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Image is Everything
From Palm Springs architecture to Egyptian treasures, this year's art books serve a greater purpose than just being giant coffetable coasters. [12-28-99]
— Michael Joseph Gross, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Culinary Oscars
From soufflés to butter cookies, 1999 was a defining year for practical and well-written cookbooks. [12-28-99]
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Past Presents
When Y2K has been long forgotten, reading a good biography might be the perfect way to put the future in perspective. [12-20-99]
— Michael Bronski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Coup d'État
Add to that millennial paranoia with a list of books that satisfy the radical within. [12-20-99]
— Damon Smith, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Selling Short
Some of 1999's most exciting debuts, including Jhumpa Lahiri's and Nathan Englander's, have been in the short form. [12-13-99]
— John Freeman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Not-So-Free TV
From "Seinfeld" to "The Beverly Hillbillies," there's enough good (and bad) TV reading in bookstores to keep your wallet empty this holiday season. [12-13-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Bedtime Stories
Those long winter nights seem shorter -- and warmer -- with good fiction. [12-13-99]
— Michael Bronski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Dream Lover
Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman: The Dream Hunters," succeeds in marrying storytelling and fine art, but fans looking for the illustrated novelist's old style are likely to be disappointed. [12-07-99]
— Susannah Mandel, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Code Warriors
In "The Code Book," Simon Singh weds historiography and science writing in an admirably lucid account of the evolution of cryptography. [12-07-99]
— Damon Smith, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Uncommon Sense
Ellen Willis's "Don't Think, Smile!" reminds us that integrity and human dignity, a quick wit and dead-on style, offer us the hope that we can make sense of this PC-riddled world. [11-29-99]
— Michael Bronski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Cob Web
Michael Lewis's Silicon Valley-based "The New New Thing" delivers some laughs and spoonfuls of insider details, but what's surprising is how... how dull it is. [11-29-99]
— Jason Gay, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Show and Tell
Ian Glitter's coffee-table book, "Porn Star," tries to bring hard-core out from under the mattress and into the nation's living rooms. [11-22-99]
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Lonesome Traveler
"Atop an Underwood" and "Jack Kerouac: Selected Letters 1957-1969" cover the beat legend's life from aspiring writer to disillusioned alcoholic. [11-22-99]
— John Freeman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Hard Times
It is not souls but the details of the physical world that dominate novelist Martin Booth's "The Industry of Souls," and the romance of that world is just enough to make it an entertaining novel. [11-22-99]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

A Place At The Table
Michael Downing's "Breakfast with Scot" in an introspective tale about two gay men made uncomfortable by the presence of an undeniable sissy. [11-15-99]
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

A Guy Thing
In "Stiffed," Susan Faludi attempts to prove that the '90s man is in the midst of a collective identity crisis brought on by society's emphasis on looks, power, and stardom. [11-15-99]
— Megan Harlan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Up Your Nose
British satirist Will Self's novel "The Sweet Smell of Psychosis" takes on the catty, rumor-ridden world of media hacks. [11-08-99]
— Katherine Guckenberger, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

As Time Goes By
The strength of David Huddle's new novel, "The Story of a Million Years," lies in his characters' ability to surprise us by rising above their flaws and the flaws of those they love. [11-08-99]
— David Valdes Greenwood, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Poor House
In his reworked edition of "The Underclass," Ken Auletta takes a hard look at the underbelly of the American economy. [11-01-99]
— Damon Smith, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Love Stinks
Czech writer Ivan Klima's short-story collection "Lovers for a Day" paints a discouraging portrait on love in a Cold War country. [11-01-99]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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