Weekly Wire
Volume III, Issue 16
October 11 - October 18, 1999  

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Madman, P.I. [2]
Lethem creates a conventionally satisfying thriller while simultaneously transcending the well-worn genre.
Kathleen Tyau's "Makai" [3]
A revealing portrayal of two Chinese-Hawaiian women and their troublesome friendship is the focus of this lusciously descriptive novel.
— Christy Wegener, WEEKLY ALIBI
Deborah Levy's "Billy and Girl" [4]
Levy captures the tragedy of rejection through a colorful whirlwind of finely crafted dialogue and imagery.
— Christy Wegener, WEEKLY ALIBI

From the Archives
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Death Sentences
True crime tales have become a national obsession, both on TV and in print. We talk to one writer who goes beyond the gore to find the stories of people whose lives have been forever changed by these incidents.
— Jesse Fox Mayshark, METRO PULSE
California Schemin'
Denis Johnson's fifth novel, Already Dead: A California Gothic, establishes him as the high priest of literary losers-sorry self-haters who drift through life wishing to be anywhere but here.
— Stacey Richter, TUCSON WEEKLY



onathan Lethem has written a hard-boiled detective novel that manages to be conventionally satisfying while simultaneously transcending the well-worn genre by adhering closely to its conventions, then twisting them into strange new shapes.

A new biography of rocker Patti Smith is an occasionally insightful, ultimately disappointing chronicle of the artist's trailblazing career. If you're a fan, this is a story you've heard before.

Thick with vivid, picturesque details of island life, Kathleen Tyau's "Makai" serves equally as an adequate work of travel writing and an engaging novel.

Plus, a postmodern escape into the lives of two abandoned teen siblings, and some selections from the Weekly Wire archives.

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Bohemian Babe [5]
A new biography can't keep up with Patti Smith.
Now What? [6]
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.

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