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Iain Sinclair <em>American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light</em>

Iain Sinclair American Smoke: Journeys to the End of the Light

Books: Associative journeys through the nightmares of American writers By Baynard Woods 4/16/2014
CityLit Festival

CityLit Festival

Books: An interview with Lia Purpura By Andrew Zaleski 4/9/2014
Children by the Millions

Children by the Millions

Books: New bio of Big Star’s Alex Chilton reveals multifaceted and tragic life By Andrew Holter 3/19/2014
Leonardo Padura Fuentes: <em>The Man Who Loved Dogs</em>

Leonardo Padura Fuentes: The Man Who Loved Dogs

Books: Leonardo Padura Fuentes’ new novel details the exile and death of Trotsky and the remnants of totalitarian fear By Daniel Pope 3/12/2014
A Baltimore Education

A Baltimore Education

Books: A new edition of Frederick Douglass’ autobiography reminds us of the importance of Baltimore in his life, and his importance in the life of the city By Andrew Holter 2/19/2014
Book Review <em>Wondrous Beauty</em>

Book Review Wondrous Beauty

Books: Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte bucked Baltimore’s rigid social system for a more refined Europe By Fallon Chase 2/12/2014
Book Review: <em>On Such a Full Sea</em>

Book Review: On Such a Full Sea

Books: Chang-Rae Lee’s new speculative novel is too speculative By Baynard Woods 1/15/2014
Book Review: <em>Work Ethic</em>

Book Review: Work Ethic

Books: Tim Paggi’s new chapbook tackles the pressures and pleasures of adulthood By Bret McCabe 1/8/2014
Book Review <em>Front Stoops in the Fifties</em>

Book Review Front Stoops in the Fifties

Books: Michael Olesker’s book trades in nostalgia for a more innocent time By Evan Serpick 1/1/2014
The Isle of Youth

The Isle of Youth

Books: Laura van den Berg’s stories are narrated by women who are bad-asses, or think they are By Baynard Woods 12/25/2013
Elaine Eff: <em>The Painted Screens of Baltimore</em>

Elaine Eff: The Painted Screens of Baltimore

Books: Folklorist produces masterful history of screen-painting in Baltimore By Rafael Alvarez 12/18/2013
Book Review: <em>Zig Zag Wanderer</em>

Book Review: Zig Zag Wanderer

Books: Madison Smartt Bell’s collection of stories shows that not all who wander are lost By Baynard Woods 12/10/2013
Lost in the Interior

Lost in the Interior

Books: Paul Auster presents a portrait of the artist as a tedious undergrad By Andrew Holter 12/4/2013
Radical Resistance

Radical Resistance

Books: Red Emma’s reopens in Station North as Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore mourns the loss of radical community By Kate Drabinski 11/27/2013
Book Review: Guinevere in Baltimore

Book Review: Guinevere in Baltimore

Books: Shelley Puhak’s new collection sets the Arthurian Round Table in Baltimore By Baynard Woods 11/13/2013
Creative Reading

Creative Reading

Books: Colum McCann talks women, history, and Frederick Douglass By Baynard Woods 11/6/2013
Excerpt: <em>Transatlantic</em>

Excerpt: Transatlantic

Books: On his last morning in Cork, Frederick Douglass took a jaunting car, alone. The horse seemed to yield to him. The reins felt soft in his hands. He went southwest of the city and strolled the strand. Quiet here. No emigrant ships. The tide was out and the be By Colum McCann 11/6/2013
Creative Reading

Creative Reading

Books: Colum McCann talks women, history, and Frederick Douglass By Baynard Woods 11/6/2013
Book Review: There

Book Review: There

Books: Local author paints searing picture of Iraqi Kurdistan By Baynard Woods 10/23/2013
Book Review: <em>The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.</em>

Book Review: The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P.

