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Volume III, Issue 25
December 13 - December 20, 1999  

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Count Her In [2]
For 30 years, article by article, Denise Schmandt-Besserat has built an ironclad case to explain a mystery that foiled archeologists, anthropologists, and philosophers for hundreds of years.
— Ada Calhoun, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Fiction
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Selling Short [3]
Some of 1999's most exciting debuts, including Jhumpa Lahiri's and Nathan Englander's, have been in the short form.
— John Freeman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Christmas in New Mexico [4]
N. Scott Momaday's memory of his first magic Christmas has been transformed into a wonderful children's book.
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Kidding Around [5]
Can a kid learn more about real life from books than "Dawson's Creek"?
— Margaret Wappler, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Bedtime Stories [6]
Those long winter nights seem shorter -- and warmer -- with good fiction.
— Michael Bronski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Amazing Disgrace [7]
Disgrace chronicles not only the consequences of one man's fall, but those of the reordering of an entire society.
— Christine Wald-Hopkins, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Now What? [13]
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:

r. Denise Schmandt-Besserat's great discovery that the origins of writing are actually found in counting began, as most such groundbreaking work does, with a seemingly unrelated pursuit: "What are all these little bits of clay?"

During the past year, an astonishing six short-story collections hit the New York Times bestseller list. And some of the year's most exciting debuts were made in the short form.

"Circle of Wonder," by N. Scott Momaday, is a very simple story of peace and community designed to teach the value of communion with nature and humanity.

Plus, memoirs from African American women, Noam Chomsky on Kosovo, real life in kids' books, fiction to snuggle up with, and more.


Non-fiction
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Moanin' the Blues [8]
Memoirs from African American women offer compelling narratives.
— Diann Blakely, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Comic Release [9]
A pair of bios about the late--depending on what you believe--comedian Andy Kaufman uncover but don't always reveal.
— Keir Graff, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Chomsky At The Bit [10]
Trying to focus on Noam's lofty level while reading "The New Military Humanism: Lessons From Kosovo."
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Water World [11]
Two aquatic travelogues try to reel in readers.
— Sam Jemielity, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Gunning For Position [12]
Garry Wills' new look at government history works to crush myth America.
— Brett McNeil, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 


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