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Volume III, Issue 34
February 14 - February 21, 2000  

Non-fiction
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Benevolent Agitator [5]
Jim Hightower's undiluted populism is wittty, rousing, and engaging, as seen in Hightower's new book If the Gods Had Meant Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Candidates.
— Clay Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Unforgettable [6]
The only thing remarkable about Daniel Mark Epstein's biography of Nat King Cole is the subject himself.
— Michael Freedberg, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Oral History [7]
Jeffrey Toobin's "A Vast Conspiracy" is easily the sharpest and most entertaining account of the Clinton-Lewinsky sinkhole to date.
— Jason Gay, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
One Hundred Flowers Wilt [8]
Jonathan Spence's bio of Mao Zedong does a fine job of sketching the trajectory and key events of his career.
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [9]

  • "After the Breakup" by Angela Watrous and Carole Honeychurch
  • "Wild: Stories of Survival From the World's Most Dangerous Places" edited by Clint Willis

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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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

early every major American city now has a literary counterpart to the real-life crime-fighters you'll find there. Nashville's two fictional private eyes -- Steven Womack's Harry James Denton and Cecelia Tishy's Kate Banning -- are in new adventures.

We have two reviews this week of "Mr. Spaceman," Robert Olen Butler's novel about an alien visiting Earth who's been "infected" by advertising jingles and popular catchphrases.

Populist Jim Hightower's hilarious new book takes on the status quo in all its stagnant, harmful manifestations, from political consultants to the national media to economic "experts."

Also, new biographies of Nat King Cole and Mao Zedong, fresh insight into the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal, and more.

Features
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Criminal Elements [2]
An interview with Nashville's two best-known mystery writers.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE

Fiction
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Out There [3]
Robert Olen Butler goes galactic with "Mr. Spaceman."
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Among the Earthlings [4]
"Mr. Spaceman" is an entertainment that covers a lot of ground -- and sky.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY

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