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Volume III, Issue 30
January 17 - January 24, 2000  

Fiction
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Cat's Cradle [2]
E.T.A. Hoffmann's 19th-century novel "The Life and Opinions of the Tomcat Murr" has been revived with a fresh translation from Penguin for a new generation of readers.
— Jeffrey Gantz, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Where's Your Pick-up, Boy? [3]
Larry McMurtry's latest is a sincere, light-hearted glimpse into a Texas oil man's search for meaning.
— Mladen Baudrand, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Non-fiction
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Money, It's a Gas [4]
Economics, schmeconomics: here's the latest books about the (almost) first commodity, money.
— Roger Gathman, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Mr. Universe [5]
Keay Davidson's Carl Sagan: A Life seeks to recall the scientific translunary to a forgetful public.
— John McCormack, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Now What? [7]
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

conomics is sometimes called the "dismal science," and there are as many ways of explaining the ups and downs of economies as there are people to write books about those ways. A look at some leading examples reveals some interesting insights.

A critical biography of Carl Sagan explores the duality of the scientist's personality and its effects on his career and personal life, the key to understanding his diverse contributions to science and humanity.

The 19th-century work by E.T.A. Hoffman, which combines a cat's autobiography with the story of a choir master, has been reissued, offering a new generation an opportunity to enjoy this biting but affectionate parody and mystery story.

Plus, Larry McMurtry's new novel, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [6]

  • "The Oxford Guide to United States Supreme Court Decisions"
  • "Bad Men: Outlaws and Gunfighters of the Wild West"


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