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Volume II, Issue 25
December 14 - December 21, 1998  
 
Holiday Shopping
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Classics [2]
Who said a gift book had to be original?
— compiled by Nicholas Patterson, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
The Gift of Words [3]
Books under review and lots of literary gift ideas.
AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Other Box Sets [4]
These box sets only look literary, but they're more like toy sets for the literary-minded.
— Margaret Moser, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 
Gifts for Writers [5]
Gifts for writers.
— Belinda Acosta, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Features
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Kitchen Tools [6]
If cookbooks look more like travelogues than recipe collections these days, it not because they're losing their focus -- they just got into the diversity thing.
— Jason Weinzimer, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Non-fiction
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Captive Cowboys [7]
"God of the Rodeo," by Daniel Bergner, shows us why Angola State Prison is this nation's version of Devil's Island—if Devil's Island had a rodeo, that is.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Sex, Lies And Gasoline [8]
Where does Cher end and Marilyn Manson begin? Their new tell-all books may offer us mere mortals some clues.
— James DiGiovanna, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Tragic Trajectory [9]
"Obsession," by John Douglas and Mark Olshaker, navigates the dark world of sexual predators with impassioned conviction and justified outrage.
— Christopher Weir, TUCSON WEEKLY
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

'll be--tomes for Christmas! Open up the latest literary box sets with Austin Chronicle's Margaret Moser, check out some of the season's fictional treats, and page through a sampling of literary classics, fresh poetry and snazzy cookbooks proffered by the Boston Phoenix, along with great gift ideas for the writer in your life.

Bah, humbug! you say? Then you simply must peruse this week's non-fiction offerings. Trashy celebrities, prison athletes and sexual predators make for a brutal trifecta. Wrapping up the section are mini reviews from Weekly Alibi.


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [12]

  • Santa and Pete by Chistopher Moore and Pamela Johnson
  • The Physics of Christmas by Roger Highfield
  • Las Christmas by Esmeralda Santiago and Joie Davidow

Poetry
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Visions of Life [10]
Poetry never sleeps -- even at Christmas.
— Graham Christian, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Letters At 3 AM [11]
Where the Heart Begins: Reviewing Karen Holden's Book of Changes.
— Michael Ventura, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

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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