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Book Reviews Archive

November 29, 1999

What are a couple of smart, ironic writers doing in a place like a casino? They're (how did you guess?) losing. But their loss is the readers' gain.

November 8, 1999
Call Me Mrs.

"Ahab's Wife," the latest in the emerging genre of footnote fiction, doesn't add much to Melville's masterpiece. On its own terms, though, it's surprisingly successful.

October 25, 1999
Toy Story

In Michael Lewis's new book, a "Last Tycoon"-ish tale of brilliant excess, a Silicon Valley genius builds the tallest sailboat in the world.

October 11, 1999
Bad Aptitude

Is the S.A.T., instituted to create a fairer society, having the opposite effect? That's Nicholas Lemann's conclusion in his excellent new book.

October 4, 1999

In her new book, Susan Faludi takes her reporter's microscope in search of American men. Predictably, she misses the forest for the trees.

September 27, 1999

Frank McCourt's latest is another virtuoso display of charm and sheer likeability. But the suspicion arises: Is he really a misanthrope?

September 6, 1999
Hitler in Bed

Ron Hansen is a very good writer, but did we really need someone to imagine the (predictably nauseating) sex life of the personification of evil?

August 30, 1999

Disney's controlled experiment in small-town life is both a little Utopia and a breed of fascism. But mostly, there's not enough there there.

August 23, 1999
Speed Read

We can't escape the accelerating pace of modern life, argues James Gleick, so we might as well enjoy it. But that doesn't leave time for much else -- say, reading.

August 9, 1999
Lost Generation X

Geoff Dyer's "Paris Trance" follows Fitzgerald back to France -- with ecstasy in place of vin rouge. But here, the City of Light is dimmer.

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