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Volume I, Issue 47
April 27 - May 4, 1998

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The Texas Accent
The crossroads at which Texas Writers Month stands in its fifth year. [2]
Claiborne Smith


Fiction
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High Hopes
"Empire of the Ants" has been lauded everywhere -- and somewhat undeservedly. [3]
James DiGiovanna


Non-fiction
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Crack Shot
Philippe Bourgois, A San Francisco State University anthropologist, has spent five years in a Puerto Rican barrio in East Harlem studying the culture of crack. [4]
Gregory McNamee

Rock & A Hard Place
Jim Morrison, fallen rock god. Wow. [5]
James DiGiovanna


Now What?
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. [7]


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ey ho, Worm here. Not a lot of titles to read about this week, sorry. I don't want to make excuses, but I kinda-sorta lost control and binged on several of the week's books before anyone had time to read 'em. Oh golly, it was glorious. No not glorious...I mean, it was terrible. Now I'm really, really sorry, because now you don't have hardly any book reviews to enjoy and savor. Please accept my sincerest apologies.

I'll probably be punished. Perhaps they'll exile me to Texas, where the ground is dry and hot and inhospitable to worm life. Perhaps they will sic army ants upon me. Ouch, I surrender! Maybe they'll shoot me up with crack and watch me squirm. Or possibly speed. Or just squash me with a rock until I've reached the end, my beautiful friend.

Please, please don't do any of the above. Because I'm sorry. I really, really am. No more yummy books. Never ever.


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader
"History of My Heart" by Robert Pinsky; "Nobody Knows the Truffles I've Seen" by George Lang; "Chopin in Paris" by Tad Szulc; "The Club Dumas" by Arturo Perez-Reverte. [6]
Jeffrey Lee, Noah Masterson, Steven Robert Allen and Aaron Emmel


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