Books: In a surprisingly fun read, Baltimore-born Adelle Waldman satirizes the males of Brooklyn’s hipster class By Baynard Woods 10/16/2013
Going Rogue

Going Rogue

Books: A sociologist roughs up his field while piercing the veil of the Big Apple’s underbelly By Van Smith 10/2/2013
Book Review: Norman Rush\'s Subtle Bodies

Book Review: Norman Rush's Subtle Bodies

Books: Norman Rush’s new novel probes friendship, marriage, and war By Baynard Woods 9/11/2013
Book Review: <em>Tampa</em>

Book Review: Tampa

Books: First-person portrait of a pedophile keeps a finger pressed firmly on a painful place By Jessica Bryce Young 9/4/2013
Portrait of the Artist as a young... Meh

Portrait of the Artist as a young... Meh

Books: William Gass produces a magisterial novel about mediocrity By John Barry 8/28/2013
You Can’t Go Home Again

You Can’t Go Home Again

Books: Jen Michalski’s ambitious new novel is a book for the ages By Baynard Woods 8/21/2013
Survival of the Richest

Survival of the Richest

Books: YA book by native Baltimorean imagines a world where the poor are punished for the crimes of rich patrons By Brenda Serpick 8/14/2013
Print’s Not Dead

Print’s Not Dead

Books: Print/Collect isn’t exactly a book, nor is it quite the art show of the same name By Baynard Woods 8/14/2013
Book Review: <em>Tell God I Don’t Exist</em>

Book Review: Tell God I Don’t Exist

Books: First book from City Paper fiction contest finalist populated by outcasts at odds with slightly more powerful outcasts By Damien Ober 8/7/2013
The Electric Circus

The Electric Circus

Books: A new book shows the role of an elephant in P.T. Barnum’s and Thomas Edison’s parallel races for power By Marisa Hill Dunn 7/24/2013
Bullshit Artist

Bullshit Artist

Books: From Baltimore to L.A. with Mike Sager, via celebrity, excess, drugs, madness,Esquire, and Rolling Stone By Baynard Woods 7/17/2013
Letters, 1941-1985

Letters, 1941-1985

Books: A memoir is an invitation, like a doorstop left in the entry to a writer’s personal history By Andrew Holter 7/17/2013
Book Review: Bodine’s Industry: The Dignity of Work, by A. Aubrey Bodine

Book Review: Bodine’s Industry: The Dignity of Work, by A. Aubrey Bodine

Books: Working Man’s Blues - Aubrey Bodine’s photos of working life highlight what we’ve lost By Evan Serpick 7/3/2013
Book Review: Nine Years Under, by Sheri Booker

Book Review: Nine Years Under, by Sheri Booker

Books: Sheri Booker’s new book mixes compassion and gallows humor to find wisdom By Baynard Woods 6/26/2013
Book Review: The Difficulty of Being, by Jean Cocteau

Book Review: The Difficulty of Being, by Jean Cocteau

Books: Cocteau takes us by the hand and shows us the dance of his accomplishments By Andrew Holter 6/26/2013
Book Review: Karen Houppert’s Chasing Gideon

Book Review: Karen Houppert’s Chasing Gideon

Books: Tales from the struggle to give poor defendants a chance By Lee Gardner 6/12/2013
Coming to America

Coming to America

Books: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s sweeping love story also addresses complexities of race By Michael Shank 6/5/2013
Walter Mosley: <em>Little Green</em>

Walter Mosley: Little Green

Books: Iconic hero Easy Rawlins comes “half-awake, dead and dreaming,” after driving a car off a cliff in what may have been a suicide attempt. By Baynard Woods 6/5/2013
Cruel <em>summer</em>

Cruel summer

Books: Blau gives up heart to make ’80s-era thriller, ends up with A-Team retread By Baynard Woods 5/29/2013
<em>Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Heavy Metal</em>

Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Heavy Metal

Books: "They're in it for the pussy. The music's important too, but it's more about the pussy." By Lee Gardner 5/22/2013
The First Person

The First Person

Books: Two writers who mix reporting and the personal essay By Baynard Woods 5/8/2013
<em>The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir</em>

