CHRISTOPHER RICE’S DEBUT COMING-OF-AGE OF A BULLIED YOUTH NOVEL

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POLICE TERRORISM AND POETS’ NARCISSISM IN MID-1950S SAN FRANCISCO

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DIE AGAIN TOMORROW – KIRA PEIKOFF MISSED AN OPPORTUNITY

Die Again Tomorrow by Kira Peikoff Pros: decent premise and story Cons: missed an opportunity for some real discussion Die Again Tomorrow by Kira Peikoff explores a couple different, yet related, death-inspired themes.  The first revolves around so-called Viatical Settlements – where someone (presumably with a terminal illness) sells their life insurance policy at a