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Love's Apprentice By Shirley Abbott (Nonfiction)
Houghton Mifflin, Reviewed by Laura Miller
An insightful and winning memoir about the author's lifelong pursuit of the perfect romance -- in spite of her own better judgment

The Kangaroo Notebook By Kobo Abe (Fiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Megan Harlan
This surreal and playful novel by the late Nobel finalist is a fable about a man whose body begins playing strange tricks on him.

Pussy, King of the Pirates By Kathy Acker (Fiction)
Grove Press, reviewed by James Marcus
The author's trademark madness buries Robert Louis Stevenson under an avalanche of odoriferous twaddle.

"The Stakeholder Society" By Bruce Ackerman and Anne Alstott (Nonfiction)
Yale University Press, Reviewed by Dustin Beilke
Give everybody $80,000. After that they're on their own.

Blake: A Biography By Peter Ackroyd (Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Edward Neuert
A thorough, readable exploration of William Blake's life and the hallucinatory genius of his work.

The Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky: The Unexpurgated Edition Edited by Joan Acocella (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reviewed by Peter Kurth
Four notebooks, published uncensored for the first time, chart the descent into schizophrenia of the Russian dance genius

THOSE DIRTY ROTTEN TAXES: The Tax Revolts That Built America By Charles Adams (Nonfiction)
The Free Press, Reviewed by Scott McLemee
The author, an independent scholar, advances the argument thattaxes are the root cause of much of the evil in the world

Tales from Watership Down By Richard Adams (Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Sally Eckhoff
Nineteen striking stories about the secret lives of rabbits, in a book that's a sequel of sorts to the author's classic "Watership Down."

"Shadows, Fire, Snow: The Life of Tina Modotti" By Patricia Albers (Nonfiction)
Clarkson Potter, Reviewed by Sarah Coleman
A biographer uncovers new material on the Italian-born photographer, actress, revolutionary and spy.

The Right to Privacy
By Ellen Alderman and Caroline Kennedy
Knopf, reviewed by Rich Nichols
A gripping, carefully-argued exploration of how and why America is experiencing a "general erosion of privacy."

The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition By Caroline Alexander (Nonfiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Scott Sutherland
A book about the legendary explorer Ernest Shackleton, that take us back to the golden (if often brutal) era of Arctic exploration.

Indian Killer By Sherman Alexie (Fiction)
Grove/Atlantic, reviewed by Robert Spillman
A dark literary thriller, set in Seattle, about an American Indian -- raised by white parents -- who seeks revenge against the world.

Nonconformity: Writing on Writing By Nelson Algren (Nonfiction)
Seven Stories Press, reviewed by Bart Schneider
Bracing and previously unpublished essays about literature and its discontents, from the late author of "The Man with the Golden Arm."

"The Devil's Cup" by Stewart Lee Allen and "Uncommon Grounds" by MarkPendergrast (Nonfiction)
Reviewed by Richard Reynolds
Two books about the history of coffee, already a subversivebeverage in the 16th century.

Cavedweller By Dorothy Allison (Fiction)
Dutton, Reviewed by Dan Cryer
From the author of "Bastard Out of Carolina," a novel about a rock singer who returns to her Bible Belt hometown.

The Women By Hilton Als (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Courtney Weaver
A gay man attempts to view the multiple roles society gives black women through the prism of his own experience.

Confessions of an Ivy League Bookie By Peter Alson (Nonfiction)
Crown, reviewed by Jeanie Pyun
An up-to-the-minute exploration of gambling and its discontents, from the shaded campus of Brown University to New York's mean streets.

!Yo! By Julia Alvarez(Fiction)
Algonquin Books, reviewed by Sally Eckhoff
The story of a rambunctious writer, told by her friends, family and a stalker, from the author of "How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents."

The Extra Man By Jonathan Ames (Fiction)
Scribner, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
If charm were snowflakes, this novel -- about a refined transvestite teacher living on the cheap in Manhattan -- would be a blizzard.

Heavy Water andOther Stories By Martin Amis (Fiction)
Crown, Reviewed by Laura Miller
The British writer's latest collection of savagely satirical short stories never delves too deep -- and perhaps that's best.

Night Train By Martin Amis (Fiction)
Harmony Books, Reviewed by Allen Barra
From the well-known British novelist, a change-up: a slim detective novel set in the United States
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Glare By A.R. Ammons (Fiction)
Norton, reviewed by Albert Mobilio
Four new collections by contemporary poets, ranging from pop culture savvy, to tropical lyricism, to mild naturalism, to the lacerating riddles of a mind on fire.

JACKIE AFTER JACK: Portrait of the Lady By Christopher Andersen (Nonfiction)
Morrow, Reviewed by Peter Kurth
A dishy, and not particularly insightful, portrait of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis in the years shortly after John F. Kennedy's death

Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man By Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman (Nonfiction)
HarperCollins, reviewed by Courtney Weaver
A bold and often hilarious sex primer that reads as if it were written by Paul Rudnick and Bette Midler.

A Fall in Denver By Sarah Andrews (Fiction)
Scribner, reviewed by Edward Neuert
Geologist-sleuth Em Hansen investigates why oilmen are falling thicker than aspen leaves from the windows of a Denver skyscraper.

Even The Stars Look Lonesome By Maya Angelou (Nonfiction)
Random House, reviewed by Peter Kurth
Autobiographical essays about overcoming life's obstacles, from a writer who has become an American institution.

Woman: An Intimate Geography By Natalie Angier (Nonfiction)
Houghton Mifflin, Reviewed by Maggie Jones
A science writer finally provides the ammunition to turn biology into a feminist weapon.

The Verificationist By Donald Antrim (Fiction)
Knopf, review by Andrew Roe
Another tour de force ofantic surrealism mixed with melancholy, this one viewed from the ceiling ofa pancake house.

The Hundred Brothers By Donald Antrim (Fiction)
Crown, reviewed by Dwight Garner
Full of Pynchonesque absurdities, this playful and wildly cerebral novel describes 100 brothers who gather for an annual meal.

Dixie Rising By Peter Applebome (Nonfiction)
Times Books, reviewed by Paige Williams
A New York Times reporter argues that the South's ideals -- think gun control, race and music -- profoundly influence modern America.

Behind the Scenes at the Museum
By Kate Atkinson
St. Martin's Press, reviewed by Megan Harlan
Dad's a philanderer, Mum's grouchy, sisters are befuddled -- but the young protagonist of this unusual first novel, set in the U.K., thrives anyway.

Alias Grace By Margaret Atwood (Fiction)
Doubleday, reviewed by Paige Williams
A convicted, but possibly innocent, 19th century murderess befriends a psychiatrist in this Booker Prize-nominated novel.

Houghton Mifflin, Reviewed by Albert Mobilio
Reviews of four recent -- and notable -- collections of poetry, from masters such as James Tate and Margaret Atwood as well as newcomers such as Joshua Clover

The Education of Oscar Fairfax
By Louis Auchincloss
Houghton Mifflin, reviewed by Rich Nichols
An elegant exploration of moral ambiguity by one of our most acute observers of upper-class life.

Hand to Mouth: A Chronicle of Early Failure By Paul Auster (Nonfiction)
Holt, reviewed by Dwight Garner
This self-aggrandizing work by novelist Paul Auster is one of the least attractive literary memoirs of recent years.

Desperation By Stephen King (Fiction)
Viking, reviewed by John Mello
The Regulators By Richard Bachman (Fiction)
Dutton, reviewed by John Mello
Two deeply intertwined new novels, from America's most popular horror writer, with the grandiose arc (and gore) of his earlier epics.

As Francesca By Martha Baer (Fiction)
Broadway Books, reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Williams
By a Wired editor (and first serialized in Hotwired), this novel delves into torrid online relationships and their mysteries and discontents.

Empire Express: Building the First Transcontinental Railroad By David Haward Bain (Nonfiction)
Viking, Reviewed by Katharine Whittemore
It's sprawling and overloaded with facts, but this account of the building of the transcontinental railroad does justice toone of the great American achievements.

Master Georgie By Beryl Bainbridge (Fiction)
Carroll & Graf, Reviewed by Gary Krist
This Booker Prize-nominated novel is about a dissolute surgeon who tries to bring medical care to wounded troops during the Crimean War.

