The Engraving Trade in Early Cincinnati: With a Brief Account of the Beginning of the Lithograph Trade is
a beautiful book, as it should be, given its subject matter. In the
early years of the 19th century, images
in publications were the way people saw the world beyond their own
Sisterland, the freshly minted
fourth novel by Cincinnati native Curtis Sittenfeld, centers on twin
sisters Kate and Violet, who have the unique psychic ability to see
future events, among other less vital factoids.
A deadly firefight between U.S. forces and Iraqi
insurgents is caught on video by a Fox News crew and before the eight
surviving members of Bravo Company can get back to their barracks, the
video has gone viral on the Internet.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.