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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

Pleasantville

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

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

The Do-Right

Lisa Sandlin

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Feb. 25, 2016

Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery

Melissa Lenhardt

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Feb. 25, 2016

Sunset City

Melissa Ginsburg

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

Love Notes From the Bear

Austin's big brown bear of a singer-songwriter-Stratocaster, Jon Dee Graham, doodles his wife, real-life concerns, and ardor

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, Feb. 11, 2016

The Sherlock Holmes Book

This encyclopedic overview of all things Holmesian will add a literary elegance to your coffee table

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, Dec. 23, 2015

Sherlock Chronicles

A look behind the scenes of the BBC series Sherlock is informative, if not intimate

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Dec. 23, 2015

Mycroft Holmes

This adventure of the Great Detective's brother as a young man is a fine addition to the canon

Reviewed by Molly Odnitz, Arts, Dec. 23, 2015

The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories

A stupendous survey of Sherlockian parodies and pastiches from 1890 to the present

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 23, 2015

A Life ... Well, Lived

A redneck mother's recollections – those that remain

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Weird Yet Strange: Notes From an Austin Music Artist

Vaunted Austin artist writes beyond his own posters

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Austin City Limits: A Monument to Music

Four decades of ACL tapings told in (mostly) pictures

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Way Down in Louisiana: Clifton Chenier, Cajun, Zydeco, and Swamp Pop Music

South Louisiana stew with a side of accordion

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

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