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Object Lessons
Sandra Shea, author of "The Realm of Secondhand Souls," believes that even the most boring household things have personalities, especially computers. [04-10-00]
— Jumana Farouky, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Getting Tipsy
Malcolm Gladwell's clear prose and insightful reporting push his discourse on the spread of social epidemics, "The Tipping Point," past the mundane. [04-10-00]
— Jon Garelick, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Where's the Iron?
Dubbed by Simon and Schuster as his "anti-memoir," Dave Eggers's "A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius" is so full of irksome irony that it's worth a read. [04-03-00]
— William Corbett, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Still in Motion
Novelist Kate Wheeler is doing as much as any contemporary writer to rehabilitate the art of travel writing. [04-03-00]
— John Freeman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Darwin and the Deity
Kenneth Miller's "Finding Darwin's God" and John Haught's "God After Darwin" both suggest new ways of understanding God without subscribing to fundamentalist religion and materialist science. [03-28-00]
— Jeffrey Gantz, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Urban Renewal
E.L. Doctorow sprinkles his novel about a priest's lengthy spiritual struggle, "City of God," with parallels and themes straight from Judeo-Christian texts. [03-20-00]
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Shooting War
"Time" war photographer James Nachtwey's "Inferno" hammers home the harsh realities of the carnage that marked '90s. [03-13-00]
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Earth Bound
The true hero of Gustaf Sobin's "The Fly-Truffler" is the novel's spare and lucid prose and the vanishing culture of Provence. [03-13-00]
— William Corbett, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Totalled Recall
In person as in her new novel, "The Missing World," Margot Livesey is just as good at defeating expectation as she is at building it. [03-06-00]
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Boy, Girl, Boy
John Colapinto's, "As Nature Made Him," the story of a boy who was raised as a girl due to a botched circumcision, mixes fascinating questions with an irresistible narrative. [03-06-00]
— Julia Hanna, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Role Reversals
John Updike's his prequel to "Hamlet," "Gertrude and Claudius," is more of an interesting essay on Shakespeare than a captivating novel. [02-28-00]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Active Eye
Justin Spring's biography Fairfield Porter explores the 20th-century painter's controversial personal life and how it influenced his art. [02-28-00]
— William Corbett, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

The Right Stuff
Alice Elliott Dark's rich characterization and psychological insight drives her first collection of short stories, "In The Gloaming." [02-21-00]
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Unforgettable
The only thing remarkable about Daniel Mark Epstein's biography of Nat King Cole is the subject himself. [02-14-00]
— Michael Freedberg, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Oral History
Jeffrey Toobin's "A Vast Conspiracy" is easily the sharpest and most entertaining account of the Clinton-Lewinsky sinkhole to date. [02-14-00]
— Jason Gay, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Stay Outta FL
"Miami Herald" columnist Carl Hiaasen's newest fiction, "Sick Puppy," and a collection of his columns, "Kick Ass," are heavy on details and light on subtlety. [01-31-00]
— Mark Bazer, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Nurturing Nature
A new collection combines John James Audubon's writings with his illustrations to provide us with a broader picture of his achievements and mythic grandeur. [01-10-00]
— Franklin Burroughs, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

My Favorite Things
1999 produced enough meaningful poetry collections and anthologies to please budding readers and seasoned aficionados. [01-10-00]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

International Affairs
Some of the best non-fiction in 1999 has dealt with explaining the atrocities of war in the 20th century. [01-03-00]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Happily Potted
There's enough humor and fantasy in J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" to remind us why we started reading novels in the first place. [01-03-00]
— Charles Taylor, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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