Day Job By Jonathan Baird (Fiction)
Allen & Osborne, Reviewed by Alissa Lara Quart
This ersatz journal, accessorized with fake coffee cup rings, offers a bleak and frequently hilarious portrait of today's young white-collar wage slaves.

As Though I Had Wings By Chet Baker (Nonfiction)
Buzz books, reviewed by Charles Taylor
A recently discovered, and remarkably lackadaisical, memoir of gigs, drugs and women -- by the dissipated jazz legend.

The Everlasting Story of Nory By Nicholson Baker (Fiction)
Random House, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
From the author of "Vox" and "The Fermata," a tale about a 9-year-old American schoolgirl in England.
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The Size of Thoughts: Essays and Other Lumber By Nicholson Baker (Nonfiction)
Random House, reviewed by Sue Zesiger
In these essays, the author of "Vox" and "The Fermata" trains his hyper-observant eye on such subjects as model airplanes and library card-catalogues.

Lives of the Monster Dogs By Kirsten Bakis (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Lise Funderburg
A fantastical first novel, set in New York City in 2008, about a pack of vicious but super-intelligent dogs that become (for a while, anyway) the toast of the town.

Buckyworks By J. Baldwin (Nonfiction)
John Wiley & Sons, reviewed by Phil Leggiere
A tough, winsome biography of the charismatic utopian futurist, arguing for Fuller's relevance at the fin de siecle.

Cocaine Nights By J.G. Ballard (Fiction)
Counterpoint, Reviewed by Scott McLemee
Set in a resort enclave along the Mediterranean coast, the author's new novel is an exploration of psychic numbness and jaded tastes

Like a Hole in the Head By Jen Banbury (Fiction)
Little Brown, Reviewed by Suzette Lalime Davidson
A noirish mystery novel, about a used-bookstore employee, that reads as if it were written by a feminized Dashiel Hammett
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The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing By Melissa Bank (Fiction)
Viking, reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Williams
The novel may mock the literature of man-trapping, but it's still too gentle by far.

The Untouchable By John Banville (Fiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Albert Mobilio
The young, upper-class sexual and political British radicals in this intellectual spy novel (based on a true story) enlist as agents for Stalin.

Ocean Sea By Alessandro Baricco (Fiction)
Alfred A. Knopf, Reviewed by Craig Seligman
A group of eccentrics gathers at a mysterious seaside inn in this brilliant fairy tale of a novel by the Italian master.

America in so Many Words: Words that Shaped America By David K. Barnhart and Allan A. Metcalf (Nonfiction)
Holt, reviewed by Laura Miller
Two lively new reference books about the origin of words and the slang slung by American subcultures.

The Guilt of Nations By Elazar Barkan (Nonfiction)
W.W. Norton & Co., review by Jonathan Groner
Are reparations the best way to address slavery, genocide and other past evils? (05/02/00)

The Ghost Road By Pat Barker (Fiction)
William Abrahams/Dutton, reviewed by Rich Nichols
An astonishing and horrific novel, set during the last days of WWI, that reveals the tragic cost of the Great War.

Cross Channel: Stories By Julian Barnes (Fiction)
Knopf, reviewed by James Marcus
In ten stories that function as a unified work, Barnes unearths the fragile and often fractious relationship between Britain and France.

The Voyage of the Narwhal By Andrea Barrett (Fiction)
Norton, Reviewed by Peter Kurth
From the author of the National Book Award-winning "Ship Fever," an account of a 19th century Arctic adventure and its aftermath.

"Cruddy" By Lynda Barry (Fiction)
Simon & Schuster, review by Heidi Bell
A tender and goofy illustrated novelabout a kid whose parents' beatings can't keep her down.

Rising Tide By John M. Barry (Nonfiction)
Simon & Schuster, reviewed by David Futrelle
An often fascinating account of the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927, a slow-motion, not-quite-natural disaster of tremendous proportions.

In the Wilderness By Kim Barnes (Nonfiction)
Doubleday, reviewed by Maud Casey
In this small, almost mythic memoir, the poet Kim Barnes examines her difficult coming of age and her family's hardscrabble past in the Idaho woods.

Noam Chomsky: A Life of Dissent By Robert F. Barsky (Fiction)
MIT Press, reviewed by Phil Leggiere
The first full-length biography of Chomsky, the world-renowned linguist and leftist political thinker.

On With the Story By John Barth (Fiction)
Little, Brown & Co., reviewed by Michael Ross
In this nested series of stories within stories, a pair of vacationing "late-afternoon late-life lovers" regale each other with bedtime tales.

"In Nevada" by David Thomson, "24/7" by AndrÚs Martinez and"Double Down" by Frederick and Steven Barthelme (Nonfiction)
Reviewed by Jeff Stark
The harsh beauty ofNevada, the glitzy pleasures of Vegas and the thrill ride of gambling.

"The Testament of Yves Gundron" By Emily Barton (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, review by Virginia Heffernan
An inventive noveldreams up a lost primitive civilization and uses it to slam modern life.

"Silent Stars" By Jeanine Basinger (Nonfiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Steve Vineberg
A massive tome on the silent era's greatest performers fails to come up with much that's fresh.

Brown Dog of the Yaak By Rick Bass (Nonfiction)
The Dream of the Marsh Wren By Pattiann Rogers (Nonfiction)
Milkweed Editions, reviewed by Sally Eckhoff
Two authors confront the dramas of the natural world and the writing life.

The Book of Yaak By Rick Bass (Nonfiction)
Houghton Mifflin, reviewed by Rob Spillman
A meditation on the threatened natural beauty of the Yaak Valley in northwest Montana, one of the most remote places in the United States.

The Predictors By Thomas A. Bass (Nonfiction)
Holt and Co., Reviewed by Lee Dembart
Can two mathematicians use chaos theory to master the stock market?

Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home By Thomas A. Bass (Nonfiction)
Soho Press, reviewed by Michael E. Ross
A hard-headed and moving examination of what might be the most enduring legacy of the Vietnam War -- the thousands of Amerasian children born of U.S. soldiers and Vietnamese women.

Ain't You Glad You Joined the Republicans? By John Calvin Batchelor (Nonfiction)
Holt, reviewed by Phil Leggiere
An enthusiastic history of the Republican party, from a novelist with an eye for telling detail.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly By Jean-Dominique Bauby (Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by David Futrelle
A remarkable memoir, from the former editor of French Elle, about his complete paralysis following a massive stroke.

Fragments: Cool Memories III, 1991-1995 By Jean Baudrillard (Nonfiction)
Verso, reviewed by Scott McLemee
Journal entries from the ultra-hip, post-everything French intellectual, on such subjects as sex, America and the information revolution.

Good Evening Mr. and Mrs. America and All the Ships at Sea By Richard Bausch (Nonfiction)
HarperCollins, reviewed by Katharine Whittemore
A young broadcast journalist in 1964 meets mobsters, black civil rights fighters, white rioters -- and gets tipped-off on JFK liaison.

The Boys of My Youth By Jo Ann Beard (Nonfiction)
Little, Brown, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
Autobiographical essays about sex, family, alcoholism and childhood, from a gifted young writer.
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Park City By Ann Beattie (Fiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Laura Green
Welcome to Ann Beattie territory, where betrayal, loss and unsuccessful romantic negotiations are everywhere to be found.

My Life, Starring Dara Falcon By Ann Beattie (Fiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Joan Smith
The story of a woman who compulsively lies and pursues other women's husbands, from an author of spare, unsentimental fiction.

Tuff By Paul Beatty (Fiction)
Random House, review by Hal Hinson
A comic novel about a 320-pound brother whose journey out of the 'hood includes sumo wrestling and a bizarre run for political office. (05/15/00)

The White Boy Shuffle By Paul Beatty (Fiction)
Houghton Mifflin, reviewed by Jeanie Pyun
A prominent hip-hop poet delivers a satirical novel about a young man plucked from his comfortable suburban life and forced to survive in inner-city L.A.

The Houdini Girl By Martyn Bedford (Fiction)
Pantheon, Reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
British novelist lays out the darkly romantic story of a grief-stricken magician who loses his true love in a grisly, suspicious train wreck.

Acts of Revision By Martyn Bedford (Fiction)
Doubleday, reviewed by Dwight Garner
This first novel, set in the U.K., is a psychological thriller about schoolboy humiliation and long-simmering revenge.

