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Monty Python's Flying Circus: Complete and Annotated

Edited by Luke Dempsey (Black Dog and Leventhal)

2 Comments · Thursday, January 3, 2013
The four English and one American gentlemen who came together at the end of the turbulent 1960s to form the comedy troupe known as Monty Python’s Flying Circus were highly intelligent, well-educated, profoundly funny, incredibly creative, incessantly silly, politically satirical, highly neurotic and explosively successful.  

Words With Friends

Northside-based nonprofit promotes literacy in local youth

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
What first started as a community forum to reach neighborhood children resulted in a nonprofit organization called WordPlay, which offers a place outside the home where kids can get tutoring and work on creative projects that aim to create confidence and allow for positive social engagement.   

May We Be Forgiven

By A.M. Homes

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Pity poor Harold Silver, the loveable protagonist in A.M. Homes’ latest and perhaps finest novel, May We Be Forgiven. Set over the course of one nightmarish year, from one disastrous family Thanksgiving to the next year’s “remains of the day,” Homes has cooked up the blackest of comedies.  

Bruce

By Peter Ames Carlin

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Less than a year ago, word began circulating of a new “definitive” biography of Rock and Roll icon Bruce Springsteen. These rumors were like manna from heaven for frustrated Springsteen fans, who have been waiting for decades for this kind of biography. And who could blame them?  

Camille Paglia's Inclusive 'Journey Through Art'

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Long an incisive cultural critic, a dedicated teacher and a nimble-minded writer, Camille Paglia is known for her polarizing opinions on everything from politics (she’s voting Green Party this year) to pop culture (she recently confessed her love for Real Housewives of New Jersey, which she says is a more accurate depiction of the state’s residents than The Sopranos, which she hated).
  

Junot Diaz’s Yunior Finds Hope Amidst Heartache

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Junot Diaz is on the phone with me from Los Angeles, where he’s beginning a book tour to mark the release of his second collection of short stories, This Is How You Lose Her, some 16 years in the making.  

A Library All Their Own

Little Free Libraries build community, share favorite reads

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2012
There’s a little red house mounted to a wooden stand in front of Afsaneh Fowler’s home in Loveland. At first glance, it looks like a bird feeder or a dollhouse or maybe even a quirky mailbox. It’s actually a Little Free Library, a homemade, DIY, old-fashioned community investment that connects neighbors, books and ideas.  

Every Love Story Is A Ghost Story: A Life Of David Foster Wallace

By D. T. Max

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
In his biography of David Foster Wallace, New Yorker staff writer D.T. Max has painted an incredibly honest and vivid portrait of a brilliant writer, a sensitive soul and a tortured artist, plagued throughout his life with severe depression, anxiety and self-doubt.  

The Dog Stars

By Peter Heller

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Just like in Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, post-apocalyptic novel The Road, first-time novelist Peter Heller has created a heartbreakingly moving love story with The Dog Stars, one of this year’s greatest literary surprises.  

A Hologram For The King

By Dave Eggers

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
There is a palpable arid and hollow feeling throughout much of Dave Eggers’ magnificent new novel, A Hologram For The King. It is set in Jeddah, on the Saudi Arabian coast, and peopled by characters who seem adrift in the vast desert and alien to their own sense of self.  

Beautiful Ruins

By Jess Walter

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Beautiful Ruins is a novel filled with unforgettable characters who have insatiable appetites for all the things that success brings. Much of the charm of the novel is Walter’s ability to transport us to far-flung locations both wondrous and thrilling. It’s also a cautionary tale with some unconventional and unique methods of storytelling.  

Bound by Ideas at Cincinnati Public Library

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In one of those rare places people still come to browse for books, they are encased in glass. Touched by the hands of artists, they suspend like paper time capsules in the atrium of the Cincinnati Public Library for Bookworks 13, organized by Cincinnati Book Arts Society.  

Grammy Winner Recounts Depression, Anxiety in New Memoir

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 26, 2012
“May we all find salvation in professions that heal.” When Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Shawn Colvin penned these lyrics in 1987, few knew that she was hinting at some long-held, “dirty secrets,” problems that went back to the singer’s teenage years and, indeed, would require “salvation,” specifically the help of psychiatrists and therapists and anti-depressants. Colvin’s new memoir, Diamond In The Rough, describes that journey in an endlessly fascinating, often-harrowing recollection of one woman’s arduous musical odyssey.  

Next-Generation Lit

The Blue Marble remains a hidden gem for young readers after 33 years of service

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The stairway to the Goodnight Moon room at The Blue Marble serves as a portal to a simpler, more magical time most of us recall as childhood. The local Fort Thomas children’s bookstore this month celebrates 33 years providing literature for children of all ages and interests.   

Canada by Richard Ford

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Written in a slow, languid, lyrical style so light that it nearly floats, Richard Ford’s new novel, Canada, further solidifies the author’s position among the best American writers of our time.