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Volume III, Issue 32
January 31 - February 7, 2000  

Features
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Pro Woe [2]
Daniel Woodrell reflects on how his small novel became a big movie.
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER

Fiction
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Stay Outta FL [3]
"Miami Herald" columnist Carl Hiaasen's newest fiction, "Sick Puppy," and a collection of his columns, "Kick Ass," are heavy on details and light on subtlety.
— Mark Bazer, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Not Puppy Love [4]
Carl Hiaasen's latest comic thriller, "Sick Puppy," takes stock characters on a wild ride that's hard to care about.
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
In Short Order [5]
Amy Tan compiles a glorious "Best American Short Stories of 1999."
— Christine Wald-Hopkins, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Behind The Smile [6]
Helen Ellis' debut novel, "Eating the Cheshire Cat," comes to life via its Southern roots.
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO

Non-fiction
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Heir Pressure [7]
With a family legacy such as he has, Dubya just has to succeed. Or does he?
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Growing Up Absurd [8]
Lewis Nordan on one writer's beginnings.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

aniel Woodrell's little-noticed novel, "Woe To Live On," was turned into a movie that has garnered critical praise but attracted little public attention. He reflects on the experience.

Two reviewers read "Sick Puppy," Carl Hiaasen's latest South Florida romp of a novel, and come up with differing opinions... sort of. One calls it "fun," though bemoaning the real-life shenanigans that inspire Hiaasen and fill his Miami Herald columns, while the other reports it "falls flat."

The "Best American Short Stories of 1999" is a culturally diverse collection, though the stories focus on universal themes -- adultery, isolation, dying, revenge -- from a decidedly American perspective.

Also, a substantive new book on George W. Bush, a writer's autobiography, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [9]

  • "Saints and Sinners"
  • "Like Shaking Hands With God"

Now What? [10]
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.
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