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The Must List: September 21, 2007

Ten Things We Love This Week

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The Must List: September 21, 2007

MUSIC
1. ”LOVE IS A LOSING GAME”
This song makes us misty — more so when watching YouTube footage of the recently hospitalized Amy Winehouse crooning her melancholy single at the U.K.’s Mercury Prize show. Review >

TV
2. SONYA WALGER in ‘Tell Me You Love Me’
As a woman struggling to conceive, the actress (better known as Penelope from Lost) lends dramatic heft to HBO’s risqué new show about couples’ sex lives. Review >

BOOK
3. AN ARSONIST’S GUIDE TO WRITERS’ HOMES IN NEW ENGLAND, by Brock Clarke
In this sly comedy, a onetime fire starter finds his past exposed after a recent series of suspicious blazes. Review >

MUSIC
4. CIVILIANS, Joe Henry
The music vet — Madonna’s brother-in-law (small world!) — is back with a soulful rock album. Review >

MOVIE
5. IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH
Paul Haggis (Crash) directs this quiet but weighty film about a father (Tommy Lee Jones) who probes into his Iraq-vet son’s mysterious death. Review >

MUSIC
6. Gwen Stefani’s ”NOW THAT YOU GOT IT” video
The Ain’t No Hollaback Girl joins Damian Marley and the Harajuku Girls for a Jamaican escapade.

DVD
7. THE OFFICE: SEASON 3 DVD extras
Because you haven’t truly, like, experienced the series till you’ve witnessed the ecstatic mash-up that is the ”Dwight Schrute Music Video.” Review >

BOOK
8. HERO, by Perry Moore
Moore, a Chronicles of Narnia producer, delivers a kicky first novel about a kid who faces the usual teen-boy issues: coming out to his dad, finding his MIA mom, dealing with his nascent superpowers…

TV
9. NASHVILLE
It’s Laguna Beach for the country crowd. You’re getting hooked on the Fox series even as you read this. Preview >

READER’S CHOICE
10. BURN NOTICE
Back on the Must List by popular demand: USA’s cheeky spy series, starring Jeffrey Donovan and Bruce Campbell. Review >
Submitted by Kari Perry

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