, but then they leave. Eudora Welty stayed in the same town, in fact the same house, for most of her brilliant writing life  

Joe Boyd -- White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The joke used to be that if you remembered the 1960s you weren't there. That's based on the assumption that those there were too busy enjoying the uninhibited decade and its creative Pop music,   

Michel Onfray -- Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Firmly grounded in the post 9/11-era search for answers and in a certain degree of pomposity, Atheist Manifesto is as much an attempt to argue that religious extremism could be the death of us all  

Jason King -- The Cannibible Collection (Ten Speed Press)

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Imagine if coffee were banned. The black market wouldn't allow the luxury of choosing between Jamaican and Colombian, latte and espresso. You'd take what you could get -- and then you'd get out  

Brian Groh -- Summer People (Ecco)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
This debut novel gives a glimpse into the most endearing type of mid-twenties male psyche -- the type that's slightly neurotic and slightly naive, distracted by sexual desire but trying to do the  

Maryse Conde -- The Story of the Cannibal Woman (Atria)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
This novel leaves you foggy. The story begins in Cape Town, South Africa, and a black woman from Guadeloupe, Rosélie, who suddenly finds herself alone. Her longtime lover and 'husband' -- t  

Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer -- Science, Skepticism and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind (Bantam)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
In 1991, Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, Ph.D., was a prominent psychoanalyst and a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. Perhaps more importantly, she was a scientist. And then her daught  

Rene Denfeld -- All God's Children: Inside the Dark and Violent World of Street Families (Publicaffairs)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Read this book and you'll never look the same way at young kids hanging by Bogart's on Short Vine or begging spare change outside drugstores. That latter activity is "spanging," according to t  

Zlata Filipovic and Melanie Challenger -- Stolen Voices (Penguin)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
The title of Stolen Voices: Young People's War Diaries from World War I to Iraq is nonsensical; these aren't stolen voices but rather voices preserved. But the rest of the book is surprisingly e  

Here and Now: Chris Bachelder

Novelist's playful new book exhumes Upton Sinclair

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
We live in a fractured, rapidly evolving culture, one in which reality often seems lifted from a Vonnegut novel. Surreal has become real. Few writers deal with this notion better than Chri  

Scarlett Thomas -- The End of Mr. Y (Harvest Books)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Scarlett Thomas manages to transform a philosophical treatise into a novel, and a good novel at that. It begins with a young English woman, Ariel, on a half-assed quest for the answer to everythin  

James Landale -- The Last Duel (Cannongate Books)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
"Let's settle this like gentlemen," and "Let's take this outside" have become clichés of contemporary fiction. But there was a time when these words were balanced by the weight of histo  

CHARLES FISHMAN -- THE WAL-MART EFFECT

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 15, 2006
Whether you love Wal-Mart or hate it, there is little doubt that the giant retail box has had an enormous impact on the American and, to some extent, the global economy. Charles Fishman's The Wal