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Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith by Jon Krakauer

God Told Me to Kill You

A review by Doug Brown

On July 24, 1984, two fundamentalist Mormon brothers brutally murdered their sister-in-law and her baby girl, believing they were fulfilling a revelation that one of the brothers had received from God. Today they reside in federal prisons. The older brother, Ron (who had the revelation), is on death row and following every avenue for appeal. The younger brother, Dan, is serving a life sentence and seems okay with it (Krakauer says he refers to prison as a "monastery"). Krakauer spoke to Dan for the book, but not Ron. Under the Banner of Heaven tells in parallel the story of the Lafferty brothers and their descent into fundamentalism alongside the history of the Mormon Church.

The modern Mormon Church is quick to distance itself from fundamentalists; most are excommunicated from the Latter-Day Saint (LDS) community. The church downplays the history of plural marriage (polygamy) in Mormonism, to the point of maintaining that Brigham Young was monogamous (history says otherwise...



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Big Vegan: 400 Recipes: No Meat, No Dairy, All Delicious by Robin Asbell

I was a vegetarian for many years, and though I'm not any more, I still cook meatless meals most of the time. Robin Asbell's fabulous new cookbook, Big Vegan, is my latest go-to cookbook and hands-down one of the best vegan cookbooks I've ever used. It contains the most comprehensive, varied, and...


The Pale King by David Foster Wallace

When David Foster Wallace writes about boredom, it's anything but boring. This is a good thing, as coping with acute ennui is the main theme of his posthumously published, unfinished novel The Pale King. If I told you the book consists of 500+ pages detailing the inner workings of the massive...


Robinson Crusoe (Modern Library Classics) by Daniel Defoe

The first thing that surprised me upon picking up a copy of Robinson Crusoe is how long ago it was written. It was published in 1721, when the American colonies were just that. Slavery was the unquestioned institution of the day, even in England; William Wilberforce wouldn't be born for another...


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Drood by Dan Simmons

On June 9, 1865, Charles Dickens, along with his mistress and her mother, survived a famous railway disaster at Staplehurst, England. He was deeply affected by the experience, even mentioning the disaster in a postscript to Our Mutual Friend, the novel he was writing at the time, and the last...


Robinson Jeffers: Selected Poems by Robinson Jeffers

In May of 1989 I worked at the late, lamented Olsson's Books and Records in Washington, DC. Being a bona fide poetry lover, I leapt at the opportunity of engaging with a poet I'd never read before. In fact, I'd never heard of the guy. How was I to know that it would end up being a life-changing...


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Tom Bissell has played a lot of video games over the course of his life. Luckily, this obsession has clearly not hurt his writing or sense of humor. Throughout Extra Lives, Bissell ably intertwines intellectual questions and uproarious anecdotes from his experiences playing video games and his...


Methodist Hatchet by Ken Babstock

Methodist Hatchet, Ken Babstock's fourth book of poetry, is extraordinary. Babstock is one of Canada's premier poets, and, if you've never read him before (as I hadn't), this new collection of poems will astonish, challenge, and rattle you. His language is dense, knotted, intense; his lines are...


Shock Value: How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror by Jason Zinoman

Horror movies have had a long a curious history. Early on, there were silent features, such as Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, which used an expressionistic style to convey psychological torment. In the 1930s, Universal's adaptations of Dracula and Frankenstein used sound and special...


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For my classics year project, I knew I had to get some Dostoevsky in. I crossed The Idiot off the list for the shallow reason that I have the DVD of Akira Kurosawa's version. That left either Crime and Punishment or Brothers Karamazov. A used copy of Crime and Punishment showed up first, so it...


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Heaven and Earth: Unseen by the Naked Eye by Katherine Roucoux

A Reader's Manifesto: An Attack on Pretentiousness in American Literary Prose by B. R. Myers

Century: Mini Format by Terence Mcnamee

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Tests of Time by Willia0 Gass

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My Loose Thread by Dennis Cooper

My Life in Heavy Metal: Stories by Steve Almond

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Man and Boy by Tony Parsons

Master of the Senate: The Years of Lyndon Johnson by Robert A. Caro

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The Big Con: The Story of the Confidence Man by David W. Maurer

London Fields (Vintage International) by Martin Amis

The A List: The National Society of Film Critics' 100 Essential Films by Jay Carr

Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade by Patrick Dennis

Notable American Women by Ben Marcus

Straight Man: A Novel by Richard Russo

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A Way of Life, Like Any Other by Darcy O'brien

America's Idea of a Good Time by Kate Schermerhorn

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When We Were Orphans (Vintage International) by Kazuo Ishiguro

Stories of Paul Bowles by Paul Bowles

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Ill Nature by Joy Williams

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John Henry Days by Colson Whitehead

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Observatory Mansions by Edward Carey

Off the Eaten Path: Inspired Recipes for Adventurous Cooks by Bob Blumer

The Best American Sports Writing of the Century by David Halberstam

Rising Tide (97 Edition) by John M. Barry


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