The Vulnerable Observer: Anthropology that Breaks Your Heart By Ruth Behar (Nonfiction)
Beacon, reviewed by Sally Eckhoff
A passionate argument for a controversial brand of first-person anthropology that grips the emotions as well as the intellect.

Ten Indians By Madison Smartt Bell (Fiction)
Pantheon, reviewed by David Futrelle
In this novel, by the author of "All Souls Rising," a middle-aged therapist opens a Tae Quon Do school in Baltimore's inner city.

Going Down By Jennifer Belle (Fiction)
Riverhead, reviewed by Dwight Garner
A bracing first novel about an NYU undergraduate who, on the brink of financial and emotional collapse, decides to work her way through college as a callgirl.

Personals By Thomas Beller (Nonfiction)
Mariner, Reviewed by Peter Kurth
Calm, self-aware and thoughtful personal essays from young writers, many of whom were previously unpublished

Ravelstein By Saul Bellow (Fiction)
Viking, review by Lorin Stein
The Nobel laureate offers a fictional portrait of his gay friend Allan Bloom -- and of the erotic fulfillment he himself found late in life. (04/14/00)

The Girl In The Flammable Skirt By Aimee Bender (Nonfiction)
Doubleday, Reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
Short stories that combine a kind of magic realism with urban myth,with often surprising results.

Lord of Dark Places By Hal Bennett (Fiction)
Turtle Point Press, reviewed by David Ulin
Unavailable for 25 years, this novel is a classic portrait of the black experience in the years leading up to the Vietnam War.

The Return Of Little Big Man By Thomas Berger (Fiction)
Little, Brown and Company, Reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
The novelist brings back one of his funniest creations, the con artist Jack Crabb, who at 112 is as ornery and as slippery as ever.

Horizontal Woman: The Story of a Body in Exile By Suzanne Berger (Nonfiction)
Houghton Mifflin, reviewed by James Marcus
Ruminations on the connection between body and soul, from a poet was was forced to spend 6 years on her back after a freak accident.

God of the Rodeo By Daniel Bergner (Nonfiction)
Crown, Reviewed by Emily Gordon
Expanding on his eloquent Harper's magazine essay, the author offers a peak inside Louisiana's toughest state prison

Louis Armstrong: An Extravagant Life By Laurence Bergreen (Nonfiction)
Broadway Books, reviewed by Sarah Vowell
An elegant biography of the jazz great, one that places Armstrong in social as well as musical context.

The Sense Of Reality: Studies in Ideas and Their History By Isaiah Berlin (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Scott McLemee
Unpublished writings and lectures by the nimble-witted intellectual historian and passionate defender of liberalism.

A Tale of Two Utopias By Paul Berman (Nonfiction)
W.W. Norton, reviewed by Phil Leggiere
Berman, a prominent social critic, traces the various political uprisings of 1968 through the revolutions in Eastern Europe in 1989.

A Crime In the Neighborhood By Suzanne Berne (Fiction)
Algonquin Books, reviewed by Maud Casey
Set in Washington, D.C., in 1972, this novel is about a murder -- and one family's break-up -- during the Watergate years.

The Voice Imitator By Thomas Bernhard (Fiction)
University of Chicago Press, reviewed by Ben Marcus
One hundred and four very short stories from a talented Austrian writer who studies the uglier, and more bitter, sides of life.

Inside Out: A Memoir of the Blacklist By Walter Bernstein (Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
The often moving story of a veteran TV and movie writer who, because of his political leanings, was blocked from working during most of the 1950s.

Women in Their Beds: New and Selected Stories By Gina Berriault (Fiction)
Counterpoint, reviewed by Katharine Whittamore
Bright wordplay with an almost Eastern European bite -- think Chekhov or Kundera -- mark these fine stories by the American writer.

Berryman's Shakespeare: Essays, Letters, and Other Writings By John Berryman (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reviewed by Alex Abramovich
A fearless modern poet conjures Shakespeare, including an essay based on a famous lecture that enraptured audiences, and reveals himself

Down With the Old Canoe By Steven Biel (Nonfiction)
Norton, reviewed by Dwight Garner
This cultural history of the Titanic disaster examines the myriad ways the sinking was used as legend and propaganda.

Tolstoy's Dictaphone Edited by Sven Birkerts (Nonfiction)
Graywolf Press, reviewed by Bruce Barcott
Essays -- from Birkerts, Jonathan Franzen, and Lynne Sharon Schwartz -- about high technology and the literary arts.

A PRAYER FOR THE CITY: The True Story of a Mayor and Five Heroes in a Race Against Time By Buzz Bissinger (Nonfiction)
Random House, Reviewed by Andrew O'Hehir
A breathless book about Realpolitik in Philadelphia, where the author had access to Mayor Ed Rendell's reform attempts

"The Leper's Companion" By Julie Blackburn (Fiction)
Pantheon, Reviewed by Alex Abramovich
In the year 1410, a tormented group of English villagers follow their priest on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Seasons of Her Life: A Biography of Madeleine Korbel Albright By Ann Blackman (Nonfiction)
Scribner, Reviewed by Emily Gordon
Gossipy yet searching, this biography of the current secretary of state is the portrait of a talented shape-shifter who has led multiple lives.

Love Invents Us By Amy Bloom (Fiction)
Random House, reviewed by Lise Funderberg
A shaggily eloquent coming-of-age story about a young suburban girl's odd affair with a furrier and friendship with an old woman.

Leaving a Doll's House By Claire Bloom (Nonfiction)
Little, Brown & Co., reviewed by Katharine Whittemore
A curious (and controversial) memoir about the actress' life, including her 17 hellish years with the novelist Philip Roth.

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human By Harold Bloom (Nonfiction)
Riverhead, Reviewed by Lorin Stein
A dazzling collection of short essays, one on each of Shakespeare's plays, from the noted literary critic.

Robert Penn Warren: A Biography
By Joseph Blotner
Random House, reviewed by Megan Harlan
A biography of the eminently accomplished Southern writer that is itself eminently accomplished -- but also a little bit dry and remote.

Be Sweet By Roy Blount, Jr. (Nonfiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Katharine Whittemore
A shaggy memoir, from the Southern humorist, about the various women in his life -- and the origins of his comic bent

New York Mosaic By Isabel Bolton (Fiction)
Steerforth Press, reviewed by Lisa Michaels
A collection of three novels, originally published in the late 1940s and '50s, that capture a forgotten era in New York City.

Family Outing By Chastity Bono (Nonfiction)
Little, Brown, Reviewed by Peter Kurth
In this memoir-cum-advice book, Sonny and Cher's daughter comes off as the nicest and most level-headed lesbian you're likely to encounter this year.

Slouching Towards Gomorrah: Modern Liberalism and American Decline By Robert H. Bork (Nonfiction)
HarperCollins, reviewed by David Futrelle
Bombast and moralizing on the depravity of American pop culture from the judge who didn't make it to the Supreme Court.

On Television By Pierre Bourdieu (Nonfiction)
The New Press, Reviewed by Hal Hinson
From a noted French intellectual and scholar, an examination of television's disastrous effects on society.

Unvanquished: A U.S.-U.N. Saga By Boutros Boutros-Ghali (Nonfiction)
Random House, Reviewed by Douglas McGray
Time hasn't healed the former secretary-general's wounds or lessened his bitterness.

Black Hawk Down By Mark Bowden (Nonfiction)
Atlantic Monthly Press, Reviewed by Mark Schone
A hair-raising account re-creates the firefight in Mogadishu, the U.S. Army's bloodiest battle since Vietnam.

Words for the Taking By Neal Bowers (Nonfiction)
Norton, reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
Relating Bowers' search for the man who plagiarized his poems, this book is both a detective story and a rumination on the worth of poetry.

Bunny Modern By David Bowman (Fiction)
Little, Brown Reviewed by David Bowman
In this review, the author of "Let the Dog Drive" faces the ultimate critic of his second novel: himself.

Armadillo By William Boyd (Fiction)
Knopf Reviewed by Charles Taylor
Set in London, this complicated, hazy novel concerns itself with the often illegal activities of a young insurance adjuster

Riven Rock By T. Coraghessan Boyle (Fiction)
Viking, Reviewed by Peter Kurth
A thrilling, true historical tale about a socialite who fought to save her schizophrenic husband from a slew of doctors and hangers-on

All over but the shoutin By Rick Bragg (Nonfiction)
Pantheon, reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
A memoir, from a New York Times national correspondent, about his dirt-poor upbringing in the deep South.