The Friedkin Connection: A Memoir

Books: Any film nerd hungry for stories of golden-age post-studio Hollywood adventure and excess will be sated. By Lee Gardner 5/8/2013
High Anxiety

High Anxiety

Books: James Kelman’s latest inhabits the relentless, worried mind By Michael Shank 5/1/2013
<em>The Sun</em> Also Writeth

The Sun Also Writeth

Books: Copy editor publishes nuggets of newsroom wisdom By Baynard Woods 4/24/2013
City That Reads

City That Reads

Books: Pratt Library celebrates 10 years of CityLit By Baynard Woods 4/10/2013
Backdoor Economics

Backdoor Economics

Books: The American obsession with smuggling, from the Boston Tea Party through today’s drug trade By Bret McCabe 4/3/2013
Card Sharp

Card Sharp

Books: Michael Kimball writes your life story... and his own By Baynard Woods 3/27/2013

#309 Baynard Woods

Books: Read the postcard profile of City Paper's Senior Editor By Michael Kimball 3/27/2013
The Accidental Artist

The Accidental Artist

Books: Experimental writing that aims for a broad audience By Bret McCabe 3/20/2013
<em>I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp</em>

I Dreamed I Was a Very Clean Tramp

Books: We follow bright, sensitive Richard Meyers as he metamorphoses—via small-time delinquency, insatiable restlessness, sexual frustration, and poetry By Andrew Holter 3/20/2013
Elegaic Mode

Elegaic Mode

Books: Poet honors Stephen Pitcairn in new collection By Dean Bartoli Smith 3/13/2013
Holy Fuck

Holy Fuck

Books: The sexy, theological stories of Jamie Quatro and the charming and harrowing essays of Aleksandar Hemon By Baynard Woods 3/13/2013
Things Fall Apart

Things Fall Apart

Books: Rob Roensch’s Baltimoreans are on edge By Baynard Woods 3/6/2013
A look at Local books

A look at Local books

Books: Young Thurgood, Sensualist, and Murder in the Dog Park By Baynard Woods 3/6/2013
All For One?

All For One?

Books: Social history looks at the alliances built in Depression-era Baltimore By John Barry 2/27/2013
<em>The Great Persuasion</em>

The Great Persuasion

Books: New book chronicles the rise of laissez faire capitalism By Edward Ericson Jr. 2/27/2013
<em>Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief</em>

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief

Books: Lawrence Wright’s new book tackles the cult of Scientology By Lee Gardner 2/20/2013
Missed Connections

Missed Connections

Books: The strangest questions Amy Webb has ever seen By Baynard Woods 2/13/2013
Awkward teenage Blues

Awkward teenage Blues

Books: Stephanie Barber didn’t write one word in her new book, Night Moves (Publishing Genius). She didn’t even place one punctuation mark in its 70-something pages. She edited the text—if by “editing” you mean deleting the original authors’ names. By Bret McCabe 2/13/2013
Show and Tell

Show and Tell

Books: Two new collections show Lopate’s mastery of the essay By Baynard Woods 2/6/2013
Manil Suri: <em>The City of Devi</em>

Manil Suri: The City of Devi

Books: UMBC math professor integrates geopolitics, religious symbolism, and sexual awakening By Baynard Woods 2/6/2013
Prophet of Rock

Prophet of Rock

Books: Ian Svenonius’ new book offers offbeat guide to rock ‘n’ roll life By Raymond Cummings 1/30/2013
Literary Diptych

Literary Diptych

Books: Jen Michalski’s new novellas use style to bring worlds to life By Baynard Woods 1/16/2013
Future Shock

Future Shock

Books: George Saunders’ new stories take our current condition at a slant By Raymond Cummings 1/9/2013
Jon Meacham: <em>Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power</em>

Jon Meacham: Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power

Books: New Jefferson biography fails to examine founding father’s use of power By Damien Ober 1/2/2013
Liberty and Lunacy

Liberty and Lunacy

Books: Reissue of 85-year-old book reminds of America’s history of cultish ideas By Bret McCabe 12/26/2012
Heather Fuller: <em>any number of signals</em>

