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- Cartoonist Looks Back On Career Built On Unnerving Visions
As a young man, Jim Woodring was looking for a sign — and he found it in a huge, green hallucinated amphibian. His new book of old drawings, Jim, includes many works inspired by such "apparitions." [Sat, Oct. 25]
- 'Beautiful You' Makes Sex And Death Boring
Chuck Palahniuk aims for piquant social satire in his new novel, but reviewer (and longtime fan) Jason Sheehan finds his fandom severely dented by lazy characterizations and lack of actual satire. [Sat, Oct. 25]
- Novelist Nuruddin Farah: Facing A Blank Page Is 'Bravest Thing' A Writer Does
Farah's latest is called Hiding in Plain Sight. It's the story of Bella, a Somali photographer living in Rome who gets drawn into the lives of her niece and nephew after her half-brother is killed. [Sat, Oct. 25]
- The Life Of De Niro, From 'Mean Streets' To 'Meet The Parents'
Shawn Levy's brick-sized new biography of screen legend Robert De Niro was produced without cooperation from the actor — but Levy says that just forced him to do better research. [Sat, Oct. 25]
- 'Heap House' Is A Treasure Of A Trash Tale
Edward Carey's illustrated young adult novel about the keepers of mystical trash heaps (yes, you read that right) in an alternate Victorian London combines thrills with intelligence and compassion. [Sat, Oct. 25]