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Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker

Nicholson Baker, no stranger to provocative novels, has a novel, Checkpoint, that features two men who share a lunch and conversation in a Washington, D.C. hotel room. Jay and Ben talk about a variety of topics, including the war in Iraq, when Jay informs Bob that he intends to assassinate President Bush. Jay sees this act as a necessary evil to stop the president from causing more death and destruction. Ben tries to talk his friend out of it, and it's the eerie conversation filled with current events and references that give Checkpoint its edge. Unsurprisingly, a novel this controversial has received mixed reviews. The Associated Press says, "Readers of Checkpoint may walk away from it outraged or provoked, entertained or disgusted. They may want to give Baker the Pulitzer or they may want to call in the Secret Service. But they'll all have a better window into why the people who despise the Bush administration and want to turn it out in November feel the way they do."
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