Book Reviews

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Jumping for that Elusive Truth

Novelist Christian Bauman ponders the triumphs and tribulations of memoirists James Frey and Anthony Swofford and the lure of the publishing industry’s nonfiction fix

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Welcome to the Vanishing Point: A Shadow in the City: Confessions of an Undercover Drug Warrior by Charles Bowden

O’Shay wants to retire from his job. He wants to walk away from what has become too easy for him—getting close to his enemies and then destroying them.

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The Literature of Poker

Anyone with an email account or a television is aware that the popularity of the game of poker is at an all-time high.

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Twisted Love: A Review of Carrie Kabak’s Cover the Butter

The primary question on Katie’s mind is, how did she lose control of her life?

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Review of Matt Mason’s When the Bough Breaks

Angie Kritenbrink reviews prominent Omaha poet’s latest chapbook

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Review of Alice Munro’s Runaway

Angie Kritenbrink reviews Alice Munro’s newest collection of stories

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Review of Patricia O’Brien’s The Glory Cloak

The Glory Cloak, the new book by Patricia O’Brien, is a lot of fun to read.

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Review of Edwidge Danticat’s The Dew Breaker

Angie Kritenbrink reviews The Dew Breaker by Edwidge Danticat

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Like Camphor in Fire: Elizabeth Kadetsky’s First There is a Mountain

Colette LaBouff reviews First There Is a Mountain: A Yoga Romance by Elizabeth Kadetsky

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A Deeply Intellectual Review of Kate Atkinson’s Not The End of the World

Matt Borondy reviews Kate Atkinson’ Not the End of the World. Sort of.

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A Review of Craig Childs’ Soul of Nowhere

The best thing I can say about the good luck this book brought me is that I didn’t develop my current illness until after reading it and moving on to another.

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Portrait of the Author as a Revolutionary: Matthew Flaming Reviews Ian Spiegelman’s Everyone’s Burning

The marketing attached to Ian Spiegelman’s first novel, Everyone’s Burning, is a masterpiece in this genre of the subtle sell.

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The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Writer: The Work of David Castleman

Castleman’s writing bears the indelible stamp of being the work of an outsider; his stories and prose are the words of a loner.

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Death Writ Small: Matthew Flaming Reviews Adam Voith’s Stand Up, Ernie Baxter: You’re Dead

Ernie Baxter begins with the death of the eponymous character, a small-time stand up comedian from the Midwest, who watches and narrates from heaven as his friends and family cope with his passing.

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Søren Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling and The Sickness unto Death

Kierkegaard, the father of existentialism, says that we realize not peace but only anguish.

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