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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

Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk

John Doe and Tom DeSavia

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

NOFX: The Hepatitis Bathtub and Other Stories

NOFX and Jeff Alulis

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Living Like a Runaway

Lita Ford

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Stick It! My Life of Sex, Drums, and Rock & Roll

Carmine Appice and Ian Gittins

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Terminated for Reasons of Taste

Chuck Eddy

Reviewed by Libby Webster, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Don't All Thank Me at Once: The Lost Pop Genius of Scott Miller

Brett Milano

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Small Town Talk: Bob Dylan, the Band, Van Morrison, Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix & Friends in the Wild Years of Woodstock

Barney Hoskyns

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Country Boys and Redneck Women

Diane Pecknold & Kristine M. McCusker

Reviewed by Abby Johnston, Music, Jun. 16, 2016

Dark Run

Summer reading recommendations that will take you out of this world

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Jun. 16, 2016

Arabella of Mars

David D. Levine

Reviewed by Adrienne Martini, Arts, Jun. 16, 2016

Arcadia: A Novel

Iain Pears

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Jun. 16, 2016

The Winged Histories

Sofia Samatar

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Jun. 16, 2016

Sheet Music: Waylon & The Grand Tour

Shooter Jennings' brother Terry delves into pop's big britches & Ol' Possum – blisters, warts, scars, et al.

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, May. 26, 2016

Trouble Boys: The True Story of the Replacements

'Mats 'tude – definitive

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, Mar. 31, 2016

Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s

Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb history Satanic Panic revives the Eighties in all its fearful hysteria Kier-La Janisse and Paul Corupe's superb history revives the Eighties in all its fearful hysteria

Reviewed by Marc Savlov, Arts, Mar. 10, 2016

Women of Mystery

Investigating the latest "persons of interest" in Texas' literary crime scene

Reviewed by Molly Odintz, Arts, Feb. 25, 2016

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