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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

Fortunate Son

Ex-Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman rocks joy and rolls vengeance

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Petty: The Biography

Gator comes clean

Reviewed by Scott Jordan, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

M Train

Poet leaves time and space

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender

Pretenders frontwoman gets as far as album No. 2

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

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl

Dysfunction made me a riot grrrl

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Dark Days: A Memoir

Lamb of God frontman details his 31 days in a Czech prison

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Over the Top and Back: The Autobiography

It's not unusual that Tom Jones doesn't kiss and tell

Reviewed by Greg Beets, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Los Lobos: Dream in Blue

Four decades of that little ol' band from East L.A. in 162 pages

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

The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed

Thirty-six rap songs, one for each year of hip-hop's life

Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me

Where's Hooky?

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Music, Dec. 10, 2015

Kissing in America

Rabb's second YA novel features more than one love story, and they're all worth telling

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Arts, Dec. 10, 2015

Hill Country Property

Passion, compromise, and human frailty figure large in this touching and funny Texas novel

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Arts, Dec. 10, 2015

Bats of the Republic

An arcane tapestry of alternate cowboy history and steampunk sci-fi in a multitextured graphic package

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, Dec. 10, 2015

Gwendolyn's Sword

A well-researched and swiftly paced historical novel for grown-up girls who dreamed of being knights

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Dec. 10, 2015

Rules for Werewolves

This tale of runaways prowling suburbia in a pack recalls the eerie unreality of The Twilight Zone

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 10, 2015

The Wind in the Reeds

Treme actor Wendell Pierce finds Godot and gratitude in post-Katrina New Orleans

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Nov. 25, 2015

Sarah Vowell's Lafayette in the Somewhat United States

Everyone give it up for America's favorite fighting Frenchman

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 29, 2015

The First Collection of Criticism by a Living Female Rock Critic

Pitchfork Senior Editor compiles

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, Oct. 15, 2015

Comin' Right At Ya

Asleep at the Wheel bandleader Ray Benson describes his long, strange, Western Swing trip

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, Oct. 15, 2015

Going Into the City: Portrait of a Critic As a Young Man

One of the deans of music criticism details his backstory

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, Oct. 15, 2015

Don't Suck, Don't Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt

A love song from one Georgian to another

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, Oct. 15, 2015

Little Melba & Her Big Trombone

Little known female jazz trombone player gets her due – with children

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, Oct. 15, 2015

Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink

Elvis Costello by Elvis Costello in 688 pages

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, Oct. 15, 2015

The Heart Goes Last

Margaret Atwood creates a grim dystopian landscape and a luckless couple to stumble across it

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Oct. 15, 2015

A House of My Own: Stories From My Life

In this collection of essays, letters, lectures, and more, Sandra Cisneros opens wide the doors to the house of her life

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Arts, Oct. 15, 2015

The O. Henry Prize Stories 2015: The Best Stories of the Year

Editor Laura Furman has pulled together 20 stories spanning cultures and time and rich in emotion

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Oct. 15, 2015

All the Houses

Austin novelist Karen Olsson mines the world of Washington, D.C., in the Eighties to explores memory, loss, and desire

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Arts, Oct. 15, 2015

The Double Life of Liliane

This odd, beautiful book from Lily Tuck is part memoir, part novel, part poetry, part historical quilt

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Oct. 15, 2015

1960s Austin Gangsters

The noir novelist digs into the capital city's criminal past and unearths characters who are lively, colorful, and interesting

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Oct. 1, 2015

The Sex Lives of Siamese Twins

The Trainspotting author rips into American culture in his latest novel

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Sep. 3, 2015

BOOKS by Kevin McNamee-Tweed

In this collection of faux book jackets, you can totally judge books by their covers

Reviewed by Seth Orion Schwaiger, Arts, Aug. 13, 2015

A Gathering of Promises

UK POV on Texas's psychedelic birth

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, Jul. 23, 2015

Wildfire

Vivid imagery and a rapid pace make this debut novel about wildland firefighters fun as hell to read

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Jul. 23, 2015

Is It Rolling, Bob?

Bob Johnston produced some of music's greatest albums

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, Jun. 25, 2015

Loving Day

Mat Johnson's novel Loving Day is all there in black and white

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, Jun. 18, 2015

MAD's Greatest Writers: Frank Jacobs

Five decades of smart-aleck satire from a leader of "the usual gang of idiots"

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

At the Water's Edge

Looking for the Loch Ness Monster and finding love in World War II Scotland

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

A Touch of Stardust

Gable and Lombard and the making of Gone With the Wind as seen through the eyes of an aspiring author

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

The Cult of Truland

The glittery SoCal celeb set turns dark in this mystery with a satirical edge

Reviewed by Michael King, Arts, Jun. 11, 2015

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