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Volume II, Issue 16
October 12 - October 19, 1998  
 
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Death Sentences [2]
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
 
The Art of Empathy [3]
Historian/biographer Douglass Shand-Tucci reveals how his own life helped him understand Boston icon Isabella Stewart Gardner.
— Douglass Shand-Tucci, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Point of Sale [4]
How books are sold before you buy them, and the politics of placement.
— Claiborne Smith, AUSTIN CHRONICLE
 

Fiction
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The Reporters' War [5]
"Reporting Vietnam," a massive new anthology of reports from the front, shows that the worst fighting often produces the best writing.
— Scott Stossel, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Mysterious Mogul [6]
American industrialist John D. Rockefeller was one helluva conniving, vicious businessman. He was also America's greatest philanthropic do-gooder. A new biography explains his schizophrenia.
— James Jay, TUCSON WEEKLY
 

Non-fiction
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Moore, Please! [7]
You don't approach a Lorrie Moore short story the way you would just any short story.
— Stephan Faris, TUCSON WEEKLY
 


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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

rue crime, as a genre, was championed by Truman Capote and Norman Mailer. Many believe it's brightest light is Jerry Bledsoe, a journalist, novelist, and freelance writer. Metro Pulse's Jerry Fox Mayshark takes us through his stumble into the genre, and his promise to make his latest book his last of the type.

Claiborne Smith from Austin Chronicle takes us to the seamy back rooms of the book black market in "Point of Sale." OK, not really, but he does give us a glimpse at how books get from publisher to bookstore.

Reviews this week include the Library of America's "Reporting Vietnam: American Journalism 1959-1975 ," Ron Chernow's biography of John D. Rockefeller, and Lorrie Moore's "Birds of America."


Mini Reviews
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Speed Reader [8]

  • "The Way to Bright Star" by Dee Brown
  • "Reservation Road" by John Burnham Schwartz
  • "Bunny Modern" by David Bowman
  • "Watermelon Nights" by Greg Sarris

Now What? [9]
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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