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The Real Romney

By Michael Kranish and Scott Helman

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is a political chameleon: a man of many faces and a past shrouded in mystery, half-truths and secrets. That’s according to The Real Romney, by Boston Globe reporters Michael Kranish and Scott Helman, the first comprehensive biography of the man many believe will be the 2012 Republican presidential nominee.  

11/22/63

By Stephen King

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
If you had a way to travel back in time and change the course of history, what would you do? If you’re Jake Epping, the mild-mannered Maine high school teacher who discovers a portal to the past in Stephen King’s latest classic, 11/22/63, you’d go back half a century and try to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.  

Daydream Nation

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Dan Chaon grew up in rural Nebraska. Lonely and bored, he took refuge in his uncommonly active imagination. “It was one of those small elevator towns where there were like 15 people who lived there, and I was the only kid even close to my age,” Chaon says by phone from his current home in Cleveland.   

The Beauty and The Sorrow by Peter Englund

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
In his compelling new history, The Beauty and The Sorrow: An Intimate History of the First World War, historian Peter Englund has chosen firsthand accounts from 20 very different and disparate individuals who either fought in the war or were touched in some fashion by “The Great War,” as it has been called.  

The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
He calls his own prose “country noir” and writes about a very unique kind of American: people living their lives with nothing left to lose and operating on a level that many have described as “desperate.” Now, with the publication of 12 devastatingly gritty and somewhat surreal short stories in The Outlaw Album, 57-year-old Daniel Woodrell is finally getting the attention and respect that he deserves.   

Woolgathering by Patti Smith

New Directions Books

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
At her home in Michigan on the occasion of Pulitzer Prize-winning writer and former Punk rocker Patti Smith’s 45th birthday, the multitalented Smith crafted together a modest collection of memories from her childhood, vignettes, poems and tributes to other writers and performers like Sam Shepard.  

I Want My MTV by Craig Marks and Rob Tannenbaum

The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution - Dutton

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Began as one of the boldest and most audacious experiments and inventions in the history of entertainment, MTV has been a dominant force in popular culture since its launch in 1981.    

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern

Stephen Greenblatt, W.W. Norton & Company

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
It takes an intellectual scholar with the knowledge, depth and curiosity of Harvard professor Stephen Greenblatt to take a tale ancient and unknown and turn it into a compelling saga.  

Salvage the Bones: A Novel

Jesmyn Ward, Bloomsbury

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
With her tough, tense and taut tale of one rural family’s bitter and bloody fight for survival in the days leading up to Hurricane Katrina, 2011 National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward has secured herself a place among such other great Southern writers.  

Pulphead: Essay

John Jeremiah Sullivan, Farrar, Straus & Giroux

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
It’s always a treat when a book comes along that lives up to the hype. That is the case with John Jeremiah Sullivan’s Pulphead, a collection of 14 brilliant experiential essays in which the writer places himself at the center of the story. The 37-year-old Southern-born Sullivan is now being compared with first-person journalists like Tom Wolfe, Hunter S. Thompson and David Foster Wallace.  

Inferno: The World at War, 1939-1945

Max Hastings, Knopf

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Most histories of World War II are successful because they focus on specific battles or campaigns. The global conflict that seemed to define the last century was so complex and multifaceted, it would seem foolhardy to attempt to cover it in one book.
  

Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero

Chris Matthews, Simon & Schuster

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
It’s hard to believe it has been 50 years since President John F. Kennedy and the days of Camelot in the White House. Fortunately, this anniversary already has produced two revealing new portraits of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, one a written appreciation of his life by television commentator Chris Matthews, the other a recently unsealed conversation between historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Jacqueline Kennedy, conducted just four months after President Kennedy was assassinated.  

Who's Afraid of Post-Blackness

Toure, Free Press

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Earlier this year, the Internet was abuzz with a series of videos entitled Art Thoughtz. In them, artist Jayson Musson performs as his fitted-cap-wearing, flashy-chain-dangling alter-ego Hennessy Youngman, while offering sharp, LOL-worthy commentary on the contemporary art world. He tackles concepts like relational aesthetics and post-structuralism.   

Dark Visions

Books by the Banks headliner Dennis Lehane discusses the voices in his head

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Dennis Lehane’s distinctive, often disturbing visions have made their way into 10 novels, including his ongoing series of crime thrillers featuring the working-class detective duo Patrick Kenzie and Angela Gennaro, the widely acclaimed Mystic River and The Given Day, a dense, well-researched historical novel set, like nearly all of his narratives, in the author’s hometown of Boston.   

Still Trippin’

Original Merry Prankster Ken Babbs stops at Miami University

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
What a long strange trip from Miami University and back it’s been for 1958 graduate Ken Babbs. He returns to Miami, where he graduated in 1958, at 7:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday for two Sixties Extravaganza free public events at the school’s Leonard Theatre in Peabody Hall. On Monday, there’s a screening of the new documentary featuring him — director Alex Gibney’s Magic Trip.