CityBeat - Lit http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-191-1-lit.html <![CDATA[The North Water - Ian McGuire (Henry Holt and Co.)]]> In a dark and brutal novel that is not for the weak of stomach, Ian McGuire follows the ill-fated journey of the Volunteer, a whaling ship bound for hunting in the icy waters of the Arctic Circle. ]]> <![CDATA[Kill ’Em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul - James McBride (Spiegel & Grau)]]> He was The Hardest Working Man in Show Business. The Godfather of Soul. Mr. Dynamite and a dozen other monikers. James Brown was many things to many people. And when he died, his estate was estimat]]> <![CDATA[Patrick Dacey Explores Stories on the Cape - ]]> Born and bred in the troubled tourist town of Centerville on Cape Cod, Patrick Dacey is one of the most exciting young voices in literature today.]]> <![CDATA[Missing Millie Benson - Julie K. Rubini (Ohio University Press)]]> While listed by its publisher as a biography for young readers, some of us who are not so young may want to share this new book as well. ]]> <![CDATA[The Hairdresser of Harare - Tendai Huchu (Ohio University Press)]]> This curious novel tells the story of a hairdresser in modern Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe, written by a podiatrist who lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. ]]> <![CDATA[Growing up Carlin - ]]>

Fans of legendary comedian George Carlin who are interested in the mayhem that went on behind-the-scenes during his most prolific years can now get an up-close and personal view.

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<![CDATA[Thirteen Ways of Looking - Colum McCann (Random House)]]>

Irish-born and New-York-City-based author Colum McCann, who has penned several exceptional novels has acquired a reputation as a writer of great lyrical and emotional beauty.

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<![CDATA[City on Fire - Garth Risk Hallberg (Knopf)]]>

City On Fire is an adrenaline rush of a novel featuring a host of Dickensian characters, all on the run from families, class, race and sexuality. Hallberg’s lyrical prose heralds the arrival of one of the great new writers of our time.

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<![CDATA[M Train - Patti Smith (Bloomsbury)]]>

Patti Smith, the sexy, seminal Punk rocker, poet goddess and performance artist, has released a sequel to her National Book Award-winning memoir Just Kids, the mesmerizing, hypnotic and glorious collection of essays entitled M Train.

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<![CDATA[Did You Ever Have A Family - Bill Clegg (Simon & Schuster)]]>

The author of two former memoirs about his experiences with addiction, Bill Clegg turns away from self-obsession and focuses on the “new families we choose,” in his arresting and gripping debut novel Did You Ever Have A Family.

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<![CDATA[Acclaimed Author Anthony Marra Discusses New Collection of Interlocking Short Stories - ]]>

Anthony Marra’s masterful 2013 debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, rightly garnered high praise from across the literary landscape for its graceful prose and its affecting ability to find humanity amid harrowing circumstances.

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<![CDATA[Lauren Groff Talks Marriage, Writing and Life on Tour - ]]> Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies focuses on two charismatic characters, Lancelot (Lotto) and Mathilde, as they navigate the peaks and valleys of their seemingly idyllic matrimony.]]> <![CDATA[Kim Harrison: Making Memories and Connections - ]]>

It’s a sultry, late-August afternoon and the acclaimed, wildly popular New York Times-bestselling author Kim Harrison is explaining why she decided to cross over into a new literary genre by writing the highly anticipated sci-fi thriller The Drafter, the first of The Peri Reed Chronicles trilogy.

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<![CDATA[Into the Valley - Ruth Galm (Soho Press)]]>

There is an underlying fluidity, impermanence and shaky confidence at the core of Ruth Galm’s hyper-vigilant and engrossing debut novel, Into the Valley, that is both unsettling and, ultimately, victorious.

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<![CDATA[Bull Mountain - Brian Panowich (G.P. Putnam's Sons)]]>

Never lacking in ambition, first-time author Brian Panowich enters the ring with a no-holds-barred, age-old tale of the ties that bind family and the resentments and stubbornness that tear families apart.

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<![CDATA[Slow Burn - Andrew Welsh-Huggins (Ohio University Press)]]>

Andrew Welsh-Huggins has got their number — the number that relates to classic hard-boiled mystery novels with flawed heroes; complicated goings-on that come clear only in the final pages; love affairs a long way from first love but more interesting than that well-traveled route; and an ending that brings you up short by way of revealing things, logical but surprising, that neither you nor the central character guessed.

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<![CDATA[Keep on Fighting - Dorothy H. Christenson (Ohio University Press)]]>

This slim volume tells a remarkable story in such undecorated prose, the reader sometimes must go back to read again before grasping the meaning of what’s just happened.

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<![CDATA[Secrets and Lies with Leah Stewart - ]]>

Oscar Wilde said, “The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” The way we keep secrets and tell lies is at the heart of Leah Stewart’s latest novel, The New Neighbor

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<![CDATA[Crow Fair - Thomas McGuane (Knopf)]]>

The slyly ironic, superbly crafted and often hysterical 17 short stories that comprise Crow Fair prove Thomas McGuane is America’s preeminent chronicler of “Big Sky” country and the “new American West.”

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<![CDATA[Chasing the Scream: The First and Last Days of the War On Drugs - Johann Hari (Bloomsbury)]]>

In this groundbreaking and controversial manifesto, we join Johann Hari on his three-year investigation — a kind of “trail of tears” that traverses nine countries, covers 30,000 miles and tracks the lives of countless individuals whose lives have been caught up in the maelstrom of the so-called “Drug War.”

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