Heather Fuller: any number of signals

Books: Shattered Wig Press hosts poets Heather Fuller and C.L. Bledsoe 11/28/2012
<em>The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012</em>

The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2012

Books: A collection edited by young people hits zeitgeist—for better or worse By Evan Serpick 11/28/2012
Sirois: <em>So Say the Waiters</em>

Sirois: So Say the Waiters

Books: A new book details—and invents—Baltimore subcultures By Baynard Woods 11/21/2012
Blues Power

Blues Power

Books: In Marshall C. Bell’s new book, the hero tries to escape the beast of Baltimore, just like he did By Andrew Zaleski 11/21/2012
Awakening

Awakening

Books: Oliver Sacks’ new book details the varieties of hallucinations—and his own drug use By Baynard Woods 11/14/2012
Eamon Espey: <em>Songs of the Abyss</em>

Eamon Espey: Songs of the Abyss

Books: Songs of the Abyss presents the mystery of life and death By Baynard Woods 10/29/2012
Murder By Numbers

Murder By Numbers

Books: Local author looks at the forgotten victims of serial killers By Bret McCabe 10/17/2012
Davy Rothbart: <em>My Heart Is an Idiot</em>

Davy Rothbart: My Heart Is an Idiot

Books: Found founder searches for love, adventure By Andrea Appleton 10/3/2012
Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes

Books: An quick interview with cult cartoonist and screenwriter Daniel Clowes By Max Robinson 9/11/2012
She Was Very Good Indeed

She Was Very Good Indeed

Books: Laura Lippman takes an unflinching look at the life of a “suburban madam.” By Marianne Amoss 8/29/2012
Fall Literary Highlights

Fall Literary Highlights

Books: H.L. Mencken, Small Press Expo, Laura Lippman, and more. 8/29/2012
<em>On Being</em>

On Being

Books: Staff of The Stranger offers wisdom for the addled college student, and the rest of us. By Evan Serpick 8/29/2012
Martin Amis: <em>Lionel Asbo: State of England</em>

Martin Amis: Lionel Asbo: State of England

Books: Martin Amis takes aim at the contemporary world By Bret McCabe 8/22/2012
Miranda July: <em>It Chooses You</em>

Miranda July: It Chooses You

Books: Miranda July’s writer’s block leads to obsession By Erin Gleeson 8/15/2012
Other Worlds

Other Worlds

Books: A. Jarrell Hayes turns his torment into speculative fiction By Baynard Woods 7/31/2012
Dave Eggers: <em>A Hologram for the King</em>

Dave Eggers: A Hologram for the King

Books: Dave Eggers writes the Great American Novel for a not-so-great America By Baynard Woods 7/31/2012
Natalie Hopkinson: <em>Go-Go Live</em>

Natalie Hopkinson: Go-Go Live

Books: Natalie Hopkinson explores go-go and race in America By Michael Corbin 7/25/2012
Baltimore’s Champ

Baltimore’s Champ

Books: The largely forgotten life of America’s first black boxing champion By Evan Serpick 7/11/2012
Shawn Peters: <em>The Catonsville Nine</em>

Shawn Peters: The Catonsville Nine

Books: Professor writes the definitive history of the Catonsville Nine By Joe Tropea 7/11/2012
Nancy Mullane: <em>Life After Murder</em>

Nancy Mullane: Life After Murder

Books: A chilling new book examines the lives of convicted murderers. By Raymond Cummings 7/4/2012
Tim Kreider

Tim Kreider

Books: The essayist and cartoonist talks about ice picks, losing friends, and the hilarious drunken brother who actually draws his cartoons By Andrea Appleton 6/20/2012
Jack Hitt: <em>Bunch of Amateurs</em>

Jack Hitt: Bunch of Amateurs

Books: Jack Hitt takes us to the edge of obsession in search of the American character By Baynard Woods 6/20/2012
Ulysses Unbound