PILLAR OF FIRE: America in the King Years, 1963-65 By Taylor Branch (Nonfiction)
Simon and Schuster, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
The second volume of the author's magisterial history of the Civil Rights Era has intelligence and moral sympathy to burn

Surreal Lives by Ruth Brandon(Nonfiction)
Grove/Atlantic, Reviewed by Lawrence Osborne
A deliciously gossipy group biography of the surrealists.

Buzz: The Science and Lore of Alcohol and Caffeine By Stephen Braun (Nonfiction)
Oxford University Press, reviewed by Michael Gerber
How do alcohol and caffeine scramble our brains, and why do we like it so much when they do? This book about the world's two most popular drugs seeks some answers.

Unafraid of the Dark: A Memoir By Rosemary Bray (Nonfiction)
Random House, Reviewed by Jonathan Miles
A memoir by a former New York Times Book Review editor about her poor upbringing on Chicago's South Side
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Not Exactly What I Had in Mind By Rosemary Breslin (Nonfiction)
Villard, reviewed by Susan Shapiro
A tart memoir about living with a life-threatening blood disease, from the journalist daughter of famed newspaperman Jimmy Breslin.

The Memory of Birds in Times of Revolution By Breyten Breytenbach (Nonfiction)
Harcourt Brace & Company, reviewed by Dwight Garner
Essays about politics and culture from the controversial South African poet and painter best-known for his memoir "The True Confessions of an Albino Terrorist."

The Remains of River Names By Matt Briggs (Fiction)
Black Heron Press, Reviewed by Andrew O'Hehir
A beautifully sensitive novel looks at hippie-generation parents and the kids they weren't prepared to raise.

Ethel & Ernest By Raymond Briggs (Nonfiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
A marvelously realized graphic novel captures a generation's worth of changes in working-class England.

David Brinkley By David Brinkley (Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Rich Nichols
Anecdotes and reminiscences, from the man who was there for practically everything.

The Unfinished Presidency By Douglas Brinkley (Nonfiction)
Viking, Reviewed by Theo Spencer
An account of Jimmy Carter's manic post-presidential activities -- peace-making, election monitoring, etc. -- from a well-known historian.

Exquisite Corpse By Poppy Z. Brite (Fiction)
Simon and Schuster, reviewed by James Marcus
Adventures in cannibalism, throat-slitting and disembowelment, from the popular 29-year-old horror novelist Poppy Z. Brite.

This Wild Darkness: The Story of My Death ByHarold Brodkey (Nonfiction)
Metropolitan/Holt Books, reviewed by Rob Spillman
This final memoir, by the major literary figure who died of AIDS in January, 1996, offers a glimpse into the conflicted soul of this complex, irascible man.

So Forth By Joseph Brodsky (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Scott Baldinger
This Nobel Prize winner's final, posthumous book of poetry is his most intimate and confessional.

Audrey Hepburn's Neck By Alan Brown (Fiction)
Pocket Books, reviewed by Elizabeth Pincus
Set in Tokyo, this disarmingly funny book -- which details the life of a 23-year-old cartoonist -- contrasts the idiosyncrasies of American and Japanese culture.

Afterwards,You're a Genius: Faith, Medicine, and the Metaphysics of Healing By Chip Brown (Nonfiction)
Riverhead Books, Reviewed by Mike Musgrove
A journalist heads for the Hamptons to expose a New Age healing racket and finds himself turning into a believer.

Fay By Larry Brown< (Fiction)
Algonquin, review by Virginia Vitzthum
The heroine of Brown's sixth novel is a Huck Finn navigating the Mississippi lowlife in the body of a 17-year-old femme fatale. (04/04/00)

Apples By Frank Browning (Nonfiction)
North Point Press, Reviewed by Robert Sietsema
An engaging study, from a writer who descends from a long line ofKentucky apple-growers, of "the hardiest, most resilient, and most diverse fruit on the earth"

The Metaphysical Touch By Sylvia Brownrigg (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reviewed by Andrew O'Hehir
An ambitious first novel brings two wounded intellectuals together in cyberspace.

My Father, Dancing By Bliss Broyard (Fiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Adam Kirsch
A debut collection of stories about fathers and daughters proves the author sovereign over a very small terrain.

Heroes Like UsBy Thomas Brussig (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Maud Casey
From a young German writer, a political fantasy about how one man's sexual obsessions helped bring down the Berlin Wall.

A Pirate Looks at Fifty By Jimmy Buffett (Nonfiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Katharine Whittemore
Tales of salt, sand, sea and sky, from a beach-obsessed pop singer who can actually write

Becoming Modern By Carolyn Burke (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Megan Harlan
A life of the forgotten Modernist poet Mina Loy, a glamorous bohemian artist whose friends and admirers included Gertrude Stein, James Joyce, Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp.

Cadillac Jukebox By James Lee Burke (Fiction)
Hyperion, reviewed by Elizabeth Pincus
The quixotic detective Dave Robicheaux travels to Mexico to solve the 30-year-old murder of a beloved Civil Rights figure.

"Anglomania" By Ian Buruma (Nonfiction)
Random House, Reviewed by JoAnn Gutin
Why, oh why, do we love the English so?

Girls By Frederick Busch (Fiction)
Harmony, reviewed by Dan Cryer
An intellectual mystery novel about a security chief at an upstate New York college investigating the case of a missing girl.

Sex and the City By Candace Bushnell (Nonfiction)
Grove/Atlantic, reviewed by Christine Muhlke
Essays on the mating and dating rituals of successful Manhattanites, culled from the author's column in The New York Observer.

Knee Deep in Paradise By Brett Butler (Nonfiction)
Hyperion, reviewed by Charles Taylor
Not another slight, sit-com memoir, this tough and funny account of the author's difficult life makes for serious, compelling reading.

The Deep Green Sea By Robert Olen Butler (Nonfiction)
Holt, Reviewed by David L. Ulin
A Vietnam vet returns to Ho Chi Minh City seeking closure, and finds love with a much younger woman

Tabloid Dreams By Robert Olen Butler (Fiction)
Henry Holt, reviewed by Katharine Whittemore
Twelve eclectic short stories, from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author, each inspired by an actual tabloid headline.

Journey to the Land of the Flies and Other Travels
By Aldo Buzzi
Random House, reviewed by James Marcus
Not your typical travel essays, these dispatches -- from Jakarta, Moscow and other far-flung locations -- are marked by Buzzi's unexpected intellectual detours.

Babel Tower By A.S. Byatt (Fiction)
Random House, reviewed by Laura Miller
Two trials -- for divorce and obscenity -- are the center of this ambitious, passionate novel, set in the 1960s, by the author of "Possession."

Pass the Butterworms: Recent Journeys Oddly Rendered By Thomas Cahill (Nonfiction)
Villard, reviewed by David Futrelle
A pioneer of non-macho adventure travel writing reports from the Queen Charlotte Islands, the Mongolian steppes and other locales.

Numbers in the Dark and other Stories
By Italo Calvino
Pantheon, reviewed by Rich Nichols
Celebrations of the uncanny and marvelous, by the late author of such fabulous works as "The Baron in the Trees."

For Kings and Planets By Ethan Canin (Fiction)
Random House, Reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
Canin's new novel is about a self-described "hayseed" who befriends another, more glamorous, freshman at Columbia University.

American Dreamers: The Wallaces and Reader's Digest: An Insider's Story By Peter Canning (Nonfiction)
Simon & Schuster, reviewed by Dwight Garner
A portrait of the making (and eventual unmaking) of the magazine that has been called "the top publishing success since the Bible."

Into the Great Wide Open By Kevin Canty (Fiction)
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, reviewed by James Marcus
While writing a history of the future, a surprisingly sophisticated teenage boy comes of age.

Monkey Bridge By Lan Cao (Fiction)
Viking, reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
This first novel, by a young Vietnamese-American writer, has juicy generational angst worthy of an Amy Tan novel.

In The Slammer With Carol Smith By Hortense Calisher (Fiction)
Marian Boyars, reviewed by Scott McLemee
A slender, fragmented novel, from a "writer's writer," about a former student radical coming to terms with her complicated past.

