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Last Woman Standing by Amy Gentry

Amy Gentry’s Austin-set second novel is an electric revenge thriller

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Jan. 17, 2019

Wasn't That a Time: the Weavers, the Blacklist, and the Battle for the Soul of America

Once, folk singers faced jail time and worse for their political affiliations

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

Tori Amos's Boys for Pele

The cult of Tori Amos and how to navigate a life of writing

Reviewed by Rachel Rascoe, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

How to Be Famous

A fictional relative to High Fidelity

Reviewed by Abby Johnston, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

The Hard Stuff: Dope, Crime, the MC5 & My Life of Impossibilities

MC5 leader rolls five books into one

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

My Years With Townes Van Zandt

Twenty years with Townes Van Zandt riding shotgun

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

Debussy: A Painter in Sound

What does it mean to be a classical radical?

Reviewed by Graham Reynolds, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century

Time to rethink jazz

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

Been So Long: My Life and Music

Have a sip of Kool-Aid and flash back to the Haight-Asbury

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

Let's Go (So We Can Get Back): A Memoir of Recording and Discording With Wilco, Etc.

Kids, cancer, and Vicodin: Jeff Tweedy’s life in Wilco – first half!

Reviewed by William Harries Graham, Music, Dec. 20, 2018

A Mile Above Texas

Gorgeous images of land and water shot from the air provide a fresh perspective on the Lone Star State

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 6, 2018


One family man’s fight to survive divine assaults and a community turned against him becomes a rollicking, rambling epic, superbly rendered

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, Dec. 6, 2018

Emergency Contact

It’s wry and vulnerable love via text message in this YA novel set in Austin

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Dec. 6, 2018

I Am a Filipino and This Is How We Cook

Nicole Ponseca and Miguel Trinidad

Reviewed by Kahron Spearman, Food, Oct. 25, 2018

Buttermilk Graffiti

Edward Lee

Reviewed by Jessi Devenyns, Food, Oct. 25, 2018

Texas BBQ: Small Town to Downtown

Wyatt McSpadden

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Food, Oct. 25, 2018

You and I Eat the Same

Chris Ying

Reviewed by Danny Palumbo, Food, Oct. 25, 2018

Pie Squared

Cathy Barrow

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Food, Oct. 25, 2018

Check, Please!

Ngozi Ukazu

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Food, Oct. 25, 2018

Number One Chinese Restaurant

Lillian Li

Reviewed by Emily Beyda, Food, Oct. 25, 2018

Breaking Bread

Martin Philip

Reviewed by Alisha McDarris, Food, Oct. 25, 2018

There There

The Big Oakland Powwow provides a window into modern Native American life in Tommy Orange’s searing debut novel

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 25, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere

Celeste Ng’s second novel offers rich portrayals of motherhood in the suburbs

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 25, 2018

The Wedding Date

For a good time, read Jasmine Guillory’s delightful debut romcom

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 25, 2018

November Road

Lou Berney’s latest, set around JFK’s assassination, is a tightly written crime tale worthy of Raymond Chandler or James M. Cain

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Oct. 25, 2018

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

This bittersweet novel charts a wrongful conviction's effect on a young couple

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 18, 2018

Suicide Club: A Novel About Living by Rachel Heng

This debut novel about a future in which people can live forever is a bittersweet yet life-affirming story of eternity versus death

Reviewed by M. Brianna Stallings, Arts, Oct. 11, 2018

From Slavery to Buffalo Soldier in Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen

Sarah Bird's historical novel tells one woman's unique tale of freedom

Reviewed by Marisa Charpentier, Arts, Oct. 4, 2018

Presidio by Randy Kennedy

For his debut novel, Kennedy creates a road story that portrays the harsh West Texas terrain beautifully and fills it with sympathetic characters.

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Books, Sep. 13, 2018

Into the Black Nowhere by Meg Gardiner

In the sequel to UNSUB, Gardiner pits Caitlin Hendrix against a killer based on Ted Bundy and shows again what a great storyteller she is

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Jul. 26, 2018

The Undertaker's Daughter by Sara Blaedel

Denmark's Sara Blaedel brings the mystery Stateside with a Danish woman who must deal with both a funeral home she's inherited in Wisconsin and a local murder

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Arts, Jul. 19, 2018

Hunting the Golden State Killer in I'll Be Gone in the Dark

How Michelle McNamara tracked a killer before her untimely death

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Books, Jul. 19, 2018

Albert Race Sample Relives Texas Prison Life in Racehoss

Surviving 17 years on a prison farm

Reviewed by Elizabeth Banicki, Books, Jul. 19, 2018

Steven Saylor's The Throne of Caesar

Caesar's murder gets a fresh coat of paint in this mystery of ancient Rome

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Jul. 12, 2018

Bluebird, Bluebird by Attica Locke

A double murder in an East Texas town draws a black Texas Ranger deep into the shadows of the Piney Woods and the tangled race relations there

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Jul. 5, 2018

UT Professor on the Making of Texas Film Epic Giant

Don Graham's Giant: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Edna Ferber, and the Making of a Legendary American Film

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Books, Apr. 12, 2018

Elizabeth Crook’s The Which Way Tree

Chasing revenge on the Texas frontier in this remarkable new novel from the author of Monday, Monday

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Books, Mar. 8, 2018

The City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty

This debut fantasy novel is appealing, in part because it draws on legends of the Arab world for its magic

Reviewed by Elizabeth Cobbe, Arts, Mar. 1, 2018

NY in the Snow

In this gorgeous volume, photographer Vivienne Gucwa documents the Big Apple’s yearly transmogrification into a winter wonderland

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Books, Jan. 4, 2018

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

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