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Volume III, Issue 22
November 22 - November 29, 1999  

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Fantasy Figure [2]
A remarkable woman whose career spans two-thirds of the 20th century, writer Andre Norton is well-known to science fiction fans. She now lives in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Lonesome Traveler [3]
"Atop an Underwood" and "Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969" cover the beat legend's life from aspiring writer to disillusioned alcoholic.
— John Freeman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Non-fiction
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Natural Selection [5]
"Isaac's Storm" is Eric Larson's haunting retelling of America's worst-ever natural disaster, the super-hurricane of 1900 which destroyed most of Galveston, Texas.
— Tom Danehy, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Home on the Range [6]
Wisdom from the underbelly of Grand Central to the wide-open prairie.
— Leonard Gill, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Historical Idiocy [7]
"A Necessary Evil" is a fine study of an important aspect of American history and culture that needs to be examined and diffused before more people die, whether from bombs or neglect.
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Show and Tell [8]
Ian Glitter's coffee-table book, "Porn Star," tries to bring hard-core out from under the mattress and into the nation's living rooms.
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
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.
WEEKLY WIRE
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

lice Mary Norton started writing in high school, when she was on the staff of her school newspaper in Cleveland, Ohio. She began her first book in study hall. Because fantasy and adventure stories were seen as male turf, she became Andre Norton.

Two new volumes of material from Jack Kerouac, containing early writings and letters, have just been published, and together they explore the writer's intense love for America and his disillusionment with it.

"Isaac's Storm" is Eric Larson's haunting retelling of America's worst-ever natural disaster, the super-hurricane of 1900 which destroyed most of Galveston, Texas.

Also, a novel about life in the Soviet gulag, a memoir of life on the streets, and more.


Fiction
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Hard Times [4]
It is not souls but the details of the physical world that dominate novelist Martin Booth's "The Industry of Souls," and the romance of that world is just enough to make it an entertaining novel.
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [9]

  • "Eddie's Bastard" by William Kowalski
  • "The Dark Heart of Time" by Philip José Farmer
  • "Fortress of Owls" by C. J. Cherryh
  • "What Salmon Know" by Elwood Reid


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