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Allison Burnett | Undiscovered Gyrl (Vintage)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 09 June 2009 15:17

book_burnett.jpgIn an instant, the book becomes something to reread, reinterpret and rethink.



Peter Cameron | Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You (Picador)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 09 June 2009 15:15

book_cameron.jpgRather than plan for college in the fall, James spends his days trolling the internet, looking for the perfect house in the middle of America.



Eric Bogosian | Perforated Heart (Simon & Schuster)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Tuesday, 09 June 2009 15:13

book_bogosian.jpgI was repulsed by the book's narrator, and the more I read, the less I liked him.



Elizabeth Kendall | Autobiography of a Wardrobe: A Memoir (Anchor)

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Written by Andrea Braun Tuesday, 02 June 2009 07:27

book_wardrobe.jpgThe book is an unusual point of view for a cultural history of sorts that is also a guilt-free piece of chick lit.



Phil Hall | The History of Independent Cinema

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 20 May 2009 14:47

book_ind-cinema.jpgThe border between independent and studio production has always been permeable, and from the earliest years of film people have gone back and forth between the two worlds.



Stefan Merrill Block | The Story of Forgetting (Random House)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 08 May 2009 06:27

book_block2.jpgStefan Merrill Block's elegant prose kept me turning the pages.



Richard Bausch | Peace (Vintage)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Friday, 08 May 2009 06:26

book_bausch.jpgPeace is a book that makes you think and feel. Not a lot happens, yet everything does.



Alexander McCall Smith | The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Friday, 08 May 2009 06:22

book_detective.jpgThe series feels like taking a trip to Botswana in the company of an intimate friend who grew up there.



Stephan Romano | Shock Festival (

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Written by Chris Gibson Thursday, 30 April 2009 08:07

book_shock-festival.jpgI felt like I'd finally seen everything this golden age of exploitation had to offer.



Douglas McEwan | The Q Guide to Classic Monster Movies

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 21 April 2009 11:28

book_q-movies.jpgThat's the spirit of Alyson's Q Guide series: heartfelt and ironic at the same time, with an ample dose of humor and a very personal approach to the topic at hand.



Randy Charles Epping | The 21st-Century Economy: A Beginner's Guide

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 21 April 2009 11:24

book_21st-century.jpgIf you want to get wise to how the economy works in the modern world, a good place to start is here.



Charles Bracelen Flood | 1864: Lincoln at the Gates of History (Simon & Schuster; $30)

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Written by Jim Dunn Thursday, 09 April 2009 09:45

book_1864.jpgFlood endows Lincoln with the humanness that sometimes eludes him in other books,



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