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Editing Would Have Helped ‘Angel’

“The Angel of Darkness” Caleb Carr (Random House, $25.95) The sequel to the enormously popular “The Alienist” recently arrived and with it comes a question: Is too much of a …


‘The World’ A Glance At Writer’s Personality

“The World, the World: Memoirs of a Legendary Traveler” by Norman Lewis (Holt/John Macrae, 293 pp., $27.50) Norman Lewis, now closing in on his 10th decade, may well be the …


‘Man Crazy’ Follows Ingrid’s Journey In Life

“Man Crazy” by Joyce Carol Oates (Dutton, 288 pages, $22.95) Here’s what Joyce Carol Oates has been doing lately: selecting the stories and writing an introduction to an H.P. Lovecraft …


Maya Angelou’s Poetic Prose Resonates In Book Of Essays Few Pieces In Collection Offer Deep Insight Of Writer’s Previous Works

“Even The Stars Look Lonesome” By Maya Angelou (Random House, 145 pages, $18) I came to this book as many fans of Maya Angelou might: with respect for her as …


Chronicling Courtney: Author Tries To Capture Intriguing Life

A biography of Courtney Love made sense to writer Poppy Z. Brite. Photo by Associated Press


Thrilling ‘Siberian’ Born From New Genre

“Siberian Light” By Robin White (Delacorte, 441 pages, $23.95) Ironically, the hot new place for international skullduggery is rimey Siberia, where it is so cold they do not have metal …


Ex-Psychotherapist Muses About Dogs’ Attraction To Us

“Dogs Never Lie About Love: Reflections on the Emotional World of Dogs” By Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson (Crown, 274 pp., $24) Have dogs become our platonic ideal? Loyal, heroic, compassionate and …


Late Author’s Book Will Appeal To Beat Fans

“Some of the dharma” By Jack Kerouac (Viking, 416 pages, $29.95) One of the most trenchant commentaries on the phenomenon that was Jack Kerouac was contained in an episode of …


‘North Country’ Worth Reading But Chapters On Northwest Unfair

“North Country: A Personal Journey” By Howard Frank Mosher (Houghton Mifflin, 259 pages, $23) Under ordinary circumstances, I don’t even pick up books by writers - male or female - …


Career Track Creating Inner Conflict With Private Life

“When Work Doesn’t Work Anymore” By Elizabeth Perle McKenna (Delacorte Press, $23.95, 304 pp.) Disillusioned June Cleavers told their daughters to be successful in the work world but showed them …


Civil War Novel ‘Cold Mountain’ Leaves Battles In Background

Charles Frazier


Dewhurst’s Autobiography Full Of Insights, Comedy

“Colleen Dewhurst: Her Autobiography” by Colleen Dewhurst; written with and completed by Tom Viola (Scribner, 400 pp., $27.50) Colleen Dewhurst, who died at age 67 in 1991 of cancer of …


Powerful Debut Writer’s First Work Of Fiction Paints Vivid Pictures Of The Lives Of Two Twins Rooted In India

Arundhati Roy’s nove., “The God of Small Things,” was No. 8 on the New York Times best-seller list last week. Photo by TPN


Studs Terkel Book Probes Nation’s Soul

“My American Century” By Studs Terkel (The New Press, 544 pages, $25) He is a legend, and the custodian of American democracy. In eight oral histories, whose themes range from …


Season To Read As Summer Enters The Homestretch, Try These Titles To Keep Your Kid’s Mind Off School

1. A county fair is documented from setup to takedown and illustrated with paintings in Ted Lewin’s “Fair!” 2. (photo of book jacket of “Fair!”) 3. (photo of book jacket …


‘Timbuktu’ Tribute To Author’s Friend

“To Timbuktu” By Mark Jenkins (Morrow, 224 pages, $25) Some fine adventure/travel books have been written in recent years by writers who have set themselves an audacious or quixotic quest. …


Hey, It’s Not Rocket Science; It’s Computer Cracking

“At Large: The Strange Case of the World’s Biggest Internet Invasion” by David H. Freedman and Charles C. Mann (Simon & Schuster, 315 pp., $27.95) Despite the impressions left by …


‘Undertaking’ Offers Matter-Of-Fact Look At Life

“The Undertaking: Life Studies From the Dismal Trade” By Thomas Lynch ($23, Norton, 202 pages) When Thomas Lynch was a boy growing up in the Midwest, he used to tell …


G.M. Ford’s ‘The Bum’s Rush’ A Good Yarn

“The Bum’s Rush” By G.M. Ford (Walker and Co., $22.95) Three novels ago, Seattle writer G.M. Ford introduced private eye Leo Waterman in “Who In Hell Is Wanda Fuca?” - …


‘A Place To Call Home’ Southern Storytelling At Its Best

“A Place to Call Home” By Deborah Smith (Bantam, $23.95) Rarely will a book touch your heart like “A Place to Call Home.” So sit back, put your feet up …


‘A Case Of Need’ A Pleasure To Read

“A Case of Need” was the first book Michael Crichton wrote. Nonetheless, it has the many characteristics that make Crichton’s later books enjoyable. It is not a science fiction novel. …


Author Skillfully Retells Story In ‘The Perfect Storm’

“The Perfect Storm” is the perfect book for the beach this summer, and the key word here is beach. If you are going to be leaving sand firma for the …


‘Education’ Son’s Story Of Being Left Behind

“Furthering My Education: A Memoir” by William Corbett ($21.95, Zoland Books, 209 pp.) On a Thursday morning in 1965, Dr. William Corbett posted a note on his office door. “I …


‘Soup’ Stories Warm The Soul

“Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul” is the newest addition to the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book family. The first-person stories touch on topics ranging from relationships, to friendships, …


‘Dinotopia Lost’ A Great Find

Almost everyone is familiar with James Gurney’s “Dinotopia” books, which are filled with pictures of dinosaurs working alongside humans in a community called Dinotopia. Alan Dean Foster has written a …


Suburbia Presents A Challenging Problem Author Douglas Kelbaugh Says Our Lifestyles Are Using Up The Good Life We’re All Pursuing

“Common Place: Toward Neighborhood and Regional Design” by Douglas Kelbaugh (University of Washington Press, $35) We’ve been fooled into thinking we can afford suburbia. Lulled into nonchalance by cheap oil, …


Storytelling Shines In ‘The Sylvan Path’

Gary Ferguson


Columbia River Gorge Focus Of ‘New West’

“Planning a New West” by Carl Abbott, Sy Adler and Margery Post Abbott ($26.95, Oregon State University Press) Whether you are a recent arrival, or you belong to a family …


‘The Bible Code’ Explores Possibilities

“The Bible Code” by Michael Drosnin (Simon & Schuster, $25) Four years before Michael Drosnin heard of the phenomenon he would describe in “The Bible Code,” four mathematicians wrote that …


Long Bitter Journey Charles Frazier’s Novel Chronicles A Confederate Foot Soldier’s Harrowing Long Walk Home

Charles Frazier, a 46-year-old college professor, revised “Cold Mountain” 15 times during seven years of work before Atlantic Monthly Press bought it. Photo by Associated Press