Weekly Wire
Volume II, Issue 30
January 19 - January 25, 1999  
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Wal-Mart Nation [2]
To the ever-expanding list of vanishing Americana, we must now add the Bookmark, Tucson's last family owned and operated general interest bookstore.
Waking Owl Goes the Way of the Dodo [3]
Yet another independent bookstore bites the dust.
Dancing With Dawson [4]
An interview with Carol Dawson, author of "The Mother-in-Law Diaries" and the very definition of "free spirit."
— Claiborne Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

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Offensive Line [5]
In a mad dash to criminalize the National Football League, the authors of "Pros and Cons: The Criminals Who Play In The NFL" fail to make one crucial distinction: the difference between arrests and convictions.
— Christopher Weir, TUCSON WEEKLY
A Soothing Broth [6]
Cedar fever (or one of the myraid of other seasonal maladies) got you down? Take one of these recipes from the school of "infirm cuisine" and call me in the morning.
— Virginia B. Wood, AUSTIN CHRONICLE

Now What? [9]
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.



he death of independent bookstores continues the momentum that has swept away mom and pop shops in many commoditized industries. This week we get up close and personal with store closings in Salt Lake City and Tucson.

Author Carol Dawson chats with Austin Chronicle's Claiborne Smith about her new book, "The Mother-In-Law Diaries" in "Dancing with Dawson."

Reviews include books about the criminal aspects of the National Football League and recipes that heal, plus more in Mini-Reviews.

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [7]

  • Tree Surgery for Beginners by Patrick Gale
  • Human Wishes by Robert Hass
  • The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini
  • Undercurrents: New Mexico Stories by Adela Amador

Book Reviews [8]
  • Memories of My Father Watching TV by Curtis White Soft! by Rupert Thomson
  • The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
  • Chile Death by Susan Wittig Albert

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