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Volume I, Issue 31
January 5 - January 12, 1998

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The Other Side of the Story
In "The House Gun," South African novelist Nadine Gordimer explores the realm of domestic violence. [2]
Donald Paul


Non-fiction
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Dark Visions
In "Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence," put out by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, we have a treasure trove of American infamy. [3]
Buzz Click

Trigger Fingers
A review of "Police Pictures: the Photograph as Evidence." [4]
Sam Jemielity

Other Voices...
If Truman Capote hadn't been cremated, he'd be turning in his grave. [5]
Leonard Gill

Rhyme Scheme
This year, as every year, one of the more interesting things about the annual "Best American Poetry" volume is who's been left out. [6]
James DiGiovanna

Insider Story
"Rough Mix," a biography of Jimmy Bowen, the music-biz sharpie who made Nashville's country industry what it is today, won't make the guy any new friends. [7]
Ted Drozdowski

Delightfully Dread Read
Steve Barrow and Peter Dalton's "Rough Guide" to reggae could be the most dread-ful book ever written on the genre. [8]
Norman Weinstein


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader

  • "Timequake" by Kurt Vonnegut
  • "Companero: The Life and Death of Che Guevara" by Jorge G. Castaneda
  • "Mothers of Invention" by Drew Faust
  • "retrohell" by the editors of "ben is dead"


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ood eats this week. In addition to several "Best of '97" articles (see the right column of this menu page), we've got reviews of a variety of new books. Nadine Gordimer's penetrating domestic-violence novel "The House Gun" gets the full treatment with an article that manages to combine a review, an excerpt, and an interview all in one.

The rest of the works examined this week are non-fiction. "Police Pictures: The Photograph as Evidence" receives two separate reviews from the Tucson Weekly and Chicago's NewCityNet, both of which enjoy the book's voyeuristic pleasures. Writers also critique a new anthology of American poets, rough guides to both Nashville music and reggae music, and a bare-bones Truman Capote biography by George "I Write About Everything With Which I Come Into Contact" Plimpton.

Read your eyes out,


Best Books '97
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1997's Best Non-fiction
1997's non-fiction featured both strong and fond recollections. [12-29-97]
Charles Taylor

1997's Best Fiction
1997's best fiction was a blend of new and venerable voices. [12-29-97]
Elizabeth Manus, Editor

Give the Gift of Pulp
Five quick gifts from the used book store. [12-22-97]
Blake de Pastino

1997 Book Picks
The denizens of The Boston Phoenix are experts when it comes to recommending good stuff in particular categories. For proof, check out these guides to the best books of 1997.

Urban Narratives
Crisp Classics
Novel Novels
Non-fiction
Poetry Scribblings
Wonk Works
Photo Collections
Children's Books
Cookbooks


Now What?
Love to read? Need some clever ideas? Our library of resources and staff picks are guaranteed to turn on plenty of mental light bulbs via your electrified eye sockets. [10]


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