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Going Underground with Jim DeBrosse

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Veteran newspaper reporter Jim DeBrosse’s Hidden City, set in, around and below the streets of Cincinnati, is a tour de force mystery thriller that also addresses many of the city’s social and political problems.  

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.  

Redeployment

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.  

Lila

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.  

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.  

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.