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jorge-argueta's picture
Jan.06.2008
Tetl’s skin is brown, his eyes are black, and his hair is long. He’s different from the other children, whose taunts wound him deeply, leaving him confused and afraid. But Tetl’s grandmother knows the ancient teachings of their Aztec ancestors, and how they viewed the earth as alive with sacred...
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Jan.04.2008
Farm lyrically recounts a year in the lives of Tom and Sally Bauer, solid Midwesterners who work the bottomlands of the Missouri River to grow “a harvest few city people could have identified ... the foundation of their diet, the principal food plant of the Western world”: corn. The two rise before...
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Jan.04.2008
Inland Ground is Richard Rhodes's first book. It was published quietly in 1970 to critical acclaim (The New York Times Book Review named it one of the best books of the year) but few sales. In the two decades that followed, Rhodes published ten more books, including A Hole in the World, Farm, and...
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Jan.04.2008
Mumbo Jumbo is Ishmael Reed’s brilliantly satiric deconstruction of Western civilization, a racy and uproarious commentary on our society. In it, Reed, one of our pre-eminent African-American authors, mixes portraits of historical figures and fictional characters with sound bites on subjects...
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Jan.04.2008
Despite the rabble-rousing subtitle, remarkable novelist and critic Reed offers far more than the erudite, colloquial confrontationalism with which he is often pigeon-holed. Essays sometimes focus on the virtues of crucial cultural figures, like Quincy Troupe, or contest divisive works by black...
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Dec.27.2007
On Sept. 11, 2001, the world was shaken to its foundations unlike on any other foundation-shaking day in the history of the world. Fortunately, Neal Pollack was a few miles away, In Brooklyn, and it only took him couple of hours to start writing. Unlike any other writer since the terrorist attacks...
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Dec.21.2007
In Shopping for Faith: American Religion in the New Millennium, Richard Cimino and Don Lattin identify the trends shaping American religion. They bring together the latest research with intimate portraits of Americans: their beliefs, their religious heritages, and their spiritual searching. From...
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Dec.21.2007
Hemophobes beware: There are five quarts of blood in the human body, and Hayes (Sleep Demons: An Insomniac’s Memoir) pours all of them into this book. A gay man living in San Francisco with an HIV-positive partner, Hayes uses his own encounters with blood’s ability to save and destroy lives as a...
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Dec.20.2007
Delving into such pastimes as kidnapping, prostitution, drug dealing, robbery, rape and murder, Bordertown is stunning story which combines Gifford’s fictional vignettes with real-life visual accounts of the many lost and desperate characters who haunt the towns along the U.S.-Mexico border. These...
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Dec.20.2007
“The more I make love, the more I want revolution; the more I make revolution, the more I want to make love.” In Paris, in May of 1968, revolution, and love are very much in the air. The barricades are going up, the students of the Sorbonne are taking to streets alive with the graffiti of revolt,...