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Volume III, Issue 9
August 23 - August 30, 1999  
 
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Fiction
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Mysterious New Mexico [2]
Michael McGarrity's Hermit's Peak.
— Dorothy Cole, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Non-fiction
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Myth America [3]
Put 200-plus modern myths at your fingertips with "Too Good To Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends."
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Steel Magnolia [4]
In "Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson," author Jan Jarboe Russell provides a gripping examination of the former first lady who had a habit "of staying above it all."
— Clay Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Noteworthies [5]
Soul mates going for broke.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Call it Zydeco! [6]
"Zydeco!" with photos by Rick Olivier and text by Ben Sandmel, explains one of Louisiana's grand musical mysteries.
— Ted Drozdowski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
How The West Was Run [7]
Far from the movie ideal, cowboys turn out to be an unromantic but interesting lot.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Book Reviews [8]
"L.A. Requiem" by Robert Crais, and "Mosaic Man" by Ronald Sukenick.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

he New Mexico landscape is the most vivid character in Michael McGarrity's mystery series featuring state cop Kevin Kerney, including the latest, "Hermit's Peak."

Urban legends, those odd little stories you always think are true but turn out not to be, have been collected -- and debunked -- in a large volume by an expert on the subject.

A new biography of Lady Bird Johnson, a "primer of Southern gothic," is an engrossing and gripping read.

Plus, an exploration of zydeco, a trio of cowboy tomes, and more.


Mini Reviews
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Off the Bookshelf [9]

  • "DA: Prosecutors in Their Own Words" by Mark Baker
  • "Lapham's Rules of Influence" by Lewis Lapham
  • "Due South: Dispatches From Down Home" by R. Scott Brunner
  • "The Pig Farmer's Daughter and Other Tales of American Justice" by Mary Frances Berry

Speed Reader [10]
  • "Artful Players: Artistic Life in Early San Francisco" by Brigitta Hjalmarson
  • "Thirteen Tangos for Stravinsky" by Alvaro Cardona-Hine


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