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Volume III, Issue 3
July 12 - July 19, 1999  
 
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Women On and Beyond the Verge [2]
2 books, 2 views.
— Leonard Gill and Susan Ellis, MEMPHIS FLYER
 

Mini Reviews
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Country of Exiles? [6]

  • "Country of Exiles" by William Leach
  • "Home Town" by Tracy Kidder
  • "A Rock and a Hard Place" by Darryl Wimberley
  • "Why Not Me?" by Al Franken
  • "Close Range: Wyoming Stories" by Annie Proulx
  • "Life in the Air Ocean" by Sylvia Foley
  • "The Miracle of Castel di Sangro" by Joe McGinniss
  • "Intimacy" by Hanif Kureishi
 
Off the Bookshelf [7]
  • "Poachers" by Tom Franklin
  • "Interior With Sudden Joy" by Brenda Shaughnessy
  • "The Alfred Hitchcock Triviography and Quiz Book" by Kathleen Kaska
 
Now What? [8]
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:

wo reviewers take on two books that examine wildly disparate images of women. From the early '70s arises "Maiden," a novel about a 30-year-old virgin in Los Angeles, a still-funny satire that hasn't lost any of its bite. At a different place on the spectrum is Leora Tanenbaum's collection of interviews with women who were branded as sluts and the price they paid.

Neal Stephenson is back with "Cryptonomicon," a story of gold and of secrets, of doomed imperial ambition and modern ventures of bewildering complexity.

"The Fencing Master" is Arturo Pérez-Reverte's fourth mystery novel published in the United States and offers murder and political intrigue in 1860s Madrid.

The soft drink industry gets sent up in "Syrup," a satire of a backstabbing, Darwinian ecosystem where only the most cunning survive.


Fiction
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Electronic Impulse [3]
Stephenson blends silicon and reality splendidly.
— Dan Parslow, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Dual Success [4]
With considerable art Arturo Pérez-Reverte integrates obscure knowledge with a rousing narrative.
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Colamity [5]
Maxx Barry concocts a hilarious satire of the soft-drink industry in "Syrup."
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 


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