A Short History of Rudeness By Mark Caldwell (Nonfiction)
Picador, Reviewed by Greg Villepique
How can a writer investigate manners when his definition of manners includes everything we do?

Love Is Where It Falls By Simon Callow (Nonfiction)
Fromm International, Reviewed by Daniel Reitz
A gay actor recalls his 11-year "passionate friendship" with a straight woman 40 years his senior.

Singing in the Comeback Choir By Bebe Moore Campbell (Fiction)
Putnam, Reviewed by Christine Muhlke
A intelligent, heartfelt and snappily-written tale about a poor girl from Philadelphia who becomes a talk show producer in L.A.

Class Trip By Emmanuel Carrère (Fiction)
Metropolitan Books, reviewed by Charles Taylor
A kid's self-pity haunts macabre French novel.

Men in the Off Hours By Anne Carson (Poetry)
Knopf, review by Kate Moses
The poet's breathtaking fourth collection takes in the picnic of sex and love and death that time spreads in its wake. (04/05/00)

Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories By Angela Carter (Fiction)
Holt, reviewed by Bruce Barcott
This collection, from a gifted fictional maximalist who bathed in luxurious sentences, charts the arc of her fascinating career.

Civility By Stephen L. Carter (Nonfiction)
Basic Books, Reviewed by Beverly Gage
From the well-known Yale law professor, an argument that American society has grown far too surly and impolite

American Junk By Mary Randolph Carter (Nonfiction)
Penguin, reviewed by Albert Mobilio
A handsomely illustrated guide to pop ephemera, from shiny ceramic dogs to plastic watermelon wedges and fish kitsch.

... And the Horse He Rode in On: The People v. Kenneth Starr By James Carville (Nonfiction)
Simon & Schuster, Reviewed by Chris Lehmann
From the Clinton defender and former Salon columnist, a hastily assembled compendium of Starr sins, Starr gaffes and Starr plots.

We're Right, They're Wrong By James Carville (Nonfiction)
Viking, reviewed by Stefanie Syman
A smart, home-spun set of bullet points -- a virtual pep rally -- for Democrats, via the feisty former Clinton campaign manager.

The Half-Life of Happiness By John Casey (Fiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
From the author of "Spartina," a sprawling novel about a liberal lawyer whose family spins apart in front of him

Werewolves inTheir Youth By Michael Chabon (Fiction)
Random House, Reviewed by Adam Goodheart
By the author of "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh," a surprisingly Gothic new collection that's long on generosity and longer on charm.

Roustabout By Michelle Chalfoun (Fiction)
HarperCollins, reviewed by Maud Casey
A first novel, related with haunting integrity, about an adolescent girl who is the only female crew member in a traveling circus.

Solibo Magnificent By Patrick Chamoiseau (Fiction)
Pantheon Books, Reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
From the author of the acclaimed "Texaco," a philosophical novel about the nature of language, and the nature of murder

Childhood By Patrick Chamoiseau (Nonfiction)
University of Nebraska Press, Reviewed by Anderson Tepper
The novelist's second memoir celebrates a boyhood spent in a storytelling family among the riotous richness of Martinique's Creole culture.

Texaco By Patrick Chamoiseau, translated from the French and Creole by Rose Myriam Rejouis and Val Vinokurov (Fiction)
Pantheon, reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
Winner of France's Prix Goncourt, in 1992, this recently translated novel meshes French, Creole and Caribbean dialects to tell a fascinating tale of Martinique history in rich prose.

I Am Jackie Chan By Jackie Chan with Jeff Yang (Nonfiction)
Ballantine, Reviewed by Mark Athitakis
This memoir from the Hong Kong action star isn't as bare-knuckled as his best films, but fans will love the nitty-gritty detail.

Devil Take the Hindmost By Edward Chancellor (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reviewed by Gary Krist
A history of financial speculation from the Roman Empire to the present brims with bad tidings.

The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten Holocaust of World War II By Iris Chang (Nonfiction)
Penguin, Reviewed by Adam Hochschild
A young author documents the horrifying Japanese occupation of Nanking in World War II, nearly forgotten by the West.

Hunger By Lan Samantha Chang (Fiction)
Norton, Reviewed by Beth Wolfensberger Singer
A memorable first book -- a novella and five stories -- about Chinese-Americans trying to find their places in the U.S.

Bound Feet and Western Dress By Pang-Mei Natasha Chang (Nonfiction)
Doubleday, reviewed by Sally Eckhoff
A luminous memoir about Chang's great-aunt and her remarkable journey across much of the world — and most of the 20th Century.

Monkey King By Patricia Chao (Fiction)
Harper Collins, reviewed by Deborah Kirk
An accomplished first novel by a young Chinese-American author about one family's tormented attempt to assimilate in the U.S.

My Life as a Boy By Kim Chernin (Nonfiction)
Algonquin, reviewed by Kate Tuttle
In this gender-bending memoir, the author describes how she replaced feminine wiles with masculine prerogatives.

"Girl with a Pearl Earring" by Tracy Chevalier, "The Music Lesson" byKatharine Weber and "Girl in Hyacinth Blue" by Susan Vreeland (Fiction)
Review by Marion Lignana Rosenberg
Three recentnovels shimmer with the sensuousness of Vermeer, the painter who inspiredthem.

The Best of Crank! By Bryan Cholfin (Fiction)
Tor Books, Reviewed by Scott McLemee
Literate and often charming short stories, culled from the science fiction zine Crank!; contributors include Jonathan Lethem, Ursula K. LeGuin and Michael Bishop.

Grown Up All Wrong: 75 Great Rock and Pop Artists from Vaudeville to Techno By Robert Christgau (Nonfiction)
Harvard University Press, Reviewed by Mark Athitakis
Spirited and probing essays on great rock and pop artists, from the long-time Village Voice music critic.

A Trip to the Stars By Nicholas Christopher (Fiction)
The Dial Press, review by Polly Morrice
A kidnapped little boy, his lost aunt and a fantasy about people finding themselves in the days of flower power.

Half a Life By Jill Ciment (Nonfiction)
Crown, reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
Hair-hopping and parent-strangling in 1960s Southern California: An incident-filled and often harrowing memoir about the author's coming-of-age.

Rainbow Six By Tom Clancy (Fiction)
Putnam, Reviewed by Mark Athitakis
Eco-terrorists plan to unleash a deadly Ebola-like virus on the entire world! No problem: Clancy's latest hero, Jack Clark, is on the case.

With Chatwin Portrait of a Writer By Susannah Clapp (Fiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Peter Kurth
A memoir of the noted travel writer and author of "In Patagonia," by his friend and former editor.

MADONNA ANNO DOMINI By Joshua Clover (Fiction)
Louisiana State University Press, Reviewed by Albert Mobilio
Reviews of four recent -- and notable -- collections of poetry, from masters such as James Tate and Margaret Atwood as well as newcomers such as Joshua Clover

The Many Aspects of Mobile Home Living By Martin Clark (Fiction)
Knopf, review by Michael Scott Moore
A wild and weirdly plotted novel by and about a circuit court judge, complete with a hunt for lost loot, a murder and a convoluted trial. (04/12/00)

Mr. White's Confession By Robert Clark (Fiction)
Picador USA, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
A spooky highbrow thriller, set in St. Paul, Minn., in the 1930s, about murders among the city's dime-a-dance girls.

Tupperware: The Promise of Plastic in 1950s America By Alison J.Clarke (Nonfiction)
Smithsonian, Reviewed by Jonathan Groner
A smart, fun history considers the influence of those indispensablecontainers on the culture of the nation.

The Improvised Woman: Single Women Reinventing Single Life By Marcelle Clements (Nonfiction)
Norton, Reviewed by Carolyn McConnell
A well-researched, if occasionally over-heated, examination of whatit means to be a single woman at the end of the century.

Washington Babylon By Alexander Cockburn and Ken Silverstein (Nonfiction)
Verso, reviewed by Phil Leggiere
Gonzo-style political muckraking, from two seasoned left-wing journalists, modeled after Kenneth Anger's classic book "Hollywood Babylon."

