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Sarah Vowell

Unfamiliar Fishes

Published by Riverhead

May 03, 2011 Books Sarah Vowell

In her continuing quest to make American history accessible to us non-scholars, Sarah Vowell has explored the lives of assassinated presidents and wild puritans.

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Mar 28, 2011 Books Web Exclusive

In tragic, hilarious, and often dumbfounding vignettes of some of the world’s greatest thinkers and their relationships, Great Philosophers proves that brains and love have very little to do with each other.

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Marianne Tatom Letts

Radiohead and the Resistant Concept Album

Published by Indiana University Press

Feb 14, 2011 Books Web Exclusive

Marianne Tatom Letts sets out to do the impossible—find a larger structure in Radiohead’s enigmatic mess.

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Jan 04, 2011 Books

You are not likely to find many books more sacrilegious to read during the holiday season than something called The Atheist’s Guide to Christmas. But this collection of 42 essays by nonbelievers was too good to put down.

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Alex Ross

Listen to This

Published by Farrar Straus Giroux

Dec 20, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Adroit New Yorker critic Alex Ross continues to stand atop the eroding wall between classical and popular song, but the two genres remain quite distinct. Classical aficionados commonly prefer the symphony hall, and consider recorded music an added creature comfort. The opposite is usually true for the pop world.

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Dec 01, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

This collection of Herb Wise’s photographs from the ‘60s and ‘70s is filled with loose, affecting portraits that bring out the true worth of the music that’s at the heart and soul of those pictured.

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Oct 11, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Michael Heatley’s examination of famed rock muses, while not extensive or exhaustive, is an interesting exploration for the layperson into the subjects of some of the most recognizable songs-about-girls.

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Sep 28, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Little Girl Blue is the tragic story of Karen Carpenter’s life, showing the heartache behind the wholesome, loving songs.

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Aug 26, 2010 Books Web Exclusive

Rich Bozzett, tour manager for Bon Jovi through the early days, recounts the rise of hair metal popsters Bon Jovi in all its sleazy glory.

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