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ISBN-13: 9780393081572
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company, 4/2013

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Food and You, From One End to the Other

‘Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,’ by Mary Roach


"Gulp” is far and away her funniest and most sparkling book, bringing Ms. Roach’s love of weird science to material that could not have more everyday relevance. Having graduated from corpses (“Stiff”), the afterlife (“Spook”) and sex (“Bonk,” full of stunts featuring Ms. Roach as guinea pig), she takes on a subject wholly mainstream. She explores it with unalloyed merriment. And she is fearless about the embarrassment that usually accompanies it. 



Life After Life (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9781565122550
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Published: Shannon Ravenel Books, 3/2013


Learning 'Life' Lessons With McCorkle's Seniors

March 27, 2013 7:00 AM 


McCorkle's novel glistens with empathy for quirky, often flawed but above all believably human characters who are trying to navigate challenging relationships with spouses, parents and children. Her gentle wit and sympathetic portrayal of the offbeat and the elderly evoke Anne Tyler as well as several Southern storytellers, including Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, Clyde Edgerton and All Things Considered commentator Bailey White. As in Thornton Wilder's Our Town, a not entirely rosy portrait emerges of a small community where people know a lot about each other — though often not the most important things — and where the dead live on in local memory.

ISBN-13: 9780802120755
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Published: Grove Press, 3/2013


'I Want to Show You More,' Jamie Quatro


Updated 4:01 pm, Friday, March 15, 2013

The writing itself also moves between the real and the unreal, with roughly half of the stories falling into the realm of magic realism. It might be natural to draw comparisons between some of today's great short fiction writers, such as Amy HempelLydia Davis and David Means, but with these imaginative stories, Quatro very much establishes her own distinctive voice and style.



ISBN-13: 9781594204579
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Published: Penguin Press HC, The, 3/2013

The Washington Post

Hugo Chavez — where Marx met Oprah.

'Comandante' by Rory Carroll

By , Published: March 6

We see, in this vivid narrative, a government that is Shakespearean in its failings. By 2000, one year after Chavez was installed, a campaign everyone could believe in — rout the corrupt! elevate the poor! invigorate the nation! — had produced a clone of Cuba’s faltering communist state. “Fatherland, socialism or death!” had replaced the old Venezuelan battle cry, “Patria o muerte!,” and Chavez made no secret that he would go to any length to see that things went his way.