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Volume III, Issue 27
December 28, 1999 - January 3, 2000  

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Image is Everything [2]
From Palm Springs architecture to Egyptian treasures, this year's art books serve a greater purpose than just being giant coffetable coasters.
— Michael Joseph Gross, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 
Culinary Oscars [3]
From soufflés to butter cookies, 1999 was a defining year for practical and well-written cookbooks.
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX
 

Non-fiction
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Up In Smoke [5]
Is the perception of Native Americans as intuitive, spiritual ecologists an accurate one?
— Randall Holdridge, TUCSON WEEKLY
 
Eyes to the Skies [6]
Joel Achenbach's entertaining look at our obsession with UFOs.
— Michael Sims, NASHVILLE SCENE
 
Now What? [7]
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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LETTER FROM THE EDITOR:

he Boston Phoenix checks in this week with recommendations regarding the best art, photography, and architecture books of the year, as well as a selection of great cookbooks from the past 12 months.

Just like Europeans, indigenous Americans manipulated and altered the environment for what they perceived as their self-interest, and the first European arrivals actually found an ecosystem marked by thousands of years of industrious human intervention.

In its insistently dark vision and ornate language, "The Long Home," William Gay's first book, makes a deep bow to two Southern masters, William Faulkner and Cormac McCarthy.

Also, an exploration of all the colorful ways that our imaginations have been captured by the idea of aliens from outer space.


Fiction
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Southern Accents [4]
William Gay spins a story of Southern evil in "The Long Home."
— Gregory McNamee, TUCSON WEEKLY


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