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.
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.
Rust Belt towns across the upper Midwest
are on the verge of oblivion, their economies hallowed out by
technological innovation and globalization. Yet many are not ready to
give up on blue-collar bastions like Akron, Ohio, as David Giffels’ new
Since the publication of Noblesville, Ind., author Susan Crandall’s Whistling Past the Graveyard,
readers have been falling in love with both the novel and its
precocious 9-year-old narrator, Starla Claudelle. For Crandall, the
award-winning author of nine previous novels, this release is a
departure of sorts
Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers
is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a
deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a
vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone
from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.
Since bursting onto the literary stage in 1992 to huge acclaim and equally impressive sales with The Secret History, Donna Tartt has been content to immerse herself in her writing, publishing only two other books since.
"It’s heaven.” Those are the words Mae Holland uses to describe
her first day at work at The Circle, a futuristic, high-tech consumer
interface and the world’s biggest Internet company, which is at the
center of Dave Eggers’ latest novel.
If you wanted to borrow a book from a library in 18th-century America, you might run into some problems. Back then public libraries didn’t exist.
Instead, small private libraries served those who were members — mainly
upper-class citizens who could afford the annual fees.
Michael E. Keating spent 34 years as a photojournalist at The Cincinnati Enquirer,
where his vivid work gave readers views of the Queen City that could be
beautiful, troubling or revealing — sometimes all at once and almost
always imbued with an uncommon sense of humanity.
With the rise of Amazon, Netflix, iTunes
and myriad other Internet-driven options, old-school brick-and-mortar
book, video and music stores are evaporating at a rapid pace. It’s a
distressing development for many of us who grew up wandering the aisles
of such places, and that isn’t just nostalgia talking.
Written with hip, smart and exquisitely brilliant prose, Marisha Pessl’s latest novel, Night Film,
is like a roller coaster ride through the haunted house at the wildest
amusement park ever built. It’s a spine-tingling journey covering
enormous territory as it delves into the deep recesses of the human
Daniel Woodrell is clearly among the best
living American writers when it comes to evoking the sights, sounds and
even the smell of the blood-soaked terrain on which most of his novels
take place. Described by some as the master of “country noir,” Woodrell
is incredibly gifted at describing small towns of the Missouri Ozarks
while also delivering pitch-perfect dialogue straight out of those