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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

Carsick

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

Perfidia

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

Backmasking

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

The Other Side

Memoir by Houston writer Lacy Johnson recounts a personal trauma with honesty and haunting beauty

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Jul. 24, 2014

Let Me See It

A collection of elegantly wrought stories that follow two cousins, both gay, coming of age during the 1980s AIDS crisis

Reviewed by Paul Bonin-Rodriguez, Arts, Jul. 10, 2014

Phantom Instinct

Meg Gardiner reignites our love for suspense novels in this murder mystery with plenty of plot twists and pacing that propels

Reviewed by Jessi Cape, Arts, Jul. 3, 2014

Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker

This biography of the gambling, murdering Binion captures his wild character without trying to make him likable

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Jul. 3, 2014

Getting Life: An Innocent Man's 25-Year Journey From Prison to Peace

Michael Morton's firsthand account of his unjust conviction and hard-won exoneration is both insightful and infuriating

Reviewed by Jesse Sublett, Arts, Jul. 3, 2014

Inside Man

Jeff Abbott balances espionage and bartending tips in this tightly controlled roller coaster of a thriller

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Arts, Jul. 3, 2014

South, America

Rod Davis' New Orleans noir steeps the reader in Southern atmosphere, history, and violence

Reviewed by Michael King, Arts, Jul. 3, 2014

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas

A stranger-than-fiction tale of forgiveness for an act of prejudicial violence in the wake of 9/11

Reviewed by Amy Kamp, Arts, Jul. 3, 2014

Cactus Burning: Austin, Texas and the Battle for the Iconic Cactus Cafe

A nasty business in toto

Reviewed by Kevin Curtin, Music, May. 29, 2014

The Jesus Lizard Book

Zeppelinesque hammer of the gods

Reviewed by Raoul Hernandez, Music, May. 29, 2014

Shakespeare's Songbook

Singing Shakespeare tunes around the campfire

Reviewed by Graham Reynolds, Music, May. 29, 2014

Please Be With Me: A Song for My Father, Duane

Duane's only daughter digs deep

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, May. 29, 2014

One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band

The whole epic saga between two covers

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, May. 29, 2014

Kentucky Traveler: My Life in Music

Kentucky picker demures

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, May. 29, 2014

Merle Haggard: The Running Kind

Okie from Muskogee still waiting for his alt.country crosser

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Music, May. 29, 2014

I Never Met a Story I Didn't Like: Mostly True Tall Tales

All too true tales of the music business

Reviewed by Greg Beets, Music, May. 29, 2014

Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

Hello muddah, hello fadduh

Reviewed by Scott Schinder, Music, May. 29, 2014

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