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COMING OF AGE

EXCELLENT

THE GOD OF ANIMALS

By Aryn Kyle

A 12-year-old girl breaks wild horses. PAGE 30

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EXCELLENT

COAL BLACK HORSE

By Robert Olmstead

A 14-year-old boy searches for his father, a Confederate soldier. PAGE 28

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GOOD

RANT

An Oral History of Buster Casey

By Chuck Palahniuk

In this dark novel, teenagers contract rabies to get high. PAGE 42

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LATIN AMERICAN TURMOIL

EXCELLENT

THE SAVAGE DETECTIVES

By Roberto Bolano

Two poets from Mexico City travel together. PAGE 32

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GOOD/EXCELLENT

DELIRIUM

By Laura Restrepo

Colombian society, gone mad. PAGE 36

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EXCELLENT

THE MINISTRY OF SPECIAL CASES

By Nathan Englander

A Jewish family searches for their son during Argentina's Dirty War. PAGE 41

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POSTHUMOUSLY ASSEMBLED

EXCELLENT

A MIRACLE OF CATFISH

By Larry Brown

A Southern gothic. PAGE 30

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EXCELLENT

THE CHILDREN OF HURIN

By J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien

The First Age of Middle-earth. PAGE 50

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COMPENDIMANIA!

GOOD

CULTURAL AMNESIA

Necessary Memories from History and the Arts

By Clive James

A polymathic critic's history, of sorts. PAGE 57

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GOOD/EXCELLENT

THE CANON

A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science

By Natalie Angier

A science primer. PAGE 65

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GHOST STORIES

GOOD/EXCELLENT

ANGELICA

By Arthur Philips

FICTION--An homage to Henry James's "The Turn of the Screw." PAGE 34

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GOOD/EXCELLENT

SOFTSPOKEN

By Lucius Shepard

SF--But what if the ghosts weren't just a figment of someone's imagination? PAGE 50

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WISHED THEY WERE BETTER

FAIR/GOOD

FLIGHT

By Sherman Alexie

A troubled teen time traveler. PAGE 43

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FAIR

BURNING BRIGHT

By Tracy Chevalier

What if poet William Blake was your neighbor? PAGE 45

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HISTORICAL HYSTERIA

EXCELLENT

SOVEREIGN

A Matthew Shardlake Mystery

By C. J. Sansom

England, 1541. PAGE 46

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EXCELLENT

THE BOOK OF AIR AND SHADOWS

By Michael Gruber

A contemporary search for one of Shakespeare's lost plays. PAGE 49

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AWASH IN POST 9/11 FICTION

GOOD/EXCELLENT

THE UNKNOWN TERRORIST

By Richard Flanagan

An "innocent" woman is suddenly branded a terrorist. PAGE 39

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GOOD

FALLING MAN

By Don DeLillo

A meditation on the aftermath...

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