Ulysses Unbound

Books: Steve Cole uses the internet to liberate James Joyce’s masterpiece By Baynard Woods 6/13/2012
Melting Pot

Melting Pot

Art: Christopher LaVoie occupies a new gallery with slippery rage By Bret McCabe 6/13/2012
<em>Mid-Century Ads: Advertising From the Mad Men Era</em>

Mid-Century Ads: Advertising From the Mad Men Era

Books: Taschen volumes feature two decades of Madison Avenue selling the sizzle By Joe MacLeod 6/6/2012
Better of Two Evils

Better of Two Evils

Books: In a new book, a former Baltimore cop says corporal punishment is kinder than prison By Michael Corbin 6/6/2012
Alan Greenberg: <em>Every Night the Trees Disappear</em>

Alan Greenberg: Every Night the Trees Disappear

Books: A new book about Werner Herzog only deepens the mystery By Baynard Woods 5/30/2012
Return Trip

Return Trip

Books: A local cabbie’s second book about life behind the wheel is a bumpy ride By Baynard Woods 5/23/2012
Dick Teresi: <em>The Undead</em>

Dick Teresi: The Undead

Books: A new book asks tough questions about organ harvesting and the definition of death By Laura Dattaro 5/2/2012
Kei Miller: <em>The Last Warner Woman</em>

Kei Miller: The Last Warner Woman

Books: The fictional tale of a Jamaican Cassandra impresses on many levels By Erin Gleeson 5/2/2012
Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch

Books: A true Renaissance man talks about sense of place, losing one’s parents, and the lessons of war By Andrea Appleton 4/11/2012
Michael G. Long: <em>I Must Resist</em>

Michael G. Long: I Must Resist

Books: Civil rights activist Bayard Rustin’s sexual orientation continues to obscure his legacy By Edward Ericson Jr. 4/11/2012
Leela Corman: <em>Unterzakhn</em>

Leela Corman: Unterzakhn

Books: New graphic novel traces two sisters’ diverging courses through early 20th-century New York By Laura Dattaro 3/28/2012

Kevin Barry: City of Bohane

Books: Brilliant novel set in a seedy Ireland of the future is a must-read By Andrea Appleton 3/21/2012
Lit Show

Lit Show

Books: A new live talk-show aims to make literary discussion must-see By Andrea Appleton 3/21/2012
Hanne Blank: <em>Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality</em>

Hanne Blank: Straight: The Surprisingly Short History of Heterosexuality

Books: Local author takes on a form of sexuality many consider a given By Laura Dattaro 3/7/2012
Susan Cain: <em>Quiet</em>

Susan Cain: Quiet

Books: Susan Cain quietly explains why we should listen to introverts By Raymond Cummings 2/29/2012
Larry Witham: <em>Art Schooled</em>

Larry Witham: Art Schooled

Books: A journalist crafts an indispensable primer about life at the Maryland Institute College of Art By Erin Gleeson 2/29/2012
David Treuer: <em>Rez Life</em>

David Treuer: Rez Life

Books: A Native American writer examines tribal history through the lens of his own life By Andrea Appleton 2/8/2012
<em>Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty</em>

Vicky Swanky Is a Beauty

Books: Even the shortest of short stories have to make the reader care By Rupert Wondolowski 2/1/2012
<em>Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers</em>

Satan Is Real: The Ballad of the Louvin Brothers

Books: The Louvin Brothers' rise and fall as a unit and an act rightly forms the substance of Charlie's lively recollection By Lee Gardner 2/1/2012
Eric Weiner: <em>Man Seeks God: My Flirtations With the Divine</em>

Eric Weiner: Man Seeks God: My Flirtations With the Divine

Books: An agnostic’s search for spiritual fulfillment yields a book as wise as it is funny By Andrea Appleton 1/25/2012
Gil Scott-Heron: <em>The Last Holiday: A Memoir</em>

Gil Scott-Heron: The Last Holiday: A Memoir

Books: Gil Scott-Heron’s memoir isn’t intimate, but it casts him in a new light nevertheless By Pierre Bennu 1/18/2012
Julia Flynn Siler: <em>Lost Kingdom</em>

