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Pete Jordan

In 1989 Pete Jordan was a 23-year-old college dropout with no money and no idea what he wanted to do. Hence, dishwashing. The jobs were easy to get and required little skill, thought, or commitment. The work struck a weird spark inside his slacker skull, and Jordan soon transformed himself into “Dishwasher Pete,” an insouciant […]

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Dan Beachy-Quick

Dan Beachy-Quick, an instructor in the writing program at the School of the Art Institute, introduces his third book of poetry, Mulberry (Tupelo Press), by calling the silkworm weaving its cocoon from a single thread a metaphor for the book, a construction in which he can bide before later emerging, changed. Others bide there too, […]

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Mark Swartz

Next to air, water is the natural resource most taken for granted–and the one whose lack leaves us the most royally screwed. So wouldn’t it behoove a corporation to corner the market on the stuff? That’s the setup for Mark Swartz’s second novel, H2O (Soft Skull). The year is 2020 and Chicago has grown to […]

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Erik Larson

In 1910 the world was rocked by what became known as the North London Cellar Murder when a pile of human viscera was found buried in a basement. The man of the house, a mild-mannered doctor named Hawley Harvey Crippen, had some months earlier reported his wife missing and now was on the lam with […]

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Brief Reviews

THE NYMPHOS OF ROCKY FLATS | Mario Acevedo | Rayo | Former infantryman Mario Acevedo manages to seamlessly blend several genres in his smooth, wryly funny debut novel. Nymphos starts off as a war thriller: enlisted grunt Felix Gomez is just trying to survive in Iraq when he mistakenly shoots a civilian girl who bleeds […]