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.  


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.  


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.

Fourth of July Creek

Smith Henderson (Ecco)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
First-time novelist Smith Henderson’s Fourth of July Creek is the story of a social worker named Pete Snow who is caught in the web of a world gone wrong.

High as the Horses Bridles

Scott Cheshire (Henry Holt and Company)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2014
High as the Horses’ Bridles, the debut novel by Scott Cheshire, is about what happens after a 12-year-old boy-prophet named Josiah Laudermilk delivers an impassioned apocalyptic sermon to a group of about 3,000 impassioned faithful.  

Walking the Steps of Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City’s Scenic and Historic Secrets

Mary Anna DuSablon Revised by Connie J. Harrell and John Cicmanec (Ohio University Press)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Walking the Steps of Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City’s Scenic and Historic Secrets is a wholly delightful book that first appeared in 1998 and returns in a revised edition as the weather invites taking full advantage of its subject matter.   

Love and Terror

Dorothy Weil (AuthorHouse)

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Dorothy Weil’s new novel, Love and Terror, takes place in a past so recent that we’ve all been there — the middle of the 21st century’s first decade — and is set in a place we know just as well, Cincinnati.

Visions of Cincinnati

The Cincinnati Anthology looks at our rapidly changing city in myriad ways

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2014
Cincinnati is changing. Nowhere is this fact more apparent than in our once-sleepy downtown. From The Banks to Over-the-Rhine, from Fountain Square to Washington Park, the urban core is alive with activity.

To Rise Again At A Decent Hour

Joshua Ferris (Little, Brown and Company)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
While it may indeed be an urban folk tale that dentists have a higher rate of suicide than other professions, there’s no doubt that, like pimpin’, dentistry ain’t easy.  

The Corpse Exhibition

Hassan Blasim (Translated by Jonathan Wright) (Penguin Books)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2014
Since our botched invasion and futile occupation of Iraq, there have been several excellent accounts of this costly, deadly debacle —unfortunately all written from the perspective of American and other Western-based writers.  

Queen City Reading

A cornucopia of Cinci-centric books hits the market

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 29, 2014
It’s not so unusual when local authors write books about this region — there’s a burgeoning market for it, actually, in Cincinnati and elsewhere.