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- You Don't Love Me Yet  -  - Jonathan Lethem  - Doubleday, $24.95/hardcover  -  - In his sixth book, Jonathan Lethem takes the reader on a - journey that is as eclectic as the activities the characters - pursue, whether they're working for a fake complaint - phone line or rescuing a sick kangaroo from the zoo. - You Don't Love Me Yet weaves together stories - of the four members of a struggling Los Angeles alt-rock - band and their friends, resulting in a quirk-filled read. - Unfortunately, many of the characters are as superficial - as are the songs the band writes. Directly questioning - Lethem about his book's commentary on art, life and - love might be the best way to figure it all out. And you - can at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 24. He'll be at the - Colfax Avenue Tattered Cover (2526 E. Colfax Ave., - Denver, 303/322-7727), reading and signing.  - Kirsten Akens
  • You Don't Love Me Yet

    Jonathan Lethem

    Doubleday, $24.95/hardcover

    In his sixth book, Jonathan Lethem takes the reader on a journey that is as eclectic as the activities the characters pursue, whether they're working for a fake complaint phone line or rescuing a sick kangaroo from the zoo. You Don't Love Me Yet weaves together stories of the four members of a struggling Los Angeles alt-rock band and their friends, resulting in a quirk-filled read. Unfortunately, many of the characters are as superficial as are the songs the band writes. Directly questioning Lethem about his book's commentary on art, life and love might be the best way to figure it all out. And you can at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 24. He'll be at the Colfax Avenue Tattered Cover (2526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, 303/322-7727), reading and signing. Kirsten Akens

- Extraordinary Knowing: Science, - Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human - Mind   -  - Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, Ph.D.  - Bantam Books, $26/hardcover  -  - My grandmother and her twin sister had a connection - they couldn't explain. More than once, when one was - seriously sick or injured, the other would know instantly, - even if she were miles away. Dr. Lisby Mayer had a - similar experience with "extraordinary knowing" that she - couldn't chalk up to mere coincidence, and it led her on - the journey she shares in this book. In an attempt to - reconcile her experience with her understanding of - reality, she conducted interviews with psychics, scientists - and academics, reviewed stacks of research studies, and - uncovered stories similar to her own. Though ultimately - offering more questions than answers, her journey - challenges readers to examine their own ideas about the - limitations of science, the powers of the human mind - and what might be possible.   Jill Thomas
  • Extraordinary Knowing: Science, Skepticism, and the Inexplicable Powers of the Human Mind

    Elizabeth Lloyd Mayer, Ph.D.

    Bantam Books, $26/hardcover

    My grandmother and her twin sister had a connection they couldn't explain. More than once, when one was seriously sick or injured, the other would know instantly, even if she were miles away. Dr. Lisby Mayer had a similar experience with "extraordinary knowing" that she couldn't chalk up to mere coincidence, and it led her on the journey she shares in this book. In an attempt to reconcile her experience with her understanding of reality, she conducted interviews with psychics, scientists and academics, reviewed stacks of research studies, and uncovered stories similar to her own. Though ultimately offering more questions than answers, her journey challenges readers to examine their own ideas about the limitations of science, the powers of the human mind and what might be possible. Jill Thomas

- Platte River  -  - Rick Bass  - Bison Books, $18.95/paperback  -  - Comprised of three short fiction stories by one of - America's most notable contemporary nature writers, - Platte River proves an accessible and - entertaining read, provided you like impossibly - grandiose  yet imaginative  plotlines and mud-thick - sensory details. Bass writes triumphantly, with dirt under - his fingernails. The protagonists, both male and female, - of "Mahatma Joe," "Field Events" and the title story all - contend with their places in the natural world in some - manner. Some are all too human, enduring torn love, - isolation and other emotional storms. One is larger than - life, introduced doing the butterfly stroke  while - towing a canoe weighted with cast-iron statues - upstream. These stories, though simple and even silly on - the surface, are rich with symbolism and ultimately hark - back to deeper existentialist and often anti-deterministic - conflicts well worth investigation.  Matthew Schniper
  • Platte River

    Rick Bass

    Bison Books, $18.95/paperback

    Comprised of three short fiction stories by one of America's most notable contemporary nature writers, Platte River proves an accessible and entertaining read, provided you like impossibly grandiose yet imaginative plotlines and mud-thick sensory details. Bass writes triumphantly, with dirt under his fingernails. The protagonists, both male and female, of "Mahatma Joe," "Field Events" and the title story all contend with their places in the natural world in some manner. Some are all too human, enduring torn love, isolation and other emotional storms. One is larger than life, introduced doing the butterfly stroke while towing a canoe weighted with cast-iron statues upstream. These stories, though simple and even silly on the surface, are rich with symbolism and ultimately hark back to deeper existentialist and often anti-deterministic conflicts well worth investigation. Matthew Schniper

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