Vanilla Bright Like Eminem (Review)

Micheal Faber (Harcourt)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Michael Faber is new to me, but he's not a new writer: He's written four novels, and 'Vanilla Bright Like Eminem' is his second collection of short stories. If this book is a reflection on his earlier work, then I have some catching up to do.   

A Good Woman (Review)

Dorothy Weil (Plain View Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
Ever wonder "How could that have happened?" when evening news has a story of some terrible event carried out by an ordinary person, somebody who could live down the street from you, a perfectly nice person never given to mayhem? Cincinnati writer Dorothy Weil tells us how things like that can happen in her new novel, which takes place mostly in Walnut Hills.  

George Clooney, The Last Great Movie Star (Review)

Kimberly Potts (Applause)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2008
George Clooney, Northern Kentucky University dropout turned famous actor, is discussed in detail in this unauthorized biography, a lightweight primer that forgoes deep, authentic analysis of Clooney's career and life in favor of regurgitating information from various interviews and reviews that have appeared in other places.   

Clapton, the Autobiography (Review)

Eric Clapton (Broadway)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2008
In his autobiography, Rock guitar hero Eric Clapton proves himself a frank and direct writer who doesn't hide his feelings about his personal failures, of which he believes he has many.  

Under Ohio: The Story of Ohio's Rocks and Fossils (Review)

Charles Ferguson Barker (Ohio University Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 2, 2008
That kid -- you know, the one who collects rocks and digs a hole in the backyard just to see what's there -- will like this book. Author Charles Ferguson Barker is a geologist who, I suspect, never got over wanting to know what he'd find if he dug a hole.  

John Fleischman: Black and White Airmen: Their True History (Houghton Mifflin)

Book Review

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This reviewer could never be mistaken for a member of grades 4-7, but I found Black and White Airmen: Their True Story, which was intended for that age group, a great read anyway. John Fleischman  

Mick Brown: Tearing Down the Wall of Sound: The Rise and Fall of Phil Spector (Knopf)

Book Review

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2007
In December 2002, the reclusive, deeply weird record producer Phil Spector allowed British journalist Mick Brown into his castle in Alhambra, Calif., for a remarkably candid, scary interview. Spec  

Michael Stusser: The Dead Guy Interviews (Penguin)

Book Review

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Personalities fascinate. That's why, despite the laws they pass, the films they produce, the inventions they create, it's the people behind the creation that we're most curious about. Rockets t  

Stephen Catanzarite: Achtung, Baby: Meditations on Love in the Shadows of the Fall (Continuum Books)

Book Review

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Stephen Catanzarite has reflected on a beloved Rock album and turned his reflections into a book. Not only that, but his book is theological, Christian, Catholic and concerned with humanity's pla  

Book Reviews of Revenge of the Donut Boys, At The Center of the Storm and More...

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2007
MIKE SAGER -- REVENGE OF THE DONUT BOYS (THUNDER'S MOUTH PRESS) It doesn't take special skill as a writer to find humor in a gathering of swingers at a Florida hotel. All those body parts, con  

All Lit Up: : Book Reviews

In The Country of Men, Michael Rolliver Lives and more..

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2007
HISHAM MATAR -- IN THE COUNTRY OF MEN (THE DIAL PRESS) With his debut novel, In the Country of Men, Hisham Matar transports the reader with a violent thud back to the Libya of his youth; the   

Lisa Watts -- Good Roots: Writers Reflect on Growing Up in Ohio

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
What is it about Ohio? It nurtures able writers, as this book makes clear, but then they leave. Eudora Welty stayed in the same town, in fact the same house, for most of her brilliant writing life  

Joe Boyd -- White Bicycles: Making Music in the 1960s

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The joke used to be that if you remembered the 1960s you weren't there. That's based on the assumption that those there were too busy enjoying the uninhibited decade and its creative Pop music,   

Michel Onfray -- Atheist Manifesto: The Case Against Christianity, Judaism and Islam

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Firmly grounded in the post 9/11-era search for answers and in a certain degree of pomposity, Atheist Manifesto is as much an attempt to argue that religious extremism could be the death of us all  

Jason King -- The Cannibible Collection (Ten Speed Press)

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Imagine if coffee were banned. The black market wouldn't allow the luxury of choosing between Jamaican and Colombian, latte and espresso. You'd take what you could get -- and then you'd get out