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Monday, August 3,2015
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The weird science of 'Music for Wartime,' 'American Innovations' and 'Gutshot'

History, science and pop culture collide in a trio of new short story collections

By Jim Ruland
Music for Wartime is Rebecca Makkai's third book but her first collection of short stories, which is unusual considering her short stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best American Short Stories, the annual anthology that collects the best literary short fiction published the previous year. 
Monday, July 13,2015
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Karolina Waclawiak's 'The Invaders' is a beach book for people who hate beach books

Cool off this summer with a novel full of awful beach people doing horrible things to each other

By Jim Ruland
With The Invaders, Karolina Waclawiak welcomes us to Little Neck Cove Yacht & Country Club, a beach community approximately an hour outside of New York City where wealthy retirees on the wrong side of 60 spend their days sailing, playing tennis and drinking the day away.  
Monday, June 22,2015
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Junkie loves

A look at two books with similar subjects and identical titles

By Jim Ruland
Everyone has heard the saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover," but what if two covers have similar subjects and the exact same title? 
Monday, June 1,2015
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'Sunblind Almost Motorcrash' is a literary needle drop

Lowbrow meets high concept in Daniel Mahoney's collection of fictitious record reviews

By Jim Ruland
If you love music, but the prospect of reading a collection of record reviews strikes you as a less-than-thrilling use of your time, Daniel Mahoney just might make you reconsider. 
Monday, May 11,2015
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A trio of debut novels with SoCal connections

Book reviews of 'The Miracle Girl,' 'Oh! You Pretty Things' and 'Everything I Never Told you'

By Jim Ruland
Oceanside author Andrew Roe has written what could be called a pre-apocalyptic novel set in the heady days leading up to Y2K, when doomsday cults were predicting the end of the world as we knew it.
Tuesday, April 21,2015
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Kim Gordon’s trip

Sonic Youth guitarist chronicles three decades of music and marriage

By Jim Ruland
Kim Gordon’s memoir, Girl in a Band, begins and ends with her divorce from her longtime husband and bandmate Thurston Moore. 
Monday, March 23,2015
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Southern California detective tales

Matt Coyle and Earl Javorsky keep readers in suspense

By Jim Ruland
Palm trees, sandy beaches and warm ocean breezes typically aren't the makings of a gritty detective novel. They are in Yesterday's Echo, local author Matt Coyle's debut novel and the first in the Rick Cahill detective series.
Monday, March 2,2015
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Master of the macabre

Celebrating Edward Gorey’s 90th birthday

By Jim Ruland
The Unstrung Harp is hardly an endorsement for a life in letters, yet it remains one of the most honest books about the writing process I've ever read.
Tuesday, February 10,2015
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Two ways of looking at a woman’s body

Reviews of ‘‘You Who Read Me with Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends’ by Dorothy Iannone and ‘Binary Star’ by Sarah Gerard

By Jim Ruland
In You Who Read Me with Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends (Siglio Press), a collection works by artist Dorothy Iannone and edited by Lisa Pearson, sex is both everywhere and nowhere. 
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.