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Twelve

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"Twelve" by Nick McDonnell
Reviewed by Donna Raskin

In an ideal world a young author (his bio simply says "Nick McDonnell was born in 1984 in New York City") would be judged solely on the merit of his work.

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The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have

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"The Dinner: The Political Conversation Your Mother Told You Never to Have" by Terry Paulson
Reviewed by Mark Bellis

In an imaginary California dinner conversation a white Republican couple tell a black Democratic one just how ill-informed they are--it's the Republican Party's manifesto,

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A Dark Matter

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"A Dark Matter" by Peter Straub

Review by Tracy Satterlee

In the 1960s, a spiritual guru attracted a group of four high school friends to his flock. promising enlightenment.

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The Bride Stripped Bare

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"The Bride Stripped Bare" by Anonymous
Reviewed by Nikki Tranter

This Australian bestseller claims to be somewhat of a manual for the sexually repressed. It's about a young woman escaping the confines of her loveless marriage through lusty affairs and one-night stands.

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The Keep

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"The Keep" by Jennifer Egan
Reviewed by Tracy Satterlee

Danny and Howie are cousins: Howie was "the weird one" at the family picnics, while Danny just wanted to fit in with the other kids.

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We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success

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"We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success"

Reviewed by Carol L. Bracken

Drs. Sampson Davis, George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt came from circumstances that more likely

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The First Thing Smoking

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"The First Thing Smoking" by Nelson Eubanks
Reviewed by Andrea Speed

This short story collection has a loose theme- they're all moments in the life of a man named Maceo, from his start in suburban New Jersey to his gritty childhood in New York, to his current adulthood in exotic--but rougher--Brazil.

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Freak Show

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"Freak Show" by Bruce Jones (art by Bernie Wrightson)

Reviewed by John Platt

This affordable hardcover reprints a long-lost classic by frequent collaborators Jones and Wrightson, known for some of the best horror comics of the last 20 years.

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Woken Furies

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"Woken Furies" by Richard K. Morgan
Reviewed by Steve Chaput

Richard K. Morgan won a Philip K. Dick Award for his first novel, "Altered Carbon" (2003). This book is the third in a series featuring Takeshi Kovacs, a former government operative (called Envoys, although they were more assassins and enforcers) in a distant future where people generally don't die as we know it.

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