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Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln

Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln gives us an ambitious, impetuous president-to-be we grow close to Stephen Harrigan's A Friend of Mr. Lincoln gives us an ambitious, impetuous president-to-be we grow close to

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 29, 2016

Seduced By Sound: Austin

Seduced By Sound: Austin – 100 Musicians on Why They Make Music

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

I Am Brian Wilson / Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy

I Am Brian Wilson / Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Ramones at 40 / Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977-80

Ramones at 40 / Slash: A Punk Magazine From Los Angeles, 1977-80

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Born to Run

Born to Run

Reviewed by Libby Webster, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Lennon on Lennon: Conversations With John Lennon

Lennon on Lennon: Conversations With John Lennon

Reviewed by Greg Beets, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Altamont

Altamont

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Juggalo: Insane Clown Posse and the World They Made

Juggalo: Insane Clown Posse and the World They Made

Reviewed by Bryan Rolli, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits: A Novel

Screamin' Jay Hawkins' All-Time Greatest Hits: A Novel

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism

A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Play It Loud

Play It Loud: The Epic History of the Style, Sound, and Revolution of the Electric Guitar

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys

Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys

Reviewed by Marc Savlov, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Hank: The Short Life & Long Country Road of Hank Williams

Hank: The Short Life & Long Country Road of Hank Williams

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

Pretty Paper: A Christmas Tale

Pretty Paper: A Christmas Tale

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Dec. 8, 2016

The Dead Boy Detectives

Vertigo’s adventurous adolescent apparitions are an appealing throwback to the junior sleuths of the past

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 1, 2016

I’ll Take You There

Wally Lamb’s novel spotlights a spirit of early Hollywood, but its Metabook edition gives her a 21st century showcase

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 1, 2016

Saturday SOS Record Reviews

by Keith Morris, with Jim Ruland

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Nov. 3, 2016

Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark

The dean of Lone Star songwriting documented at the 11th hour

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, Nov. 3, 2016

The History of Rock & Roll, Volume 1: 1920-1963

Local music journalism pioneer takes on all of rock & roll

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Nov. 3, 2016

The Speed of Sound: Breaking the Barriers Between Music and Technology: A Memoir

How the one-hit UK synth-pop entrepreneur transcended the Top 40

Reviewed by Kahron Spearman, Music, Nov. 3, 2016

Who Killed These Girls?

Lowry brings a careful and deeply compassionate approach to her investigation of the Yogurt Shop Murders

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

The Devil’s Sinkhole

The follow-up to The Devil's Backbone is not only another wild ride but more proof that Bill Wittliff is a master storyteller

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

Razor Girl

Carl Hiaasen brings the Florida Man of tabloid headlines into his criminal swampland with gut-bustingly funny results

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2016: The Best Stories of the Year

The 20 tales packed into this volume go to unexpected places and reveal lifetimes in just a handful of pages

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

The Blind Astronomer’s Daughter

John Pipkin's novel rooted in astronomy is as compelling as the brightest arrangement of stars beneath the vault of heaven

Reviewed by W. A. Brenner, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

The Last Painting of Sara de Vos

The novel traces a painting's four-century history through a gallery of characters drawn with fondness and poignancy

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

White Sands: Experiences From the Outside World

Dyer has penned a thinking person's travelogue through territories geographic, cultural, and personal

Reviewed by W. A. Brenner, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

The Terror Years: From Al-Qaeda to the Islamic State

This companion to Wright's The Looming Tower offers more insight into the radical transformation of the Middle East

Reviewed by Michael King, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

The Wangs vs. the World

Chang's alternately humorous and poignant novel explores what it means to be American when the notion of America wears away

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

Wild Things, Wild Places: Adventurous Tales of Wildlife and Conservation on Planet Earth

Part memoir, part call to action, Alexander's book makes an effective case for caring for our world

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

Sweetbitter

Danler makes fusion cuisine of the kitchen confidential genre and a naif-in-the-city tale and reaps the rewards of both

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

A Gentleman in Moscow

With literary sleight of hand, Amor Towles takes an epic tale of Russia and finesses it into a charming romp

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

Today Will Be Different

The novel fuses absurd comedy and heart into a story that is compulsively readable and surprisingly resonant

Reviewed by Adrienne Martini, Arts, Nov. 3, 2016

On Bowie

Quickie Bowie bio and slim fanboy volume shades somewhat heroic

Reviewed by Bryan Rolli, Music, Aug. 11, 2016

Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense

Amy Gentry's page-turning thriller is set apart by its realistic and empathetic portrayal of abuse victims and their families

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Jul. 21, 2016

Let's Go to Hell: Scattered Memories of the Butthole Surfers

James Burns

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Texas Jailhouse Music: A Prison Band History

Caroline Gnagy

Reviewed by Alejandra Ramirez, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Kent Finlay, Dreamer: The Musical Legacy Behind Cheatham Street Warehouse

Brian T. Atkinson & Jenni Finlay

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Prince: The Man and His Music

Matt Thorne

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Kill 'Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul

James McBride

Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

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