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Possible Side Effects
Possible Side Effects
by Augusten Burroughs
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As with other funny memoirists like Laurie Notaro or David Rakoff, Augusten Burroughs finds humor and absurdity in all sorts of mundane events. The twist is that Burroughs life — particularly his childhood — provides the surreal backdrop to a writer... (read more)

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My Dark Places: An L.A. Crime Memoir
My Dark Places: An L.A. Crime Memoir
by James Ellroy
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James Ellroy is the heir apparent to Raymond Chandler. His dark, convoluted, steroid-infused crime novels have made him the reigning king of LA Noir. Ellroy's stylized prose is "so hard-boiled it burns the pot" and his outlook is as cynical as a frog in... (read more)

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Empire Falls (HBO Tie-In)
Empire Falls (HBO Tie-In)
by Richard Russo
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Careful: Laboratory tests confirm that Richard Russo's prose promotes addictive behavior among committed readers of fiction. His fifth novel, Empire Falls, turns its own pages. Booklist noted, "Russo follows up his rollicking academic satire, Straight... (read more)

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Mirrormask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from the Jim Henson Company
Mirrormask: The Illustrated Film Script of the Motion Picture from the Jim Henson Company
by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean
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This wondrous volume presents Neil Gaiman's screenplay of the film MirrorMask, along with director/artist Dave McKean's storyboards. The unique format (the relevant panel is positioned next to the depicted section of Gaiman's script) creates a smooth... (read more)

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Skateboard Retrospective: A Collector's Guide
Skateboard Retrospective: A Collector's Guide
by Rhyn Noll
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Back in the seventies and early eighties, we used to ride these cumbersome 10- to 12-inch wide decks with big fat wheels. No skateparks had been built yet so we carved whatever surface we could find. Basically we did a lot of riding down hills. Not very... (read more)

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Prep: A Novel
Prep: A Novel
by Curtis Sittenfeld
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"The best thing about this novel, and there are many very good things, is its strikingly intelligent voice. Sittenfeld nails the neurosis of adolescence with an unusual and appropriate tone....Sittenfeld's depiction of complex relationships is welcome... (read more)

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The Polysyllabic Spree
The Polysyllabic Spree
by Nick Hornby
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Name one other book critic that consistently makes you laugh out loud without denigrating the work of his subject. Right, you can't. (If you can, please, let me know.) Hornby's monthly "What I've Been Reading" columns for the Believer magazine (collected... (read more)

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Crescent
Crescent
by Diana Abu-Jaber
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This is a kind of pampering. One enters a woman's world steeped with sensual and lyrical concerns. Psychology is laced with luxurious metaphor. A very insightful and pleasurable read.... (read more)

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 1st Edition
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close 1st Edition
by Jonathan Safran Foer
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I absolutely loved Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close a most precious and delightful novel by Jonathan Safran Foer. Oskar Schell made me laugh, smile, and just feel good. He is a charmer who's won my heart through the tears and the joy.... (read more)

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Lyra's Oxford
Lyra's Oxford
by Philip Pullman
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I reread Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy every year or so and was thrilled with this short story, the latest installment in the saga of Lyra Belacqua. Enhanced with maps and illustrations, it’s a wonderful story and a collectible gem.... (read more)

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Pirates!
Pirates!
by Celia Rees
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One of the best things about a good novel is that you can read about people having adventures you'd never in a million years want to have yourself. Nancy Kington and Minerva Sharpe are two of the bravest girls in young adult literature, joining a band of... (read more)

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The Golden Compass: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials #01)
The Golden Compass: Deluxe 10th Anniversary Edition (His Dark Materials #01)
by Philip Pullman
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A gorgeous new edition of a gripping book that's officially for children but adored by adult readers as well. New "document" additions to this edition include letters from Lord Asriel.... (read more)

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Adaptation: The Shooting Script
Adaptation: The Shooting Script
by Charlie Kaufman and Donald Kaufman
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I don't even know how to begin writing anything in relation to the work of Charlie Kaufman. Is he really the most original voice working in Hollywood — or, just an escaped mental patient who has gone undetected amidst the denizens of LA? In either... (read more)

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Gob's Grief
Gob's Grief
by Chris Adrian
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This story has everything ? Civil War heroics, survivor guilt, social history, the most believable rendition of Walt Whitman ever attempted in a novel, and an ending of 19th-century fantastical proportions I personally found quite refreshing. Truly, it's... (read more)

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