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Volume II, Issue 46
May 10 - May 17, 1999  
 
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Rushdie Rocks [2]
Salman Rushdie breathes easier these days, but public appearances promoting his new rock-and-roll novel can be exhausting.
— Peter Kadzis, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Fiction
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The Curse of O'Nan [3]
In his new novel, "A Prayer for the Dying," Stewart O'Nan explores the landscape of affliction.
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Wedding Blows [4]
Suzanne Finnamore's "Otherwise Engaged" is a pre-nup joyride.
— Megan Harlan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Diplomatic Indemnity [5]
The author contends that south of the border, politics only wounds the lives of individuals, regardless of personal ideology or social status.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Slipping Into Someone Else [6]
Michael Pye's "Taking Lives" is a worthy read.
— Abigail Fisher, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Non-fiction
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Mothers Who Think: Tales of Real-Life Parenthood [7]
Salon online magazine has released a comforting compilation of its "Mothers Who Think" column.
— Robin Bradford, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
The Melting Pot [8]
A new book reveals everything you never knew about your chocolate bar.
— Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

alman Rushdie considered becoming an actor, but he stayed true to a more primal ambition and today -- though he may have wished otherwise -- he has become perhaps the most famous writer in the world.

During the past six years, Stewart O'Nan has shown himself to be not only prolific, but also one of America's most thoughtful and versatile young novelists.

"Otherwise Engaged" takes for granted that engagement is a circle of hell in which men and women will find each other at their most irritating, cloying, and expensive.

Also, "Mothers Who Think," the "Secret World of Hershey and Mars," and more.


Mini Reviews
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Off the Bookshelf [9]

  • "Dear Exile" by Hilary Liftin and Kate Montgomery
  • "The Sacred Willow" by Duong Van Mai Elliott
  • "Rabindranath Tagore" edited by Krishna Dutta and Andrew Robinson
  • "Come Together" by Josie Lloyd and Emlyn Rees
 
Speed Reader [10]
  • "Chanting: Discovering the Spirit in Sound" by Robert Gass with Kathleen Brehony
  • "Chant: Spirit in Sound--The Best of World Chant"
  • "Desire" by Frank Bidart
 
Now What? [11]
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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