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Volume III, Issue 11
September 7 - September 13, 1999  
 
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Fiction
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Tales of the City [4]
David Gates' short stories dig into the lives of isolated suburbanites.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
The Rhythm of the Waves [5]
Alesandro Baricco's "Ocean Sea."
— Valerie Yarberry, WEEKLY ALIBI
 

Non-fiction
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Memoir of a Cuban Childhood [6]
An unsentimental account of a young girl in the early days of Fidel Castro's regime.
— Ann Peterpaul, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Tracing The Mexican-American Past [7]
Manuel G. Gonzales reveals what's in a label and more in "Mexicanos: A History of Mexicans in the United States."
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Plundered Province [8]
The concept of Western American literature may be misleading.
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Monk's Dream [9]
Jazz pianist/author Laurent de Wilde blends fact with fantasy in Thelonious Monk biography.
— Michael Henningsen, WEEKLY ALIBI
 
Now What? [10]
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:

y placing himself in the middle of history and writing about events with a novelist's imagination, Norman Mailer revolutionized the way we look at the relationship between fact and fiction.

Keir Graff wonders what has happened to the memoir, formerly a capstone to a well-lived life, now sadly turned into a full-front revelation, once recording the wisdom of a lifetime, now just getting back at mommy and daddy.

Flor Fernandez Barrios has written a memoir that might please Graff. It is an unsentimental, bare-boned memoir of a young girl in the early days of Fidel Castro's regime.

Also, a collection of short stories by David Gates, Alesandro Baricco's dark and complex "Ocean Sea," a history of Mexicans in the United States, a biography of Thelonious Monk, and more.

Features
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Rebel Without Applause [2]
To hear Norman Mailer tell it, the world has already gone to hell.
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Remember Memoir [3]
Whatever happened to memoir?
— Keir Graff, NEWCITY CHICAGO
 


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