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What is the proper scope of macro and micro economics? Should they merely analyze standard monetary statistical data? Or should we measure an economy’s true value by monetizing vital economic factors such as unpaid household labor and the depletion of  ...

Natalie Cole: Snowfall on the Sahara

Natalie Cole burst upon the scene in 1975 with the US top ten hit This Will Be and the album Inseparable. Other hits followed but, by the early eighties, sales were slipping and personal difficulties seemed likely to sink  ...

Lightning on the Sun – Robert Bingham

Robert Bingham’s high-toned thriller, Lightning on the Sun, moves nimbly between Cambodia and New York City. An international cast of characters crosses paths when a jaded young American living in Phnom Penh decides to try his luck at smuggling  ...

Until I Find You – John Irving

In contrast to several of John Irving’s large-scale comic novels of the past thirty years, Until I Find You likely won’t attract a wave of enthusiastic new readers to the writer’s work. (There are ardent fans of A Prayer  ...

Secrets of Sant’Angelo – Jeff Shapiro

Set in a storybook vision of rural Tuscany, Jeff Shapiro’s second novel, Secrets of Sant-Angelo, weaves its narrative way gracefully, partaking of operatic drama, rustic idyll, children’s story, psychological thriller and philosophical meditation. Nestled in the mountains on a  ...

Drives Like a Dream – Porter Shreve

Porter Shreve’s 2000 debut novel, The Obituary Writer, was a fresh and engaging shaggy-dog tale narrated by a plucky 22-year-old newspaperman named Gordie Hatch. Marooned in St. Louis as a lowly obituary-page reporter, Hatch dreams of becoming a big-time  ...