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Volume III, Issue 37
March 6 - March 13, 2000  

Features
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Brotherly Love [2]
The tragic-comic story of Dave Eggers.
— Ashley Fantz, MEMPHIS FLYER
 
Hardboiled Eggers [3]
At a bookstore appearance, Dave Eggers adds a new chapter to his life story.
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Boy Raises Man [4]
"A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" often sidesteps grief and even undermines its critics by slyly layering the self-deprecation.
— Stuart Wade, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Non-fiction
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Boy, Girl, Boy [7]
John Colapinto's, "As Nature Made Him," the story of a boy who was raised as a girl due to a botched circumcision, mixes fascinating questions with an irresistible narrative.
— Julia Hanna, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Powers Trip [8]
Ann Powers makes a lively tour guide in "Weird Like Us: My Bohemian America."
— Lee Gardner, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Seventies Heaven [9]
New books weigh in on the decade that brought us both Fat Albert and Watergate.
— Sam Weller, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Aural Examination [10]
The Spacewurm catapults voyeurism into the 21st century.
— Jeff Yanc, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Told in Pictures [11]
It's an illustrated book by a famous children's author. But Raymond Briggs' new book isn't for kids.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Turned Off [12]
Timothy Leary's The Delicious Grace of Moving One's Hand: The Collected Sex Writings.
— Os Davis, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
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.
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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

ave Eggers is a smart, observant, and tender new voice whose work may not need its hyperbolic title ("A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius") but may deserve it anyway. Our Memphis Flyer reviewer says this young man's memoir "plucks the heart strings of America." The author himself seems uneasy with reaction to his book during a stop on a reading tour in Chicago. Rounding out our special package is a review/interview from the Austin Chronicle that may or may not capture some of the essence of Eggers' work.

When it comes to sex, context is everything. Which our reviewer suggests goes a long way to describing why one new collection of erotic fiction is better than another.

The story of a boy who was raised as a girl after a surgical accident is a "fascinating puzzle" put together by John Colapinto, a book which packs an irresistible narrative force from start to finish.

Also, a new psychological thriller from Margot Livesey, a trip through bohemian America, two new takes on the Seventies, and more.


Fiction
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Come On! [5]
Checking the pulse of modern erotica.
— Ellen Fox, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 
Totalled Recall [6]
In person as in her new novel, "The Missing World," Margot Livesey is just as good at defeating expectation as she is at building it.
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [13]

  • "A Home in the Heart of the City" by Kathleen Hirsch
  • "Reap" by Eric Rickstad
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