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Volume III, Issue 15
October 4 - October 11, 1999  

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'Broke Heart Blues' [4]
In her 29th novel, Joyce Carol Oates offers a timely and piercing view of American culture.
— Mladen Baudrand, WEEKLY ALIBI
Goat Stories Etcetera [5]
Simon J. Ortiz's "Men on the Moon: Collected Short Stories."
— Steven Robert Allen, WEEKLY ALIBI
See No Evil [6]
Chuck Palahniuk follows up "Fight Club" with "Invisible Monsters," an off-the-wall transsexual tale.
— Shelly Ridenour, NEWCITY CHICAGO

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Soul Searching [7]
Though elusive about the events of her life, Carson McCullers's memoirs shed fresh light on her work.
— Graham Christian, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
Peaceful Fighters [8]
Four Nashville women join forces to speak honestly and courageously about breast cancer.
Lost in Translation [9]
Two new books on poet Rainer Maria Rilke prove how easy it is to get lost in translation.
'Open Range and Parking Lots' [10]
Virgil Hancock is very good at documenting our everyday downfall, but many images don't pack enough punch.
— Mary Walling Blackburn, WEEKLY ALIBI
Now What? [11]
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.



ony Earley has been called nothing less than "the future of American fiction," and his first novel isn't even being printed until next June. But his book of short stories has already marked him as a writer of distinction.

Adam Hochschild talks about his new book, "King Leopold's Ghost," which describes how Belgium's Leopold, frantic to carve for himself a colonial empire at the end of the 19th century, let loose a system of terror in which entire Congolese villages were forced to harvest rubber or face death.

Southern writer Carson McCullers' memoir, long withheld by her literary estate, is a kind of apology for the dwindling of her talent and a summation of the ideas and images that haunted the last years of her life.

Also new fiction from Joyce Carol Oates, Simon J. Ortiz, and Chuck Palahniuk, and fighting breast cancer, translating poetry, and more.

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Rising Earley [2]
He might be an unassuming Vanderbilt English professor, but Tony Earley's talents are large indeed. Given the copious praise he's earned in literary circles, expectations are high for his debut novel.
— Beverly Keel, Photos By Eric England, NASHVILLE SCENE
Corruption in the Congo [3]
Adam Hochschild talks about his book "King Leopold's Ghost."
— Tamara Straus, MEMPHIS FLYER

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