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November 22, 2006

One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson: A Review 0

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With One Good Turn, Kate Atkinson returns to Jackson Brodie, the hero of her last novel, Case Histories. However, where Case Histories was dark and brooding, dwelling on and in the troubled pasts of many of the book’s characters, One Good Turn is antic and madcap. It should come as no surprise then that the […]

November 13, 2006

Amazing Grace 3

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A Review of Dave Eggers’ What is the What On paper, Edward P. Jones and Dave Eggers seem to have little in common. The former grew up poor in predominantly African-American Northeast D.C., made his critical reputation with a collection of deceptively understated short stories, and even after a National Book Award nomination, continued to […]

November 8, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: November 2006 8

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It’s official. I’m done! This month, I finally finished my Penguin Pockets 70th Anniversary Box Set. I read nearly every page over a broken, two-month period (the first month – my Millions debut – can be found here). It was a difficult, grueling battle, but I made it through with only a few bruises and […]

October 20, 2006

The Country Gentleman with the Mean Left Hook 2

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I must’ve been terribly annoying when I was twenty. Infuriating and insufferable, I was so sure I knew all I needed to know about music and literature. One could document my tunnel-vision with loads of examples, but two stand out in my mind. The first was musical. At the time, my knowledge of The Kinks […]

October 15, 2006

Without Feathers by Woody Allen: An Appreciation 4

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When was the last time you read something from the humor section? It’s probably been a while. If memory serves, that particular bookstore ghetto is filled with quickly dated political humor, books of redneck jokes, and similar diversions: Books some people might buy as gifts for non-readers, but never for themselves. Others wisely steer clear […]

October 13, 2006

Newjack by Ted Conover: A Review 0

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When officials at the New York State Department of Correctional Services turned down Ted Conover’s request to profile a new recruit in the Albany Training Academy, they did not suspect that the author would apply himself. If they had, Conover’s application to become a CO – correctional officer – probably would not have gone through. […]

October 11, 2006

The Empire Writes Back 1

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Kenyan writer and political dissident Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s seventh novel, Wizard of the Crow, is unquestionably a work of epic ambition – a quality American readers once found commendable, and perhaps still do. Its achievements are doubly impressive, in that Ngugi first penned this 300,000-word tale of tyranny and freedom in his native Gikuyu, and […]

October 8, 2006

Genius + Soul 0

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It creeps up on me in the middle of a Friday, like the gnawing sensation of possibly having left the oven on: I haven’t been reading enough Lynne Tillman. Thus I don’t know if there’s a precedent for this charming, maddening, brilliant, painstaking, and utterly mesmeric book. Certainly, there are shades of Hemingway and Stein […]

October 4, 2006

The Diviners by Rick Moody: A Review 3

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It didn’t take long to discover that, as an introduction to Rick Moody’s writing, The Diviners is a poor choice, though at least I know that The Ice Storm, considered by many to be his best work and an exceptional novel in its own right, is still out there. I don’t have to give up […]

October 2, 2006

The Corey Vilhauer Book of the Month Club: October 2006 1

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I’m not ashamed to admit it. I was young once. So were you. Of course, there are lots of things I’m ashamed to admit about my youth. But I’m not ashamed to say that I was young at one time, and that during that one time I may have done things that were entirely “not […]