Julia Flynn Siler: Lost Kingdom

Books: A new book tells Hawaii’s fascinating story, from primordial lava flow to monarchy to statehood By Erin Gleeson 1/11/2012
Brian Selznick: <em>Wonderstruck</em> and <em>The Invention of Hugo Cabret</em>

Brian Selznick: Wonderstruck and The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Books: Brian Selznick’s Enchanting books suggest a new form of storytelling By Michael Corbin 1/4/2012
Ryan Boudinot: <em>Blueprints of the Afterlife</em>

Ryan Boudinot: Blueprints of the Afterlife

Books: A kaleidoscopic novel describes what comes after the Age of Fucked Up Shit By Andrea Appleton 12/28/2011
Ryan David Jahn’s: <em>The Dispatcher</em>

Ryan David Jahn’s: The Dispatcher

Books: The Dispatcher is a book you’ll read despite yourself By Andrea Appleton 12/21/2011
<em>The Someday Funnies</em>

The Someday Funnies

Books: A compendium of ’60s comics finally emerges more than 30 years late By Max Robinson 12/21/2011
Mike Riley: <em>I Taste Sound</em>

Mike Riley: I Taste Sound

Books: Baltimore art guy makes comics for the questionably sane By Laura Dattaro 12/21/2011
Lou Beach: <em>420 Characters</em>

Lou Beach: 420 Characters

Books: Lou Beach updates his status to creator of a fascinating new form of fiction By Laura Dattaro 12/14/2011
Maureen O’Prey: <em>Brewing in Baltimore</em>

Maureen O’Prey: Brewing in Baltimore

Books: Baltimore has always been a beer town By Andrea Appleton 12/14/2011
Jean Baker on <em>Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion</em>

Jean Baker on Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion

Books: A new biography lends context to the controversial Margaret Sanger By Danielle Ariano 12/7/2011
Jennifer B. Bodine: <em>Bodine’s City</em>

Jennifer B. Bodine: Bodine’s City

Books: The Photography of A. Aubrey Bodine By Andrea Appleton 12/7/2011
Will Hermes: <em>Love Goes to Buildings on Fire</em>

Will Hermes: Love Goes to Buildings on Fire

Books: Five Years in New York That Changed Music Forever By Lee Gardner 12/7/2011
Arthur Magida: <em>The Nazi Séance</em>

Arthur Magida: The Nazi Séance

Books: A new book tells the story of a Jewish psychic who allied himself with the Nazis By Tim Hill 12/7/2011
Menu Design in America

Menu Design in America

Books: Massive tome celebrates 135 years of the humble menu By Joe MacLeod 11/16/2011
Chuck Palahniuk: <em>Damned</em>

Chuck Palahniuk: Damned

Books: Author of Fight Club, Choke cooks up a hallucinatory vision of hell By Laura Dattaro 11/9/2011
Rev Jen: <em>Elf Girl</em>

Rev Jen: Elf Girl

Books: Jen Miller, aka Rev Jen, is a self-created cult figure, the “patron saint of the uncool,” and her newest book is a celebration of all the uncool things she’s done. By Andrea Appleton 11/9/2011
Jeffrey Sachs: <em>The Price of Civilization</em>

Jeffrey Sachs: The Price of Civilization

Books: New book lays bare our country’s inadequacies while honoring its can-do spirit By Edward Ericson Jr. 11/2/2011
Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips and Culture 1895—1950

Kings of the Pages: Comic Strips and Culture 1895—1950

Books: Comics exhibit at McDaniels College highlights a colorful slice of American history By Max Robinson 10/26/2011
Best American Comics

Best American Comics

Books: The Best American Comics is a collection of 2011’s best and brightest that admirably manages to stay afloat. By Max Robinson 10/26/2011
Gilbert Sandler: <em>Home Front Baltimore: An Album of Stories From World War II</em>

