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Volume III, Issue 35
February 21 - February 28, 2000  

Features
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American Heritage [2]
African American titles affirm importance of black history.
— Diann Blakely, NASHVILLE SCENE
 

Non-fiction
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When the Seas of Argument Rise [5]
Simon Blackburn's "Think" manages to convince us that philosophy does have practical applications.
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
In Your Hands [6]
In a new book, "Bringing Up Ziggy," a monkey helps a family evolve.
— Jesse Pool, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Bordering Cultures [7]
"Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation" is one minority family's balance sheet of the American 20th century.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Inward Journey [8]
An author looks inside and finds a voice that speaks the truth.
— Mary Allison Cates, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Feeling Lonesome [9]
Larry McMurty and the death of storytelling.
— George Shadroui, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
French Quarter Tickler [10]
"The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld" chronicles a powerful whoremonger's 40-year career.
— Ellen Fox, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Not So Prophetable [11]
David Brancaccio racks up a no-sale with "Squandering Aimlessly: My Adventures in the American Marketplace."
— Ben Winters, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Rilke Got Me Going [12]
William H. Gass offers a splendidly parsed appreciation in "Reading Rilke: Reflections on the Problems of Translation."
— Ray Pride, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Now What? [14]
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:

ebruary is Black History Month, and as the titles from a variety of publishers -- both mainstream and independent -- suggest, Black History is American History, and some crucial chapters of the American experience can only be told from the black point of view.

Simon Blackburn has written "Think" in defense of philosophy as a practical tool for making sense of the world in which we live, and though it may give you a headache, it's still a fun read.

Raising a monkey isn't like having a pet, it's more like raising a child, according to Andrea Campbell, who relates her family's experiences in "Bringing Up Ziggy."

Also, a collection of stories from Alice Elliott Dark, a memoir of the Mexican-American experience in the United States, lessons in finding a vocation, and more.


Fiction
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The Right Stuff [3]
Alice Elliott Dark's rich characterization and psychological insight drives her first collection of short stories, "In The Gloaming."
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Germanic Impression [4]
With "Simple Stories: A Novel from the East German Provinces," Ingo Schulze provides literary snapshots of the interactions that make up the real meat of life.
— Nathan Matteson, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [13]

  • "Wild Child: Girlhoods in the Counterculture"
  • "Little Gray Men: Roswell and the Rise of a Popular Culture"


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