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How To Do Things With Videogames

With minimal tech jargon, Ian Bogost explores how games have become embedded in all aspects of our lives

Reviewed by James Renovitch, Books, Sep. 29, 2011

East of the West: A Country in Stories

If you have to staycation, at least see the world via books

Reviewed by Sarah Smith, Books, Jul. 28, 2011

The Book of Happenstance

Translating obsession

Reviewed by Monica Riese, Books, Jul. 7, 2011

The Sisters Brothers

A black-comic picaresque set in Gold Rush country

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Books, Jun. 23, 2011

The Astral

Where's the drama in this family drama?

Reviewed by James Renovitch, Books, Jun. 23, 2011

After Midnight

The rise of Nazism slowly affects a partying 19-year-old in Germany

Reviewed by Sarah Smith, Books, Jun. 16, 2011

Eleven

'Life isn't so neat' in British comic Mark Watson's novel

Reviewed by Monica Riese, Books, Jun. 16, 2011

New in Graphic Novels

These are two books so ripe with sex, it's as if the subject has fermented in the pages

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Books, Jun. 9, 2011

Day of Honey: A Memoir of Food, Love, and War

Sit down with a book when it's too hot to cook

Reviewed by MM Pack, Food, May. 26, 2011

Tender: A Cook and His Vegetable Patch

Nigel Slater

Reviewed by Kate Thornberry, Food, May. 26, 2011

Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Gabrielle Hamilton

Reviewed by MM Pack, Food, May. 26, 2011

Storied Dishes: What Our Family Recipes Tell Us About Who We Are and Where We've Been

Linda Murray Berzok

Reviewed by Rachel Feit, Food, May. 26, 2011

Edible Landscaping

Rosalind Creasy

Reviewed by Claudia Alarcón, Food, May. 26, 2011

Truly Mexican

Roberto Santibañez

Reviewed by Claudia Alarcón, Food, May. 26, 2011

The Blue Chair Jam Cookbook

Rachel Saunders

Reviewed by Kate Thornberry, Food, May. 26, 2011

A Southerly Course: Recipes & Stories From Close to Home

Martha Hall Foose

Reviewed by Virginia B. Wood, Food, May. 26, 2011

The Sorcerer's Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen at Ferran Adrià's elBulli

Lisa Abend

Reviewed by Mick Vann, Food, May. 26, 2011

Bettane and Desseauve's Guide to the Wines of France

Michel Bettane and Thierry Desseauve

Reviewed by Wes Marshall, Food, May. 26, 2011

May Releases: 'Remember Ben Clayton'

Summer books by Austin authors

Reviewed by Michael King, Books, May. 26, 2011

May Releases: 'The Murder of Jim Fisk for the Love of Josie Mansfield'

H.W. Brands

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Books, May. 26, 2011

Maria's Taco Xpress

Some favorite cookbooks from some favorite local eateries

Reviewed by Virginia B. Wood, Food, May. 19, 2011

Uchi

Tyson Cole and Jessica Dupuy

Reviewed by Claudia Alarcón, Food, May. 19, 2011

Sweetish Hill

Patricia Bauer-Slate

Reviewed by Virginia B. Wood, Food, May. 19, 2011

Eastside Cafe

Ruth CarterElaine Martinand Dorsey Barger

Reviewed by Kate Thornberry, Food, May. 19, 2011

Hudson's on the Bend

Jeff Blankwith Sara Courington

Reviewed by Kate Thornberry, Food, May. 19, 2011

Fonda San Miguel

Tom Gilliland and Miguel Ravagowith Virginia B. Wood

Reviewed by Claudia Alarcón, Food, May. 19, 2011

Threadgill's

Eddie Wilson

Reviewed by Mick Vann, Food, May. 19, 2011

Lake Austin Spa Resort

Terry Conlan

Reviewed by Barbara Chisholm, Food, May. 19, 2011

I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive

Novel idea: Steve Earle's prose

Reviewed by Jim Caligiuri, Music, May. 12, 2011

Bright Before Us

A mutilated body on a beach sends an elementary school teacher into a tailspin

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Books, May. 5, 2011

The Lake

A dark horse for pre-summer beach reading

Reviewed by James Renovitch, Books, May. 5, 2011

The Late American Novel: Writers on the Future of Books

A refreshing surprise in these days of lit-scene doom and gloom

Reviewed by Wayne Alan Brenner, Books, Apr. 14, 2011

The Tragedy of Arthur

This novel shows an impressive commitment to presenting an entirely real-feeling fake

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Books, Apr. 14, 2011

Montecore

Montecore shows a young novelist swinging for the fences and hitting hard

Reviewed by Sarah Smith, Books, Mar. 31, 2011

What You See in the Dark

Manuel Muñoz's first novel spins haunting fiction out of an Alfred Hitchcock film shoot

Reviewed by Belinda Acosta, Books, Mar. 24, 2011

You Know Who You Are

From the title – a challenge, a threat, or merely an observation – this novel is about search for self

Reviewed by Monica Riese, Books, Mar. 24, 2011

Penthouse F

A kooky, metafictional page-turner that doesn't entirely pay off

Reviewed by Sarah Smith, Books, Mar. 3, 2011

Swamplandia!

This debut novel boasts its own exclamation point for good reason.

Reviewed by Kate X Messer, Books, Feb. 24, 2011

The Intimates

A frank and charming portrait of an unconventional love

Reviewed by Monica Riese, Books, Feb. 24, 2011

Poser: My Life in 23 Yoga Poses

Two memoirs explore new parenthood and old childhoods with still-open wounds

Reviewed by Kimberley Jones, Books, Feb. 17, 2011

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