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Into the Valley

Ruth Galm (Soho Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
There is an underlying fluidity, impermanence and shaky confidence at the core of Ruth Galm’s hyper-vigilant and engrossing debut novel, Into the Valley, that is both unsettling and, ultimately, victorious.
  

Bull Mountain

Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam's Sons)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2015
Never lacking in ambition, first-time author Brian Panowich enters the ring with a no-holds-barred, age-old tale of the ties that bind family and the resentments and stubbornness that tear families apart.  

Slow Burn

Andrew Welsh-Huggins (Ohio University Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Andrew Welsh-Huggins has got their number — the number that relates to classic hard-boiled mystery novels with flawed heroes; complicated goings-on that come clear only in the final pages; love affairs a long way from first love but more interesting than that well-traveled route; and an ending that brings you up short by way of revealing things, logical but surprising, that neither you nor the central character guessed.  

Keep on Fighting

Dorothy H. Christenson (Ohio University Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2015
This slim volume tells a remarkable story in such undecorated prose, the reader sometimes must go back to read again before grasping the meaning of what’s just happened.   

Secrets and Lies with Leah Stewart

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Oscar Wilde said, “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” The way we keep secrets and tell lies is at the heart of Leah Stewart’s latest novel, The New Neighbor
  

Crow Fair

Thomas McGuane (Knopf)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The slyly ironic, superbly crafted and often hysterical 17 short stories that comprise Crow Fair prove Thomas McGuane is America’s preeminent chronicler of “Big Sky” country and the “new American West.”
  

Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War On Drugs

Johann Hari (Bloomsbury)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2015
In this groundbreaking and controversial manifesto, we join Johann Hari on his three-year investigation — a kind of “trail of tears” that traverses nine countries, covers 30,000 miles and tracks the lives of countless individuals whose lives have been caught up in the maelstrom of the so-called “Drug War.”  

Going Underground with Jim DeBrosse

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Veteran newspaper reporter Jim DeBrosse’s Hidden City, set in, around and below the streets of Cincinnati, is a tour de force mystery thriller that also addresses many of the city’s social and political problems.  

Small Victories

Anne Lamott (Riverhead Books)

0 Comments · Thursday, February 19, 2015
Anne Lamott, author of her seventh book on spirituality, Small Victories, is nothing if not unique. The 60-year-old Northern California grandmother is a nature-loving, earthy-crunchy hiker/skier; she’s also a self-described “narcissist,” politically to the left of Chairman Mao and a member of a predominantly black Baptist church.  

West of Sunset

Stewart O'Nan (Viking)

0 Comments · Thursday, February 19, 2015
In 1937, with America still clawing out of the Great Depression, F. Scott Fitzgerald was in big trouble. After years of what the Irish call “too much drink,” the party was over and Scott was in poor health.  

Burnt Toast Makes You Sing Good

Kathleen Flinn (Viking)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Every New Year offers the opportunity to look forward to the future, reflect on the past and consider those who have enriched our lives.  

Redeployment

Phil Klay (The Penguin Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Phil Klay’s extraordinary short story collection Redeployment, winner of 2014’s National Book Award for fiction, chronicles America’s ill conceived, futile and costly Iraqi occupation.  

Lila

Marilynne Robinson (Farrer, Strauss and Giroux)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Marilynne Robinson’s Lila is an achingly beautiful and deeply spiritual meditation on life, love, humility, loss, redemption and, ultimately, the divine presence of grace.  

My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir

Brian Turner (Norton)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2014
This deeply thoughtful and imaginative memoir seamlessly weaves together many wars throughout history, while Turner tells of his own experiences during two tours of duty in Iraq.  

David Bell Continues His Mysterious Ways in ‘The Forgotten Girl’

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Cincinnati native David Bell’s latest thriller, The Forgotten Girl, centers on Jason Danvers, a 45-year-old graphic designer in small-town Ohio whose comfortable existence is seriously altered when his wayward younger sister re-enters his life.