Gilbert Sandler: Home Front Baltimore: An Album of Stories From World War II

“The great rememberer” explores Baltimore during World War II By Andrea Appleton 10/19/2011
Paul La Farge: <em>Luminous Airplanes</em>

Paul La Farge: Luminous Airplanes

Books: Luminous Airplanes spans a lifetime and it has continued to evolve, accompanied by an online “immersive text”. By Andrea Appleton 10/19/2011
Stephanie “Yarn Harlot” Pearl-McPhee

Stephanie “Yarn Harlot” Pearl-McPhee

Books: The knitting guru talks about the perks and drawbacks of being “knitter-famous” By Adrienne Martini 10/12/2011
<em>Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City</em>

Baltimore ’68: Riots and Rebirth in an American City

Books: A “comprehensive” study of Baltimore’s ’68 riots falls short By Edward Ericson Jr. 9/28/2011
<em>The Most Dangerous Thing</em> by Laura Lippman

The Most Dangerous Thing by Laura Lippman

Books: Lippman may be living in New Orleans, but she's still keeping her stories close to home By Wendy Ward 9/28/2011
Nicholson Baker’s <em>House of Holes</em> is quaint in its sex-obsessed sincerity

Nicholson Baker’s House of Holes is quaint in its sex-obsessed sincerity

Books: We are awash in raunch, or at least it sometimes seems like it these days. By Lee Gardner 8/24/2011
<em>Big Questions</em> by Anders Nilsen

Big Questions by Anders Nilsen

Books: For some reason, talking animals really lend themselves to the exploration of human issues. By Max Robinson 8/24/2011
Three local poets reconcile the outer world with the inner

Three local poets reconcile the outer world with the inner

Books: Britt, Mason, and Winch have a rare gift for showing us how those two worlds can coexist in the same reality—as they do for almost every reader By Geoffrey Himes 8/17/2011
Learned Behavior

Learned Behavior

Books: A new book argues that it's a mistake to assume education alone can fix our society By Michael Corbin 8/10/2011
Tom Scocca

Tom Scocca

Books: The author of Beijing Welcomes You talks about the 2008 Olympics, Tibet, and smelling (and seeing) the air By Lee Gardner 8/3/2011
Administrative Issues

Administrative Issues

Books: The problem with higher education, one Johns Hopkins professor says, is the people who run it By Laura Dattaro 8/3/2011
Mother of Invention

Mother of Invention

Books: A former Baltimorean combines science and history in a young-adult novel By Jenn Ladd 7/13/2011
<em>Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs</em>

Surviving the Apocalypse in the Suburbs

Books: The end is near—are the burbs the best place to live through it? By Scott Carlson 7/6/2011
<em>Walking Thrall </em>

Walking Thrall

Anthropologist Elijah Anderson explores race and class by traversing Philadelphia By Michael Corbin 6/8/2011
<em>The Listener </em>

The Listener

a new graphic novel by Canadian artist David Lester, is a good deal better than its sprawling synopsis makes it sound. 6/8/2011
McKay Jenkins

McKay Jenkins

Books: The author talks about what we can do about living in a toxic world By Laura Dattaro 4/27/2011
<em>The Four Ms. Bradwells </em>

The Four Ms. Bradwells

Books: Fiction by Meg Waite Clayton By Wendy Ward 4/20/2011
<em>Real Common Sense </em>

Real Common Sense

Books: Nonfiction by Brian Kahn By Lauren Loeffler 4/20/2011
<em>Say Her Name</em>

Say Her Name

Books: Fiction by Francisco Goldman By Wendy Ward 4/13/2011
Jane Borden

Jane Borden

Books: A Southerner on how New York made her realize what a Southerner she is By Bret McCabe 4/13/2011
<em>The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries </em>

The Record Players: DJ Revolutionaries

Books: DJ History takes up the publishing mantle for dance music By Michaelangelo Matos 4/6/2011
Language of Love

Language of Love

Books: Michelle Antoinette Nelson makes you stop and listen as LOVE the poet By Jaye Hunnie 3/23/2011
Words and Deeds

