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Volume IV, Issue 4
July 17 - July 24, 2000  

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"Child"'s Play [2]
Oprah Book Club joiners get ready, for you will be reading Nancy Woodruff's debut novel, "Someone Else's Child," in the near future.
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
Cruel Intentions [3]
Neil Labute raises the shock-bar with his latest play "Bash."

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Unhappily Ever After [4]
Three of the newest books about the Princess of Wales are by people who played roles of varying degrees of intimacy in her life.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
Memory Served [5]
In "Hard to Forget: An Alzheimer's Story," Charles Pierce recounts the effects of Alzheimer's disease on himself and his family.
Walking Backward [6]
Alvin Josephy has packed an extraordinary range of experience into a long life.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
Cheez Whiz! [7]
Taking a look at the gross-outs and kinky quirks of food history.
— Margaret Wappler, NEWCITY CHICAGO



or the first time in the three years since the death of Princess Diana, there is a selection of books that are not breathless tell-alls rushed into print, and they paint a more accurate, more vibrant picture of her life.

In telling the story of his father, Charles Pierce etches with painful precision the effect of Alzheimer's disease on his family -- the fear, anger, guilt, and denial that does its own insidious damage as surely as any progressive disease.

Nancy Woodruff's debut novel is a compelling and thoughtful read that only occasionally veers into sap, and it has all the elements necessary to make it a selection of Oprah's Book Club.

Also, a new play from Neil Labute, research into American Indian history, and more.

Now What? [8]
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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