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Jay Stout Jan 28, 2015 The retired Marine stops by to sign and discuss Hell's Angels: The True Story of the 303rd Bomb Group in World War II. 59 other events on Wednesday, January 28
 
Spin Cycle
A crucial vote on the party’s future happens this month
Check 1, Check 2 | Music & nightlife
Observatory to take over historic location
Canvassed | Art & culture
Our weekly Red List round-up
The World Fare
Dumplings, borscht and Stroganoff highlight the La Mesa eatery’s menu
Film
MLK biopic starring David Oyelowo tops our coverage of movies screening around town

 

 
 
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Monday, January 19,2015
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Strangeness in the stacks: 3 works of fiction set in Japan

Reviews of Haruki Murakami’s ‘The Strange Library,’ Yoko Ogawa’s ‘The Housekeeper and the Professor’ and Mary Yukari Waters ‘The Laws of Evening’

By Jim Ruland
I’m not the biggest fan of Haruki Murakami’s fiction, but when I saw a copy of The Strange Library in the bookstore, I had to pick it up. The slender volume sealed in plastic and designed by rock-star book designer Chip Kidd made me intensely curious about what strange magic might be inside.
Monday, December 29,2014
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Pynchon at the beach

Walking in the footsteps of the world’s most reclusive author

By Jim Ruland
A friend of mine went into a bookstore in Los Angeles and asked the man behind the counter if they had a copy of Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. "You don't want to read that," he said.
Monday, December 8,2014
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Lindsay Hunter’s ‘Ugly Girls’ raises the stakes

Short-story writer’s debut novel is sensational

By Jim Ruland
In Lindsay Hunter’s sensational debut novel, Ugly Girls, Baby Girl and Perry are high schoolers from Hell. Perry is the pretty one. Baby Girl seeks a different kind of attention.
Monday, November 17,2014
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The Marlowe drive of Juniper Song

Steph Cha’s new detective novel, ‘Beware Beware,’ follows the footsteps of Raymond Chandler’s famous gumshoe

By Jim Ruland
Much like her fictional forebear, Philip Marlowe, Juniper Song drinks heavily, smokes like a chimney and calls Los Angeles home. 
Monday, October 27,2014
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Exploring ‘Doctor Benjamin Franklin’s Dream America’

A work of historical fiction with a speculative twist

By Jim Ruland

To say that Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America is an inventive work of fiction is like calling the ocean a tad salty. 


Monday, October 6,2014
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Donald Westlake’s legacy

A pro’s pro of hardboiled crime fiction

By Jim Ruland
One of my favorite characters in all of hardboiled crime is a thief named Alan Grofield, the protagonist of Lemons Never Lie.
Monday, September 15,2014
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Two tales of lost innocence

Reviews of Wendy Ortiz’s ‘Excavation’ and Eirik Clark’s ‘Sweetness #9’

By Jim Ruland
How do you tell the story of an abusive relationship when you don't recognize its wrongness until many years have passed? That's the problem and central metaphor of Wendy Ortiz's memoir, Excavation. 
Monday, August 25,2014
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Two new novels with very different takes on procreation

Reviews of ‘The Shimmering Go-Between’ by Lee Klein and ‘Crazy Horse’s Girlfriend’ by Erika T. Wurth

By Jim Ruland
Klein's mastery over these two narratives makes The Shimmering Go-Between a shocking and delightful debut that will beguile you at every turn.
Monday, August 4,2014
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The enduring influence of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’

What inspired me as I wrote my first novel

By Jim Ruland
Last week, my first novel, Forest of Fortune, was published. No, I'm not going to review my own work, but I would like to discuss two of the amazing books that inspired me. 
Friday, July 11,2014
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David Goodis come out of the dark

Shadowy author of hardboiled crime gets his moment in the sun

By Jim Ruland
Goodis' stories were straightforward, and his characters tended to be working-class people on the fringes of respectability, but his prose was more lyrical and highly stylized.
 
 
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