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I Fought the Law: The Life and Strange Death of Bobby Fuller

West Texan law fighter's mysterious death remains just that

Reviewed by Greg Beets, Music, May. 28, 2015

Brian Jones: The Making of the Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones' sacrificial lamb receives an overdue close-up

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, May. 28, 2015

No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead

A long strange trip contextualized

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, May. 28, 2015

Talk That Music Talk: Passing on Brass Band Music in New Orleans the Traditional Way

Coffeetable book on New Orleans? Dense ethnography and oral history of Crescent City brass bands!

Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Music, May. 28, 2015

Beale Street Dynasty

Historical overview of Memphis' legendary music row

Reviewed by Nina Hernandez, Music, May. 28, 2015

John Prine, In Spite of Himself

Unauthorized bio isn't even helped by its own subject

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, May. 28, 2015

Throwing Frisbees at the Sun: A Book About Beck

Fanboy Beck tome

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, May. 28, 2015

Words Without Music: A Memoir

Famed Austin composer appraises the autobiography of Philip Glass, father of the modern classical avant-garde

Reviewed by Graham Reynolds, Music, May. 28, 2015

Behemoth: Devil's Conquistadors and Confessions of a Heretic: The Sacred and the Profane – Behemoth and Beyond

A lavish diary of Poland's black metal breakout Behemoth, and a book-length Q&A defense of frontman Adam Darski

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, May. 28, 2015

Barefoot Dogs

A Mexico City family scatters to the wind when its patriarch goes missing

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Apr. 30, 2015


This first novel is about the desperation of a depressed expat housewife in Switzerland

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Apr. 30, 2015

Into the Field: A Foreign Correspondent's Notebook

A UT professor recounts his three decades of reporting in Asia

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Apr. 30, 2015

Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose

This nonfiction account of a teen's encounters with sex, drugs, and jail is one long, raw primal scream

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Dec. 31, 2014


Sam Fuller's last novel is the perfect cap on his legacy of true-to-life, flamboyant, high-impact storytelling

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Dec. 23, 2014

The Making of Gone With the Wind

This account of the cinematic epic's epic creation is as full of drama and memorable characters as the film itself

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 16, 2014

Boyhood: Twelve Years on Film

This photographic record of Richard Linklater's landmark film shows a lot going on before and behind the camera

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Dec. 16, 2014

On the Road With Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas

The vibrant images of Texas taken by J. Griffis Smith will have you wanting to drive across the state yourself

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Dec. 16, 2014

The Devil's Backbone

Bill Wittliff's debut novel is a picaresque tale with a "Lucky Heart"

Reviewed by Joe O'Connell, Arts, Dec. 4, 2014

Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life

This meticulous biography paints a stunning portrait of the late-blooming English author

Reviewed by Melanie Haupt, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

Joan of Arc: A Life Transfigured

Kathryn Harrison's look at Joan of Arc and her cultural legacy seeks to redefine this heroine for a new generation

Reviewed by Anne Harris, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

Elsa Schiaparelli: A Biography

Fashion takes a backseat in this biography of the storied designer, but it's an illuminating ride anyway

Reviewed by Brandon Watson, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: The Untold Story

Barbara Leaming's new biography makes the case that Jackie O suffered from PTSD

Reviewed by Amy Smith, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

The origins of America's favorite Amazon are recounted with witty prose and superheroic scholarship

Reviewed by Rosalind Faires, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace

Anne Lamott's collection of essays offer prime examples of her crystalline insights and wicked wit

Reviewed by Virginia B. Wood, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014

PRO: Reclaiming Abortion Rights and The Birth of the Pill

Jonathan Eig's breezy history of the Pill is engaging, but Katha Pollitt's argument for abortion rights is indispensible

Reviewed by Michael King, Arts, Nov. 26, 2014


Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Nov. 6, 2014

The Flatlanders: Now It's Now Again

West Texas Beatles finally have their tale told

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, Oct. 23, 2014

2am at the Cat's Pajamas

Jazz in the life and night of a 9-year-old

Reviewed by Neph Basedow, Music, Oct. 23, 2014

I Love You Too

Reggae scion’s call and response

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, Oct. 23, 2014


The first book in this new L.A. Quartet shows new depth, scope, and craftsmanship in James Ellroy's canon

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Oct. 23, 2014

The Zone of Interest

Martin Amis revisits the Holocaust in this new novel, which is eloquent and yet lacks depth

Reviewed by Amy Kamp, Arts, Oct. 23, 2014

Love Me Back

Merritt's Tierce's novel isn't for the faint of heart, but it tells of a young woman's survival with boldness and power

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Oct. 23, 2014

Love Is the Drug

It's a rare YA novel that combines entertainment and social commentary this gracefully

Reviewed by Amy Kamp, Arts, Oct. 16, 2014

The Truth About Alice

This tale of slut-shaming in a tiny Texas town is entertaining, but doesn't leave a lasting impact

Reviewed by Amy Kamp, Arts, Oct. 16, 2014

Wolf in White Van

Indie folksinger unwinds another fiction of tragic backstory.

Reviewed by Anna Toon, Music, Sep. 25, 2014

Failure and I Bury the Body

Raking up some of the season's poetry collections

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Arts, Sep. 18, 2014

99 Poems for the 99 Percent

Reviewed by Jonelle Seitz, Arts, Sep. 18, 2014


Harold Whit Williams

Reviewed by Greg Beets, Arts, Sep. 18, 2014

Instant Winner

Carrie Fountain

Reviewed by Robert Faires, Arts, Sep. 18, 2014

I Wear the Black Hat

Klosterman's critique of villainy over the last 40 years offers some surprisingly sharp analyses

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Arts, Aug. 14, 2014

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