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May 18 - May 26, 1998  
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Jerusalem Syndrome [2]
With "Damascus Gate," thriller-writer Robert Stone proves why he's outlasted Le Carre and Greene.
The Bloody Southwest [3]
The American West was created by scavenging armed gangs whose horses and carts forded the rivers of blood they spilled. Such is the history that Cormac McCarthy urges on us in "Blood Meridian."
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY

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Voice of Experience [4]
In "When Memory Speaks," Jill Ker Conway examines the appeal of modern autobiography.
— Gina Luria Walker, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Media Play [5]
Gannett's money-grubbing, ass-kissing, community-screwing, news-impaired, dumbed-down, chart-infested, color-addled, brain-dead corporate papers suck, and Richard McCord tells you why.
— Marc K. Stengel and Elaine Phillips, NASHVILLE SCENE
Land, Laws and California Dreamin' [6]
Peter Schrag's "Paradise Lost" uses an analysis of California's recent political history to educate people about their own.
— Todd Gibson, WEEKLY ALIBI
Take a Hike [7]
Best-selling travel writer Bill Bryson talks about his witty, often irreverent, "A Walk in the Woods" -- which has some critical words for the Smoky Mountains' Park Service.
— Tracy Jones, METRO PULSE
Feminist Theorizing [8]
"Sleeping With Random Beasts," by Karin Goodwin, follows the popular lineage for the feminist tell-all.
— Mari Wadsworth, TUCSON WEEKLY
Small, Small World [9]
In "A Field Guide to the Invisible," author Wayne Biddle makes a weirdly fun, if sometimes unappetizing, inquiry into the unseen world of microbes, germs, and deities.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY



o many books, so little time. I can't tell you how many reviews of perfectly wonderful, mind-bending, reality-enhancing books I've read in this books section, yet didn't have a chance to read. I've already got a reading list a few pages long.

That said, here's the latest crop of reviews. If you're into fiction, read up on Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian" or Robert Stone's thriller, "Damascus Gate." (An interview with Stone follows the review.)

But the emphasis is really on non-fiction this week. Jill Kerr's "When Memory Speaks" takes a stab at understanding autobiographies; Richard McCord's "The Chain Gang" documents one newspaper's fight against the cutthroat competitive practices of the Gannett newspaper chain; and Howard Kurtz's "Spin Cycle" (to be found at the end of the McCord review) examines Clinton's public-relations strategies.

There's also a feminist tell-all; and books about California politics, the joys of travel writing, and the wacky world of microbes. If you read any of the above, share what you learn with us.

Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [10]
"Altars and Icons" by Jean McMann; "Fist of Sun" by Ferruccio Brugnaro; "Chocolate Jesus" by Stephan Jaramillo; "Everything Reverberates" compiled by Chronicle Books.
— Nick Creek, Butch Phelps, Jenni L.X. Scharn, Blake de Pastino, WEEKLY ALIBI
The Texan Gamut [11]
Books by Texans, books about Texans: reviews of Kinky Friedman, a volume of Latin American photography, REYOUNG, and Randy Lee Eickhoff.

Now What? [12]
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