Out of the Ashes: The Resurrection of Saddam Hussein By Andrew Cockburn and Patrick Cockburn (Nonfiction)
HarperCollins, Reviewed by Bill Franzen
A selectively argued new book opens fire on American Gulf War policy toward Iraq and charges the U.S. with letting Saddam off easy

The House of Sleep By Jonathan Coe (Fiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
A dreamy, Dickensian novel about patients at a clinic for the study of sleep disorders

Dead Meat By Sue Coe (Fiction)
Four Walls, Eight Windows, reviewed by Richard Gehr
Paintings, drawings and notes from this compelling artist depict how 6 billion warm-blooded creatures find their way onto American plates.

Disgrace By J.M. Coetzee (Fiction)
Viking, Reviewed by Andrew O'Hehir
The winner of the 1999 Booker Prize isa bleak tale of human and animal misery in post-apartheid South Africa

Boyhood: Scenes From A Provincial Life By J.M. Coetzee (Nonfiction)
Viking, reviewed by Andrew O'Hehir
An account of the award-winning author's childhood in white South Africa and his painfully self-consciousness younger self.

Days of Infamy: Great Military Blunders of the 20th Century .By Michael Coffey (Nonfiction)
Hyperion, reviewed by Mark Schone
One of those mistakes was this book.

American Pharaoh: Mayor Richard J. Daley -- His Battle for Chicago and the Nation By Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor (Nonfiction)
Little, Brown & Co., review by Andrew O'Hehir
A big biography tells the full story of the legendary politician, with a sharp focus on his battle to keep the Windy City segregated. (05/11/00)

Lewis Carroll: A Biography By Morton N. Cohen (Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Rich Nichols
A shrewd, sympathetic look at the life of the brilliant, sad man who gave the world Alice in Wonderland.

"20th-Century Dreams" By Nik Cohn and Guy Peellaert (Fiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
The writerand the artist's new bout of cultural nausea is like a tabloid that mightbe sold at the Whitney Museum.

Yes We Have No: Adventures in the Other England By Nik Cohn (Nonfiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
Novelist and cultural critic Nik Cohn tours ye merry olde land of low-rent gangsters, spiritual wanderers, techno DJ's and football hooligans.

Scorpion Tongues By Gail Collins (Nonfiction)
William Morrow, Reviewed by David Futrelle
An often entertaining account of American political scandal and gossip, from Thomas Jefferson to Bill Clinton.

Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People By John Conroy (Nonfiction)
Knopf, review by Patricia Kean
Why do torturers torture? An author goes in search of answers. (03/15/00)

Guide By Denis Cooper (Fiction)
Grove, reviewed by Daniel Reitz
A hip, nihilistic and ultra-minimalist novel about drug addicts and gay porn stars in contemporary Los Angeles.

Ghost Town By Robert Coover (Fiction)
Henry Holt, Reviewed by Allen Barra
In this funny, phantasmagorical book -- sometimes the hero is an outlaw, sometimes he's the sheriff -- Robert Coover re-imagines the Western novel.

"The World Through a Monocle" By Mary F. Corey (Nonfiction)
Harvard University Press, Reviewed by Craig Seligman
A new study explores race, class and the New Yorker.

Miracle on the Mountain: A True Story of Faith and Survival By Mike and Mary Couillard (Nonfiction)
Avon Books, Reviewed by Scott Sutherland
A book about mountain climbing that attempts, with only middling success, to pick up where Jon Krakauer's "Into Thin Air" left off.

Man Enough to be a Woman By Jayne County (Nonfiction)
Serpent's Tail, reviewed by Jeanie Pyun
The wild life and times of rock n' roll's original transsexual, legendary shock-rocker Jayne (aka Wayne) County.

Girlfriend in a Coma By Douglas Coupland (Fiction)
ReganBooks/HarperCollins, Reviewed by Andrew Leonard
A glum novel, from the author of "Generation X," about a woman whofalls into a coma in 1977 and wakes up 20 years later

Polaroids from the Dead By Douglas Coupland (Nonfiction)
Regan Books/HarperCollins, reviewed by Charles Taylor
Essays about slackers, hackers and youth culture, from the author of "Generation X" and "Shampoo Planet."

In Praise of Commercial Culture By Tyler Cowen (Nonfiction)
Harvard University Press, Reviewed by Ray Sawhill
An incisive and well-argued look at how art and commerce need oneanother, from a young economics professor at George Mason University

Sleeping Where I Fall By Peter Coyote (Nonfiction)
Counterpoint, Reviewed by Sarah Vowell
An engaging memoir from the well-known actor, about his radical days in the late '60s and early '70s.

Being Dead By Jim Crace< (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, review by Gary Krist
A haunting novel about a couple caught and killed in flagrante delicto -- how they got there, and what happens before they're found. (03/30/00)

By the Shore By Galaxy Craze (Fiction)
Atlantic Monthly Press, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
Galaxy Craze's debut novel is a hushed and tentative affair.

Airframe By Michael Crichton (Fiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Williams
Soon to be a major movie, no doubt, this novel of disaster in the skies is the latest from the author of "Jurassic Park."

Resident Alien By Quentin Crisp (Nonfiction)
Alyson Publishers, reviewed by Charles Taylor
A bemused and luxuriantly entertaining record of the flamboyant author's social and professional wanderings in New York City.

Quarantine By Jim Crace (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reviewed by Gary Kamiya
Jim Crace's powerful novel "Quarantine" gives a new twist to one of the crucial episodes in the life of Jesus: His ordeal in the wilderness.

ALWAYS IN PURSUIT: Fresh American Perspectives, 1995-1997 By Stanley Crouch (Nonfiction)
Random House, Reviewed by David Futrelle
Punditry about politics and culture, from the New York Daily News columnist and New Republic contributing editor
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The All-American Skin Game, or, The Decoy of Race By Stanley Crouch (Nonfiction)
Pantheon, reviewed by Rich Nichols
One of the most original voices in American letters on race, jazz, cinema and the state of contemporary society.

The Hours By Michael Cunningham (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Reviewed by Georgia Jones-Davis
From the author of "A Home at the End of the World," a searching novel that reimagines Virginia Woolf's life and work.

Book of Shadows: A Modern Woman's Journey into the Wisdom of Witchcraft and the Magic of the Goddess By Phyllis Curott (Nonfiction)
Broadway, Reviewed by Lisa Carver
The author, a Harvard grad and a high-powered attorney, writes about her preoccupation with witches, magic and goddess worship.

"Tea" By Stacey D'Erasmo (Fiction)
Algonquin Books, review by Dennis Drabelle
A charming first novel presents threesnapshots of a girl growing up lesbian in the '60s and '70s Philadelphia.

Flawed Giant By Robert Dallek (Nonfiction)
Oxford University Press, Reviewed by Charles Taylor
A sweeping biography of Lyndon Baines Johnson, one that makes a case for him as the genuine tragic hero of 20th century American politics.

The Feeling of What Happens: Body and Emotion in the Making of Consciousness By Antonio Damasio (Nonfiction)
Harcourt Brace & Company, reviewed by Dan Stern
I feel, therefore I am: A scientist asks, What, exactly, is consciousness?

The Farming of Bones Edwidge Danticat (Fiction)
Soho Press, Reviewed by Dan Cryer
Is Danticat Haiti's great gift to American literature, or simply overrated? Her third book, about a little-known massacre, gives credence to the latter interpretation.

AREA 51: The Dreamland Chronicles: The Legend of America's Most Secret Military Base By David Darlington (nonfiction)
Henry Holt, Reviewed by David Bowman
One journalist's account of the vibrant UFO-centric culture in Nevada, where many true-believers insist aliens have landed.

Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency By Saul David (Nonfiction)
Atlantic Monthly Press, Reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Williams
Regalese: A new history sheds dazzling light on extravagantly eccentric Regency England

Waterloo Sunset: Stories By Ray Davies (Fiction)
Hyperion, review by Stephanie Zacharek
The legendary leader of the Kinks ventures gamely into fiction. (03/23/00)

Circling the Drain
By Amanda Davis
Rob Weisbach Books, reviewed by Polly Morrice
A debut collection by a writer with nerve runs the gamut from conventional to the experimental.

"The Walking Tour"By Kathryn Davis (Fiction)
Houghton Mifflin, Reviewed by Virginia Heffernan
The pastoral collides withcyberspace in a pulse-quickening novel that's totally confusing, but worththe trip.

