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Volume I, Issue 37
February 16 - February 23, 1998

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The Jacqueline Susann Story
Review of "Lovely Me: the Life of Jacqueline Susann" by Barbara Seaman; plus "All Over but the Shoutin'" by Rick Bragg and Douglas Adams' "Starship Titanic" by Terry Jones. [2]

The Dishy Details on Susann
A few of Jacqueline's juiciest exploits. [3]

True Calling
Jan Karon, author of the best-selling Mitford novels, describes her unlikely path to literary success. [4]
Tracy Jones


Fiction
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Darkness Visible
Danzy Senna's "Caucasia" confronts the issues of race, adolescence, and alienation. [5]
Elizabeth Manus

Self Help
Gayl Jones's new novel, "The Healing," tells the ordinary story of an extraordinary African-American faith healer. [6]
Elizabeth Schmidt


Non-fiction
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Golden State of Mind
In search of the soul of California. [7]
Gregory McNamee

Heart-Shaped Box
Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues" grasps by the short hairs what can be a very scary subject for some. [8]
Mari Wadsworth


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader
"Two-Fisted Science" by Jim Ottaviani; "Call Me" P-P Hartnett; "The Lusty Lady" by Erika Langley; "Barney's Version" by Mordecai Richler. [11]
Ernie Longmire, Todd Gibson, Blake de Pastino, Chris Romero


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ver see the movie "Valley of the Dolls"? No, not "Beyond the Valley of the Dolls," the Russ Meyer epic penned by Roger Ebert. I'm talking about the original "Valley of the Dolls," the over-the-top '60s melodrama about a group of showbiz women with a litany of personal weaknesses -- especially pill-popping and "taboo" sex. It's an amazingly and amusingly bad movie; comparisons to "Showgirls" couldn't be more apt.

I've never read Jacqueline Susann's original novel version, but by all accounts, it's just as classically campy. Now I'm hearing that Barbara Seaman's biography, "Lovely Me: the Life of Jacqueline Susann," is even better. How can this be? Well, turns out Susann was quite the pill-popping crazy herself. Who knew?

We've also got reviews of the following, comparatively sober, works:

I know that Valentine's Day is well over, but who says the romance has to stop? Check out these love poems and share one with someone you wuv.

Poetry
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Verses From the Heart
"Weekly Alibi"'s Love Poetry Contest winners. [9]

The Sounds of Memory
Clearly, poet Luis Alberto Urrea understands the relationship between word and sound, as evidenced by his latest collection. [10]
Sharon Preiss


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. [12]


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