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Richard A. Isay, M.D. | Being Homosexual/Becoming Gay

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 08 July 2009 13:30

book_homosexual.jpgNot until 1973 did the American Psychiatric Association removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders.

 

 

Jincy Willett | The Writing Class (Picador Press)

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Written by Andrea Braun Wednesday, 01 July 2009 06:22

book_writing-class.jpgWillett's characters are real to anyone who has ever taught adults.

 

   

Max Brockman, ed. | What's Next? Dispatches on the Future of Science (Vintage)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 01 July 2009 06:21

book_whats-next.jpgEach essay is self-contained, making it possible to choose those most relevant to your own interests.

 

 

James Wood | How Fiction Works (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Wednesday, 01 July 2009 06:19

book_how-fiction-works.jpgHow Fiction Works is a marvelously readable appreciation of how Wood's favorite writers achieve their effects.

 

   

Jeffrey Eugenides | The Virgin Suicides (Picador reissue)

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Written by Michael Munro Wednesday, 24 June 2009 14:10

book_virgin-suicides.jpgIn spite of its brooding subject matter, the novel maintains a lyrical air throughout, with prose that often borders on poetry.

 

 

Paul Auster | Man in the Dark (Picador)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 16 June 2009 15:00

book_auster.jpg If I'm less than celebratory about Man in the Dark, it's because Auster has written many better books and seems content in this one to coast on his reputation.

 

   

Alexander McCall Smith | The Miracle at Speedy Motors (Anchor)

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Written by Sarah Boslaugh Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:58

book_ladies-det.jpgMcCall Smith explores the web of human relations with particular focus on the question of what is truth, and whether honesty is always the best policy.

 

 

Stewart O'Nan | A Prayer for the Dying (Picador)

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Written by Andrea Braun Tuesday, 16 June 2009 14:55

book_onan.jpgThe tone of A Prayer for the Dying reminds me of Stephen King's The Gunfighter…if The Gunfighter were actually entertaining or interesting.

 

   

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.

 

   

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