Prince of Pleasure: The Prince of Wales and the Making of the Regency By Saul David (Nonfiction)
Atlantic Monthly Press, Reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Williams
Regalese: A new history sheds dazzling light on extravagantly eccentric Regency England

Almost No Memory By Lydia Davis (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Rob Spillman
Fifty-one difficult and provocative stories that hack apart every preconceived notion of what a short story should be.

Unbridled Power: Inside the Secret Culture of the IRS By Shelley L. Davis (Nonfiction)
HarperBusiness, reviewed by Etelka Lehoczky
An unauthorized biography of the IRS, from a woman hired to compile an "official" history of the secretive bureaucracy.

In the Country of Country By Nicholas Dawidoff (Nonfiction)
Pantheon, reviewed by Mark Athitakis
Packed with interviews and anecdotes, this engrossing, nostalgic book contrasts country music's fabled past with its troubled present.

The Symbolic Species: The Co-Evolution of Language and The Brain By Terrence W. Deacon (Nonfiction)
Norton, reviewed by David Futrelle
A serious and often well-argued look, from a researcher at Boston University, at how language is "hard-wired" into the brain.

The Consolations of Philosophy By Alain de Botton (Nonfiction)
Pantheon, review by Virginia Vitzthum
Six great philosophers on six big problems, rendered in terms that even Bart Simpson could follow. (04/24/00)

How Proust Can Change Your Life By Alain de Botton (Nonfiction)
Pantheon, reviewed by David Futrelle
Part self-help, part literary criticism, this book turns to the hypochondriac writer for advice on moral and personal problems.

Queen of Bohemia: The Life of Louise Bryant By Mary V. Dearborn (Nonfiction)
Houghton Mifflin, reviewed by Megan Harlan
The fascinating and often tragic life of one of this century's most daring international journalists, too often remembered as merely the longtime companion of John Reed.

Great Books By David Denby (Nonfiction)
Simon & Schuster, reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
The author returns to Columbia University 30 years after graduating to read and write about the virtues (and vices) of the Great Books.

Derby Duggan's Depression Funnies ByTom De Haven (Fiction)
Metropolitan/Henry Holt, reviewed by Richard Gehr
A picaresque novel, set during the Great Depression, about the creative and cranky artists and writers who creat comic strips.

Reasonable Doubts: The O.J. Simpson Case and the Criminal Justice System By Alan M. Dershowitz (Nonfiction)
Simon & Schuster, reviewed by Andrew Ross
Alan Dershowitz -- talented lawyer, engaged thinker, and consigliere for high society's most illustrious bottom-feeders -- says that the O.J. Simpson trial shows that all is well with our legal system.

The Pyrotechnic Insanitarium: American Culture on the Brink By Mark Dery (Nonfiction)
Grove Press, Reviewed by David Hudson
A cultural critic urges us to look, really look, at the horrors of late-20th century American life.

Fasting, Feasting By Anita Desai (Fiction)
Houghton Mifflin, review by Sylvia Brownrigg
Unhappy Indian families are unhappy in their own way, too, the author demonstrates in this Booker Prize finalist.

Drown By Junot Diaz (Fiction)
Riverhead Books, reviewed by Robert Spillman
Tough tales from the Domenican barrio from the touted next young gun of American fiction.

SUMMER OF DELIVERANCE: A Memoir of Father and Son By Christopher Dickey (Nonfiction)
Simon & Schuster, Reviewed by Peter Kurth
A trenchant, beautifully written memoir by the son of James Dickey, who was not only a poet but a hard-drinking, womanizing wild man

The Last Thing He Wanted By Joan Didion (Fiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Dwight Garner
In Didion's steamy political drama, a female Washington Post reporter becomes involved in Iran-contra arms shipments.

The Boy on the Green Bicycle By Margaret Diehl (Nonfiction)
Soho Press, Reviewed by John Freeman
A writer remembers the horror of her brother's death when she was 9 -- and the pain and growth that came of it.

"You Are Worthless" and "The Pretty Good Jim's Journal Treasury"By Scott Dikkers (Humor)
Andrews McMeel Publishing, Reviewed by Emily Gordon
The editor of the Onion unleashes two collections ofanti-humor laced with cyanide.

"You Are Worthless" and "The Pretty Good Jim's Journal Treasury"By Scott Dikkers (Humor)
Andrews McMeel Publishing, Reviewed by Emily Gordon
The editor of the Onion unleashes two collections ofanti-humor laced with cyanide.

Our Dumb Century: 100 Years of Headlines from America's Finest News Source By Scott Dikkers and the Staff of the Onion (Nonfiction)
Three Rivers Press, Reviewed by Liesl Schillinger
The editors of the Onion present 100 years of turpitude

A Clever Base-Ballist: The Life and Times of John Montgomery Ward By Bryan Di Salvatore (Nonfiction)
Pantheon Books, Reviewed by Jonathan Miles
A spirited biography of a 19th century ballplayer smacks a pie in the face of baseball nostalgia.

Down With Big Brother: The Fall of the Soviet Empire By Michael Dobbs (Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Phil Leggiere
The longtime Moscow correspondent for The Washington Post traces the Soviet Union's demise, from Brezhnev's reign to Yeltsin's.

Boy in the Water By Stephen Dobyns (Fiction)
Metropolitan Books, Reviewed by Thomas Hackett
Naked teenagers, mutilated animals and a serial killer terrorize a guilt-ridden shrink at a boarding school.

City of God By E.L. Doctorow (Fiction)
Random House, review by Julia Gracen
Harrowing stories of war and vengeance interwoven with a quest for enlightenment

"Pre-Code Hollywood" by Thomas Doherty and "Sin in Soft Focus" by Mark A. Vieira (Nonfiction)
Columbia University Press and Harry N. Abrams, Reviewed by Peter Kurth
A fascinating and important study details the "moral anarchy" of the early, pre-censorship talkies; a volume of classic photographs covers the same era.

Bucking the Sun By Ivan Doig (Fiction)
Simon & Schuster, reviewed by Maud Casey
A big, strapping novel about the building of the monumental Fort Peck Dam over the Missouri River in the 1930s.

Heading South, Looking North By Ariel Dorfman (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Reviewed by Rob Spillman
A personal and moving memoir, from the Chilean playwright and novelist, about his political and literary adventures.

Dining Out: Secrets from America's Leading Critics, Chefs, and Restaurateurs By Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (Nonfiction)
Wiley, Reviewed by Dwight Garner
A dishy look at how America's most noted food critics (Ruth Reichl,Patricia Unterman, Gael Greene) go about their work.

Cloud Chamber By Michael Dorris (Fiction)
Scribner, reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
A parade of colorful narrators tells the story of a mixed-race family in this sequel to "A Yellow Raft in Blue Water."

Firebird: A Memoir By Mark Doty (Nonfiction)
HarperCollins, reviewed by Jaime Manrique
A first-rank poet's new memoir rises to the stature of an American classic.

Sweet Machine By Mark Doty (Fiction)
HarperFlamingo, Reviewed by Austin Bunn
Poetry about New York street life, romance and writing, from the author of the memoir "Heaven's Coast"

Sleeping Dogs Don't Lay: Practical Advice for the Grammatically Challenged By Richard Lederer and Richard Dowis; illustrated by Jim McLean (Nonfiction)
St. Martin's Press, reviewed by Gary Kaufman
Three new guides to grammar and style approach the rules with a liberal informality and a healthy dash of humor.

Breakfast With Scot By Michael Downing (Fiction)
Counterpoint Press, Reviewed by Greg Bottoms
In a smart, funny andaffecting novel, two gay men inherit an 11-year-old boy and blanch when heturns out to be a budding queen.

The Woman Who Walked Into Doors By Roddy Doyle (Nonfiction)
Viking, reviewed by Charles Taylor
The author of last year's "Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha" delivers a clear-eyed novel told by a battered woman whose family is on the verge of falling apart.

The Witch Of Exemoor By Margaret Drabble (Fiction)
Harcourt Brace, reviewed by Jo-Ann Mort
A rambling, Dickensian book about a clan of siblings who find themselves tossed out of their mother's will.

S.: A Novel About the Balkans By Slavenka Drakulic (Fiction)
Viking, review by Brigitte Frase
A fierce novel brings home the horrors of the Bosnian war -- rape, torture and the sexual slavery of Muslim women.

