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click to enlarge The Double Bind  -  - Chris Bohjalian  - Random House, $25/hardcover -  -  - Best known for Midwives, his Oprah pick, - New York Times bestselling author Chris - Bohjalian tackles homelessness and violence against - women in his eighth book, The Double Bind. For - Bohjalian fans, the read is mostly consistent with - previous novels. He yet again masters the voice of a - female main character, while seamlessly weaving - numerous points-of-view throughout. For the first time, - Bohjalian borrows characters and concepts from a - classic, The Great Gatsby  a likely - disadvantage for those who missed high school English - the week this was assigned. Read The Double Bind -  at your own risk: Unlike Bohjalian's other novels, - the final pages present a shocking conclusion with a - sobering statement on the social issues he addresses. - You'll either want to toss the book in the recycle bin, or - start over and read it all again.  Kirsten - Akens
  • The Double Bind

    Chris Bohjalian

    Random House, $25/hardcover

    Best known for Midwives, his Oprah pick, New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian tackles homelessness and violence against women in his eighth book, The Double Bind. For Bohjalian fans, the read is mostly consistent with previous novels. He yet again masters the voice of a female main character, while seamlessly weaving numerous points-of-view throughout. For the first time, Bohjalian borrows characters and concepts from a classic, The Great Gatsby a likely disadvantage for those who missed high school English the week this was assigned. Read The Double Bind at your own risk: Unlike Bohjalian's other novels, the final pages present a shocking conclusion with a sobering statement on the social issues he addresses. You'll either want to toss the book in the recycle bin, or start over and read it all again. Kirsten Akens

click to enlarge Killed Cartoons: Casualties from - the War on Free Expression  -  - Edited by David Wallis  - W.W. Norton & Company, $15.95/ - paperback  -  - Censorship is so pass. Unfortunately, even here in Los - Estados Unidos, it's alive and pounding Red Bulls. - Killed Cartoons compiles works too - controversial for the public's eyes from various major - media newsroom wastebaskets. Many of the toons are - hillariously tasteless and craftily offensive, but some are - as innocuous as toast  leaving me exclaiming aloud, - "They killed that? Are you kidding?" more than - once. What's great are the accompanying backstories and - commentaries by the artists, complete with hellish - anecdotes about scissor-crazed editors scared of - offending the powers that be, and readers' and - advertisers' sensibilities. Subjects include 9/11, Bush, - Vietnam, Iraq, Nazism, sex, violence, the Holocaust and - even Christmas. You really don't know what you've been - missing, until now.  Matthew - Schniper
  • Killed Cartoons: Casualties from the War on Free Expression

    Edited by David Wallis

    W.W. Norton & Company, $15.95/ paperback

    Censorship is so pass. Unfortunately, even here in Los Estados Unidos, it's alive and pounding Red Bulls. Killed Cartoons compiles works too controversial for the public's eyes from various major media newsroom wastebaskets. Many of the toons are hillariously tasteless and craftily offensive, but some are as innocuous as toast leaving me exclaiming aloud, "They killed that? Are you kidding?" more than once. What's great are the accompanying backstories and commentaries by the artists, complete with hellish anecdotes about scissor-crazed editors scared of offending the powers that be, and readers' and advertisers' sensibilities. Subjects include 9/11, Bush, Vietnam, Iraq, Nazism, sex, violence, the Holocaust and even Christmas. You really don't know what you've been missing, until now. Matthew Schniper

click to enlarge Twinkie, Deconstructed: My - Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in - Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and - Manipulated into What America Eats  -  - Steve Ettlinger  - Hudson Street Press, $23.95/ - hardcover  -  - The soft, golden Twinkies that Mom put in my lunchbox - were little drops of heaven. The name alone conjured up - images of fairies crafting the confections with stardust - and magic. As I grew, I learned that fairies weren't real - and that Twinkies were "processed foods"  what that - "process" was remained a mystery to me. Steve Ettlinger - has written a book that takes readers through the - factories, mines and laboratories that put Twinkies and - other processed treats on the table. Each chapter - demystifies one ingredient on the Twinkie package in - this fascinating and startling read. Commendably, - Ettlinger doesn't frighten readers, but he does ask - questions like, "When does a chemical become a food?" I - prefer to believe it's whenever the fairies decide.  -  Jill Thomas
  • Twinkie, Deconstructed: My Journey to Discover How the Ingredients Found in Processed Foods Are Grown, Mined (Yes, Mined), and Manipulated into What America Eats

    Steve Ettlinger

    Hudson Street Press, $23.95/ hardcover

    The soft, golden Twinkies that Mom put in my lunchbox were little drops of heaven. The name alone conjured up images of fairies crafting the confections with stardust and magic. As I grew, I learned that fairies weren't real and that Twinkies were "processed foods" what that "process" was remained a mystery to me. Steve Ettlinger has written a book that takes readers through the factories, mines and laboratories that put Twinkies and other processed treats on the table. Each chapter demystifies one ingredient on the Twinkie package in this fascinating and startling read. Commendably, Ettlinger doesn't frighten readers, but he does ask questions like, "When does a chemical become a food?" I prefer to believe it's whenever the fairies decide. Jill Thomas

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