CityBeat - Lit http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/articles.sec-191-1-lit.html <![CDATA[Lila - Marilynne Robinson (Farrer, Strauss and Giroux)]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[My Life as a Foreign Country: A Memoir - Brian Turner (Norton)]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[David Bell Continues His Mysterious Ways in ‘The Forgotten Girl’ - ]]>

Cincinnati native David Bell’s latest thriller, The Forgotten Girl, centers on Jason Danvers, a 45-year-old graphic designer in small-town Ohio whose comfortable existence is seriously altered when his wayward younger sister re-enters his life.

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<![CDATA[Fourth of July Creek - Smith Henderson (Ecco)]]> 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.
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<![CDATA[High as the Horses Bridles - Scott Cheshire (Henry Holt and Company)]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Walking the Steps of Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City’s Scenic and Historic Secrets - Mary Anna DuSablon Revised by Connie J. Harrell and John Cicmanec (Ohio University Press)]]>

Walking the Steps of Cincinnati: A Guide to the Queen City’s Scenic and Historic Secrets is a wholly delightful book that first appeared in 1998 and returns in a revised edition as the weather invites taking full advantage of its subject matter.

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<![CDATA[Love and Terror - Dorothy Weil (AuthorHouse)]]>

Dorothy Weil’s new novel, Love and Terror, takes place in a past so recent that we’ve all been there — the middle of the 21st century’s first decade — and is set in a place we know just as well, Cincinnati.

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<![CDATA[Visions of Cincinnati - The Cincinnati Anthology looks at our rapidly changing city in myriad ways ]]>

Cincinnati is 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.

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<![CDATA[To Rise Again At A Decent Hour - Joshua Ferris (Little, Brown and Company)]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[The Corpse Exhibition - Hassan Blasim (Translated by Jonathan Wright) (Penguin Books)]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[Queen City Reading - A cornucopia of Cinci-centric books hits the market]]>

It’s not so unusual when local authors write books about this region — there’s a burgeoning market for it, actually, in Cincinnati and elsewhere.

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<![CDATA[Rust Belt Prophet - Author David Giffels discusses his ode to Akron]]> 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 book attests.
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<![CDATA[Looking at the Past Through a Child's Eye - ]]> 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]]> <![CDATA[Total Immersion - Acclaimed novelist Rachel Kushner discusses her approach to writing]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt (Little, Brown and Co.)]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[The Circle - Dave Eggers (Knopf/McSweeney's)]]> "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.]]> <![CDATA[The Pages Of History - Looking back at 160 years of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Photographer Michael E. Keating drops 'Cincinnati: Shadow & Light' - ]]> 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.]]> <![CDATA[The Bookseller - Neil Van Uum is back with a new store at Fountain Square ]]>

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.

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<![CDATA[Night Film - by Marisha Pessl (Random House)]]> 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 psyche.]]>