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The Music of Ideas
In his "Picnic on the Moon." poet Charles Coe's tone is humble, self-effacing, implying a sigh and a roll of the eyes and a good-natured "Here's what it's taken me years to learn!" [07-19-99]
— Catherine A. Salmons, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Incomplete Guide
Melissa Bank's "The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" leaves readers in search of more. [07-19-99]
— Katherine Guckenberger, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Physical Examination
In "The Male Body," Susan Bordo takes a long, hard (ahem) look at her subject. [07-05-99]
— Megan Harlan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Body Works
Natalie Angier's "Woman: An Intimate Geography" debunks sexist myths with a world-class nonsense detector. [07-05-99]
— Susan Miron, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Flame Out
A.M. Homes's new novel, "Music for Torching," makes even adultery and violence seem tame. [06-21-99]
— Michael Bronski, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Fightin' Words
Jean Moorcroft's biography of World War One poet Siegfried Sassoon makes the case for bearable misfortune. [06-21-99]
— Graham Christian, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Translation
Indian/British/American author Jhumpa Lahiri's short-story collection "Interpreter of Maladies" fills all the cultural gaps. [06-14-99]
— Katherine Guckenberger, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Living in Oblivion
Edith Anderson's "Love in Exile" is a moving memoir of life in postwar Berlin, told by a Jewish-American emigre. [06-14-99]
— Susan Miron, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Tortured Legacy
In "Twilight of the Wagners," a descendant of the great composer wrestles with his ancestor's racism. [06-07-99]
— Adam Kirsch, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Table Talk
"In the Grip of Strange Thoughts," a recent anthology of Russian poetry, is richly ambient, dynamic, emotional, and thoroughly researched. [06-07-99]
— Catherine A. Salmons, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rushdie's Rock Opera
Salman Rushdie misses a few beats in "The Ground Beneath Her Feet." [06-07-99]
— Eric Grode, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Summer Reading
A suggested reading list for the lazy, hazy days of summer. [06-01-99]
— Robert David Sullivan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Dispatches
War correspondent turned novelist Ward Just minds his manners. [05-24-99]
— Peter Kadzis, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Unbearably Good
Newcomer Nathan Englander's short-story collection, "For the Relief of Unbearable Urges," speaks in a bold voice with a whiff of prophecy. [05-17-99]
— John Freeman, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Dead Letters
S. Paige Bay's "E-mail Trouble" plays games with a sad tale of looking for love online. [05-17-99]
— Michael Joseph Gross, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Wedding Blows
Suzanne Finnamore's "Otherwise Engaged" is a pre-nup joyride. [05-10-99]
— Megan Harlan, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

The Curse of O'Nan
In his new novel, "A Prayer for the Dying," Stewart O'Nan explores the landscape of affliction. [05-10-99]
— Chris Wright, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Rushdie Rocks
Salman Rushdie breathes easier these days, but public appearances promoting his new rock-and-roll novel can be exhausting. [05-10-99]
— Peter Kadzis, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

Off Point
In "Various Voices," a new collection of writings by Harold Pinter, the author's stridency too often clouds his message. [04-19-99]
— Eric Grode, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

High Society
Venetia Murray's "An Elegant Madness" documents the absurd excesses of 18th-century England. [04-19-99]
— Charles Davis, THE BOSTON PHOENIX

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