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Esther's Follies: The Laughs, the Gossip, and the Story Behind Texas' Most Celebrated Comedy Troupe

In his history of Esther's Follies, author Jesse Sublett follows the flow of four decades of frivolity

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Nov. 30, 2017

Murder Ballads

This blues-infused crime thriller suggests a number of Dangerous Things to Do Outside Shreveport Until You’re Dead

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, Nov. 21, 2017

Uncommon Type: Some Stories

A funny and creative short fiction debut that’s strong in portraying male characters but thin where the women are concerned

Reviewed by Elizabeth Banicki, Arts, Nov. 2, 2017

Dinner at the Center of the Earth

A riveting novel in which a Jewish American becomes and Israeli spy and then a traitor to his adopted country

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Arts, Nov. 2, 2017

Blood Brothers

This book does a superb job of capturing the essence of these two great Americans and their shared love of the American West

Reviewed by Bobby Bridger, Arts, Nov. 2, 2017

A Moonless, Starless Sky

This journalist’s accounts of ordinary people seeking to create good in Africa is challenging, frightening, and powerful

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Arts, Nov. 2, 2017

Jimmy Buffett: A Good Life All the Way

The Parrothead behind the empire

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, Jul. 20, 2017

All Over the Map, True Heroes of Texas Music

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

Cornyation: San Antonio's Outrageous Fiesta Tradition

Reviewed by Alejandra Ramirez, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

The Broken Spoke: Austin's Legendary Honky-Tonk

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

Cowboy Song: The Authorized Biography of Thin Lizzy's Philip Lynott

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

Original Gangstas: Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre, Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and the Birth of West Coast Rap

Reviewed by Kahron Spearman, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

Lonely Boy: Tales From a Sex Pistol

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

Universal Harvester

Reviewed by Abby Johnston, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

The Show That Never Ends: The Rise & Fall of Prog Rock

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

John Prine Beyond Words

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

Total Chaos: The Story of the Stooges as Told by Iggy Pop

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, Jun. 15, 2017

American War by Omar El Akkad

This dystopian novel of a late 21st century America split by civil war shows how vengeance survives down the generations

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Arts, Apr. 20, 2017

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

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

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