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BOOKED SOLID: An admission officer's nightmare

Courtesy of Courtesy of Pretentious, rambling and naive are just a few of the less-than-desirable traits that describe Addison Schacht, the young protagonist of "The November Criminals" Sam Munson's debut novel, (released April 20). Munson adopts the voice of his whiny protagonist for this first-person narrative, and somehow manages to make Addison's story into a half-way decent and even likeable book. Addison is not your typical high school senior at least not in most areas of the country.


‘Columbine' reexamines shooting

I don't often tear up, but I cried while reading the last chapter of Dave Cullen's bestselling novel "Columbine" (2009), which was recently released in an expanded paperback edition.


BOOKED SOLID: Laura Bush keeps it classy

In the realm of cheesy titles, "Spoken From the Heart" really takes the cake. The title of former First Lady Laura Bush's newly-released autobiography is so awful I can't help but cringe.

"Its a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World"
Pictured: Blake Lively as Serena, William Baldwin as Dr. William van der Woodsen
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Little ‘Gossip' left about CW series

Courtesy of the CW Courtesy of the CW I wish it wasn't true, but the once-beloved CW series "Gossip Girl" has no soul. Back in 2007, when I first heard that Josh Schwartz creator and executive producer of Fox's "The O.C." would be in charge of producing a new television series based on the bestselling "Gossip Girl" teen novels, I was thrilled.


BOOKED SOLID: Looking for a Mother's Day gift? Read on.

"Imperfect Birds," the newest novel from Anne Lamott, is, I'm sorry to say, a mom book. We all know the kind suited to a book club full of moms looking for some juicy source material to start a discussion about adolescent secrecy and substance abuse.


BOOKED SOLID: Sing-ing crew's praises

Chances are that if you go to Dartmouth, you are connected to crew in some way or another. Perhaps you are a rower yourself, or you have a friend who you watch in bewilderment as they get up with the sunrise to attend their first but likely not only practice of the day.


BOOKED SOLID: ‘American Girl' Eveline channels Caulfield

It's obvious from the very beginning of "Anthropology of an American Girl" that author Hilary Thayer Hamann understands growing up from a young woman's perspective. "Of course being female is always somewhat indelicate and extreme, like operating heavy machinery," says a teenage Eveline, the continually endearing narrator of Hamann's newest novel, which will hit stores May 25. The novel, which chronicles Eveline's life from adolescence to her early 20s, clocks in at over 600 pages, but manages to avoid feeling slow or repetitive.

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