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Volume II, Issue 47
May 17 - May 24, 1999  
 
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Fiction
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A Great American Novelist [2]
Leslie Marmon Silko's "Gardens in the Dunes".
— Gregory Wright, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Unbearably Good [3]
Newcomer Nathan Englander's short-story collection, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," speaks in a bold voice with a whiff of prophecy.
— John Freeman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Lost Cause Found [4]
Hanson shows how two worlds as far apart as the Southwestern desert and a Pacific island can have more in common than geography might suggest.
— Emil Franzi, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Son Of A Gun [5]
Even with a well-worn plot, Grove keeps the pages turning.
— Johnny D. Boggs, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Non-fiction
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Dead Letters [6]
S. Paige Bay's "E-mail Trouble" plays games with a sad tale of looking for love online.
— Michael Joseph Gross, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Now What? [9]
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:

n her latest novel, "Gardens in the Dunes," Leslie Marmon Silko provides a compelling argument that modifiers other than 'novelist' serve only to limit her audience. Her latest work is a fully-realized, robust novel in the finest tradition of the form.

It will be no surprise if Nathan Englander's first story collection wins the National Book Award. It is not just the clarity and virtuosity of the stories that makes them outstanding. Englander's voice is bold and unwavering.

Paige Baty's "E-mail Trouble" plays the kind of game whose consequences it decries. The style is obscure and obtuse, yet so faithful to its tragic trajectory that you can't stop reading, as you can't not look at a train wreck.

Plus a novel from Down Under, a Western, and a shelf full of quick glances.


Mini Reviews
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Off The Bookshelf [7]

  • "Falling Slowly," by Anita Brookner
  • "Panhandle Cowboy," by John R. Erickson
  • "The Coldest Winter Ever," by Sister Souljah
  • "The Sweet Potato Queens' Book of Love," by Jill Conner Browne
 
Speed Reader [8]
  • "Celebrating the Coyote" by Barbara Waters
  • "Milk in My Coffee" by Eric Jerome Dickey
  • "Byron" by Benita Eisler
  • "Diary of a Santa Fe Cat" by Peggy van Hulsteyn
 


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