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Valley Boy: The Education of Tom Perkins

Valley Boy: The Education of Tom Perkins

By TOM PERKINS

A tech-industry mogul shares (some of) the details of life as a billionaire.

Posted by × December 6, 2007 ×

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Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library

Free for All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library

By DON BORCHERT

A librarian chronicles the anything-but-peaceful scene at the circulation desk.

Posted by × December 5, 2007 ×

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Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: and Other Stories

Beethoven Was One-Sixteenth Black: and Other Stories

By NADINE GORDIMER

New stories from the Nobel laureate and longtime student of the human comedy.

Posted by × December 4, 2007 ×

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In Europe: Travels through the Twentieth Century

In Europe: Travels through the Twentieth Century

By GEERT MAK

A journalist’s European odyssey unlocks the shadowy history of the 20th century.

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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Have Gun, Will Travel

Have Gun, Will Travel

By SARAH WEINMAN

Sarah Weinman finds that death rather frequently takes a holiday — or at least maintains a second home in Venice.

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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Philip Pullman: The Storyteller’s Art

Philip Pullman: The Storyteller’s Art

A Conversation with James Mustich, Editor-in-Chief, Barnes & Noble Review

James Mustich talks with Philip Pullman about the power of storytelling and the film version of The Golden Compass.

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock ‘n’ Roll Since 1967

Sympathy for the Devil: Art and Rock ‘n’ Roll Since 1967

By DOMINIC MOLON, DAN GRAHAM, RICHARD HELL, MIKE KELLEY, and JAN TUMLIR

You won’t find a lot of flyers or album art in this massive, lavishly illustrated volume. Rather, these critical essays are matched with full color reproductions of artworks to show how avante-garde artists and rock bands have mutually inspired one […]

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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The Dirt on Clean

The Dirt on Clean

In the summer of 1979, I was riding in a crowded, sweltering second-class train car through Spain, and watched as a jovial woman in a sleeveless dress took a spraycan of deodorant and blasted each of her hairy armpits to […]

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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To Cork or Not to Cork

To Cork or Not to Cork

By GEORGE TABER

Never heard of trichloroanisole? If you’ve ever opened a bottle of wine only to discover that it’s been ruined by a terrible wet-cardboard aroma, then you’ve run into the nasty little compound responsible for untold grief within the wine industry. […]

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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A Land So Strange

A Land So Strange

By ANDR?S RES?NDEZ

In the 16th century, Catholic Spain — the sponsor of Christopher Columbus and colonizer of Cuba, Mexico, and much of the future United States — explored and exploited the New World more than any other nation, under the banner of […]

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and <BR>Lyric Form

Our Secret Discipline: Yeats and <BR>Lyric Form

By HELEN VENDLER

In his famous 1926 sequence, The Tower, W. B. Yeats wrote, “I?send imagination forth / Under the day’s declining beam, and call / Images and memories / From ruin or from ancient trees, / For I would ask a question […]

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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The Best of Quartet West

The Best of Quartet West

CHARLIE HADEN AND QUARTET WEST

The acclaimed bassist Charlie Haden may have made his mark as a key member of Ornette Coleman?s iconoclastic free-jazz ensembles, but Haden?s heart lies with the beauty of song. With his own Quartet West, Haden has released a series of […]

Posted by × December 3, 2007 ×

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Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life

By STEVE MARTIN

The artist as a (not so) wild and crazy young man.

Posted by × November 30, 2007 ×

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Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee

Punching In: The Unauthorized Adventures of a Front-Line Employee

By ALEX FRANKEL

The business world, seen from the other side of the cash register.

Posted by × November 29, 2007 ×

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The Ghost

The Ghost

By ROBERT HARRIS

A new political thriller takes aim at a real-world target.

Posted by × November 28, 2007 ×