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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

A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton

Never a kind word for Big Star

Reviewed by Michael Toland, Music, May. 29, 2014

Elvis Died for Somebody's Sins but Not Mine: A Lifetime's Collected Writing

He died onstage, not on the page

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, May. 29, 2014

Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot

Russian punk rock activists take on the Kremlin

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

There Goes Gravity: A Life in Rock & Roll

Once upon a time, writers used to be the tour documentarians

Reviewed by Abby Johnston, Music, May. 29, 2014

Exile in Guyville / My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Liz Phair broke a lot of strings – and Kanye, from bootstraps to bootlickers

Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Music, May. 29, 2014

The Haçienda: How Not to Run a Club

Hooky follows up Joy Division with money-hemorrhaging Madchester club

Reviewed by Richard Whittaker, Music, May. 29, 2014

Huey "Piano" Smith and the Rocking Pneumonia Blues

Another own-worst-enemy musical genius

Reviewed by Ed Ward, Music, May. 29, 2014

Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns

The man wrote 'Hang On, Sloopy' for God's sake

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

The Smell of Death

Not your typical get-in-the-van account

Reviewed by Tim Stegall, Music, May. 29, 2014

Monday, Monday

Elizabeth Crook's new novel charts the ripples radiating out from the Whitman shootings

Reviewed by Danielle White, Arts, May. 15, 2014

Out of Peel Tree

Laura Long's debut novel chronicles the tug-of-war between moving forward and staying the same in a small town

Reviewed by Chase Hoffberger, Arts, May. 15, 2014

Above the East China Sea

In her most ambitious novel, Sarah Bird entwines the tales of two teenaged girls, both on Okinawa but in different eras

Reviewed by Amy Gentry, Arts, May. 15, 2014

Thunderstruck and Other Stories

Elizabeth McCracken's stories examine the humanity of the mildly freakish and unspoken freakishness of daily life

Reviewed by Amy Gentry, Arts, May. 15, 2014

Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper

Through research and case studies, Robert Bryce argues that human ingenuity will beat environmental collapse to the punch

Reviewed by James Renovitch, Arts, May. 15, 2014

The Snow Queen

This book by the author of The Hours is a frozen confection of a novel, at once simple and intricate – and gorgeous

Reviewed by Amy Gentry, Arts, May. 15, 2014

Buck 'Em! The Autobiography of Buck Owens

Buck Owens } Randy Poe

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, Dec. 5, 2013

Progressive Country: How the 1970s Transformed the Texan in Popular Culture

Jason Mellard

Reviewed by Doug Freeman, Music, Dec. 5, 2013

Boys From Houston

Vicki Welch Ayo

Reviewed by Margaret Moser, Music, Dec. 5, 2013

The Replacements: Waxed Up Hair & Painted Shoes

Picture Book

Reviewed by Michael Bertin, Music, Dec. 5, 2013

Jazz Sides

Yardbird blows his alto hard, fast, and revolutionary

Reviewed by Jay Trachtenberg, Music, Dec. 5, 2013

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Ben Greenman

Reviewed by Thomas Fawcett, Music, Dec. 5, 2013

I'll Take You There: Mavis Staples, the Staple Singers, and the March Up Freedom's Highway

Greg Kot

Reviewed by Ed Ward, Music, Dec. 5, 2013

Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion

Robert Gordon

Reviewed by Scott Schinder, Music, Dec. 5, 2013

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