Cafe Europa: Life After Communism By Slavenka Drakulic (Nonfiction)
Norton, reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
Smart and funny personal essays from the Croatian writer, about the cultural growing pains of Eastern European countries.

Hunts in Dreams By Tom Drury (Fiction)
Houghton Mifflin, review by Craig Seligman
A gorgeous, inexplicably sad and funny novel about screwups trying to do better. (05/03/00)

Caught Inside By Daniel Duane (Nonfiction)
North Point Press, reviewed by Bruce Barcott
A chronicle of Northern California surf culture, from a young writer who, unemployed, decided to spend a year searching for the ultimate wave.

Dancing After Hours By Andre Dubus (Fiction)
Knopf, reviewed by James Marcus
One of America's most esteemed short story writers delivers a new collection that reveals the human soul with marvelous tact and delicacy.

Meditations from a Movable Chair By Andre Dubus, Jr. (Nonfiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by Andrew O'Hehir
A memoir about the author's life after a crippling accident, with asides on such topics as God, love, art, writing, fatherhood and manhood

Last Comes The Egg By Bruce Duffy Fiction)
Simon and Schuster, reviewed by Richard Gehr
In this brightly-colored, ambitious novel of tragicomic adolescence, three motherless boys hit the road.

Calendar: Humanity's Epic Struggle to Determine a True and Accurate Year By David Ewing Duncan (Nonfiction)
Bard, Reviewed by Mike Musgrove
The calendar is something most people take for granted, but in this well-researched book, we find that it is the result of a quirky interplay of politics, history and religion.

"Sidewalk" By Mitchell Duneier (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Reviewed by Andrew O'Hehi
An eloquent study of GreenwichVillage street vendors that's sure to become a contemporary classic ofurban sociology.

Living off the Big Screen
By John Gregory Dunne (Nonfiction)
Random House, reviewed by David Futrelle
A darkly humorous first-hand account of the perils of Hollywood screenwriting.

Idiom Savant: Slang as it is Slung By Jerry Dunn (Nonfiction)
Holt, reviewed by Laura Miller
Two lively new reference books about the origin of words and the slang slung by American subcultures.

Moscow Days By Gallina Dutkina (Nonfiction)
Kodansha, reviewed by Esther Wachs Book
Dutkina, a well-known Russian journalist, explores the economic and political realities -- including women's issues, class divisions, and crime -- of everyday life in the post-Soviet era.

Paris Trance By Geoff Dyer (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reviewed by Greg Bottoms
Working without plot, a novelist creates a prose photograph of a time and a place.

But Beautiful: A Book About Jazz By Geoff Dyer (Nonfiction)
North Point Press, reviewed by James Marcus
A young British novelist riffs on the lives of jazz greats such as Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk, with often surprising results.

Out of Sheer Rage By Geoff Dyer (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Reviewed by Stephanie Zacharek
More memoir than sober academic study, this book details one writer's obsession with D.H. Lawrence and his own writer's block.

RELEASE 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age By Esther Dyson (Nonfiction)
Broadway Books, reviewed by Scott Rosenberg
An influential technology industry insider delivers common sense on how the digital revolution will change our work, social and political lives.

"I May Not Get There With You" By Michael Eric Dyson (Nonfiction)
Free Press, Reviewed by Dante Ramos
What would Martin Luther King Jr. think today?

THE MUHAMMAD ALI READER Edited by Gerald Early (Nonfiction)
Ecco Press, Reviewed by Allen Barra
A collection of essays -- from Norman Mailer, Hunter S. Thompson and Tom Wolfe, among others -- that seeks to tease out Ali's multiple meanings.

Emerald City By Jennifer Egan (Fiction)
Doubleday, reviewed by Christine Muhlke
From the young author of the novel "The Invisible Circus," stories about models, housewives, fashion stylists and suburban teens that examine wild stirrings beneath placid surfaces.

Lord of the Barnyard: Killing the Fatted Calf and Arming the Aware in the Corn Belt By Tristan Egolf (Fiction)
Grove Press, Reviewed by Mark Luce
A tornado of a first novel tells the brilliantly cracked tale of a hellion outcast who takes on his redneck hometown

Blood Rites: Origins and History of the Passions of War By Barbara Ehrenreich (Nonfiction)
Metropolitan Books, reviewed by Megan Harlan
A short but probing look at the history of warfare, by the well-known Time magazine columnist.

All around Atlantis By Deborah Eisenberg (Fiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Albert Mobilio
Quiet, elegiac short stories about people who are hanging on, dropping out or in free fall, by a master of the form

Mrs. Ike: Memories and Reflections on the Life of Mamie Eisenhower By Susan Eisenhower (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux, reviewed by Katharine Whittemore
A sentimental but often compelling retelling of the life of President Dwight Eisenhower's remarkable wife, written by her granddaughter.

Smokestack Lightning By Lolis Eric Elie (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus & Giroux, reviewed by Dwight Garner
A travel memoir of sorts, in which the author, and a photographer friend, hit the road in search of America's best barbecue.

American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson By Joseph J. Ellis(Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by David Futrelle
A subtle portrait of our often contradictory third president, a fierce democrat who surrounded himself with aristocratic opulence.

Imagining Atlantis By Richard Ellis (Nonfiction)
Knopf, Reviewed by KatharineWhittemore
Did the famed 'lost city' exist or didn't it? The author, a marine expert, adeptly wades through dozens of (often crackpot) arguments and theories

Flying Home and Other Stories By Ralph Ellison(Fiction)
Random House, reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
Thirteen early short stories about childhood, race and identity, by the author of "Invisible Man."

My Dark Places By James Ellroy (Nonfiction)
Knopf, reviewed by Charles Taylor
A hardboiled memoir, by the well-known mystery writer, about his reckoning with his mother's still unsolved 1958 murder.

For the Relief of Unbearable Urges By Nathan Englander (Fiction)
Alfred A. Knopf, Reviewed by John Perry
A young writer offers spare, often brilliant tales of Orthodox and Hasidic Jews displaced from their physical, moral and spiritual lives

Nat King Cole By Daniel Mark Epstein (Nonfiction)
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, Reviewed by Greg Villepique
A top-notch biographycelebrates the jazz piano genius who gained his greatest fame as a popsinger.

Tales of Burning Love By Louise Erdrich (Fiction)
HarperCollins, reviewed by Kate Moses
The author's sequel (of sorts) to "Love Medicine," portrays an all-night storytelling session between four ex-wives of the same man.

American Nomad: Pop Visions, Restless Politics, and Apocalyptic Memories at the End of the Millennium By Steve Erickson (Nonfiction)
Holt, reviewed by David Futrelle
One of the strangest volumes of presidential campaign reportage ever written, commissioned by -- but not printed in -- Rolling Stone.

Diary of an Emotional Idiot By Maggie Estep (Fiction)
Harmony, reviewed by Meg Cohen Ragas
A well-known performance artist and poet chronicles what it's like to be single and desperate in New York's East Village.

The Vagina Monologues By Eve Ensler; foreword by Gloria Steinem (Nonfiction)
Villard, Reviewed by Sara Kelly
An adaptation of the author's award-winning off-Broadway show, featuring 15 often comic meditations on the female anatomy

The Antelope Wife By Louise Erdrich (Fiction)
HarperCollins, Reviewed by Elizabeth Judd
A sprawling novel about several generations in two Native American families, from the author of "Love Medicine."

The Law of Love By Laura Esquivel (Fiction)
Crown, reviewed by A. Scott Cardwell
In this new novel by the author of "Like Water for Chocolate," an astroanalyst seeks her "Twin Soul" across time and space.

... Or Not To Be: A Collection of Suicide Notes Edited by Mark Etkind (Nonfiction)
Riverhead Books, reviewed by Sally Eckhoff
From Adolf Hitler's to Kurt Cobain's to O.J. Simpson's, this ghoulishly entrancing book includes suicide notes from the famous and not.

Satyricon USA: A Journey Across the New Sexual Frontier By Eurydice (Nonfiction)
Scribner, Reviewed by Mary Elizabeth Williams
A writer is so determined to prove sex takes place between the earsthat she forgets it also occurs between the legs.

The Last Girl By Penelope Evans (Fiction)
St. Martins Press, reviewed by Jeanie Pyun
She's a mousy college girl; he's a retired bathhouse attendant who lives in her London apartment building. This compelling first novel is about what happens when his crush spins out of control.

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