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Alexander McCall Smith | La’s Orchestra Saves the World (Pantheon)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Monday, 11 January 2010 00:00

lasorchestrasavestheworld.jpgIt's unlike any of McCall Smith's previous books and yet is perfect in its own way.

 

Jason Bitner | Cassette From My Ex

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Wednesday, 16 December 2009 00:00

book_cassettes.jpgStories and Soundtracks of Lost Loves (St. Martin's Press)

   

Joe Pernice | It Feels So Good When I Stop (Riverhead Books)

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Written by Laura Hamlett Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00

book_pernice2.jpgThe characters are so well-draw and, even despite their flaws, endearing.

 

Paul Auster | Invisible

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 09 December 2009 00:00

book_auster-invisible.jpgInvisible is a fine example of what Auster does best: create a fictional world which seems more real and is infinitely more delectable than the one we poor mortals live in.

   

Stephen King | Under the Dome (Scribner)

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Written by Jesse Gernigin Wednesday, 18 November 2009 01:36

underthedome.jpgThe most obvious question for a book like this is, ‘Does it need to be this long?’ The short answer is maybe.

 

 

Mark Oliver Everett | Things the Grandchildren Should Know

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Written by Michael Morlaine Thursday, 05 November 2009 15:15

book_everett.gifThe very essence of art as therapy, Everett's music is unsparing in its honesty and unapologetic in its ambition.

 

   

Bill Willingham | Peter and Max: A Fables Novel (DC/Vertigo)

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Written by Jesse Gernigin Tuesday, 03 November 2009 02:05

peterandmax-header.jpgWhen Willingham is at his best, he is the true pied piper.

 

 

Marc Augé | Casablanca: Movies and Memory

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 27 October 2009 15:08

book_casablanca.gifAugé weaves together memoir and film criticism in 76 elegantly written pages.

 

   

Issui Ogawa | The Lord of the Sands of Time (VIZ Media/Haikasoru)

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Written by Jennifer Manjarez Monday, 26 October 2009 06:23

lordofsands-header.jpgMore than just your average science fiction story, it's the story of a relationship between a human and an AI Messenger, a queen fighting for her country, and the battle between the future and the past to stop the inevitable.

 

 

Roxana Robinson | Cost (Picador, 2009)

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Written by Andrea Braun Friday, 23 October 2009 03:45

book_cost.gifJulia's life was an enviable one——until it wasn't.

 

   

George Johnson | The Ten Most Beautiful Experiments

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Thursday, 01 October 2009 14:43

book_beaut-experiments.gifJohnson brings something new to this volume: a focus on a single experiment conducted by each scientist which he finds particularly beautiful.

 

 

Ian Frazier | Lamentations of the Father

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 22 September 2009 14:00

book_frazier.gifLittle did I know that Frazier was also an accomplished humorist.

 

   

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