Words and Deeds

Books: James Miller examines the lives of the life examiners By Andrea Appleton 3/16/2011
<em>The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life </em>

The Good Daughter: A Memoir of My Mother’s Hidden Life

Books: Memoir by Jasmin Darznik By Wendy Ward 3/16/2011
<em>Tales of Blood and Roses</em>

Tales of Blood and Roses

Zines: On the surface, it smacks of being a Twilight sequel, it really does, but don’t let that deter you from picking up the first issue of the new local horror zine Tales of Blood and Roses. From the macabre mind of Jeffrey L. Shipley. By Jerard Fagerberg 3/9/2011
Ron Tanner

Ron Tanner

Books: Loyola University professor’s debut novel offers an upbeat tour through a dismal world By Jerard Fagerberg 3/9/2011
American Made

American Made

Books: Post-Classical Ensemble spotlights the infallible imagination of Lou Harrison By Samantha Buker 3/2/2011
<em>SkateFate</em>

SkateFate

Books: Poetry by Juan Felipe Herrera By Jerard Fagerberg 3/2/2011
Scanners

Scanners

Books: Will Google Books kill print and paper libraries? Long live the new text? By Michael Corbin 3/2/2011
Speaking its name

Speaking its name

Books: Cherrie Amour puts love poems to music—and lovers on notice By Bret McCabe 2/9/2011
<em>The World Beneath</em>

The World Beneath

Books: Fiction by Cate Kennedy By Wendy Ward 2/9/2011
Sheril Kirshenbaum: <em>The Science of Kissing</em>

Sheril Kirshenbaum: The Science of Kissing

Books: A science writer pens a telling book about kissing By Bret McCabe 1/5/2011
The Year in Books

The Year in Books

Top Ten: In years past we’ve polled City Paper’s book reviewers for their 10 favorite books of the year and threaded a list together from their input. 12/8/2010
Tristan Garcia: Hate: a Romance

Tristan Garcia: Hate: a Romance

Books: Hate: a Romance Fiction by Tristan Garcia Faber and Faber, Inc., paperback A fair warning to contemporary novelists: Reading Tristan Garcia’s debut novel may cause you to hate the 29-year-old French author. It’ll be a hate born of sincere admira By Bret McCabe 11/17/2010
Dennis Lehane: Moonlight Mile

Dennis Lehane: Moonlight Mile

Books: Moonlight Mile Crime Fiction by Dennis Lehane William Morrow, hardcover One of Dennis Lehane’s secret weapons as a crime novelist is his readability. The genre as a whole is supposed to be accessible, but there is a literary divide separating th By Bret McCabe 11/17/2010
Subprime Suspects

Subprime Suspects

Books: Michael Hudson gets inside the lives of predatory lending's victims and perps By Edward Ericson Jr. 11/17/2010
Violet Glaze and Josh Meyers

Violet Glaze and Josh Meyers

Books: The writer and illustrator talk about their collection of short stories Genghis Cum By Laura Dattaro 11/10/2010
Avery Monsen and Jory John: All My Friends Are Dead

Avery Monsen and Jory John: All My Friends Are Dead

Books: A new idea, sturdy execution, and some surprisingly sweet moments can't overcome it's slip-ups. By Laura Dattaro 11/10/2010
Janice Shapiro: Bummer and Other Stories

Janice Shapiro: Bummer and Other Stories

Books: Few publishers would have the good sense and taste to publish stories as ordinarily beguiling and bizarre as the 11 found in Janice Shapiro’s Bummer. By Bret McCabe 11/10/2010
High Gloss

High Gloss

Books: Two magazine writers plumb the depths of grass-roots politics and Russia's outer limits By Raymond Cummings 11/3/2010
Grave Concerns

Grave Concerns

Books: Zine Rigor Mortis explores what we talk about when we talk about zombies By Bret McCabe 10/27/2010
Natalie Standiford: <em>Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters</em>

Natalie Standiford: Confessions of the Sullivan Sisters

Books: The Sweet Valley High twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield wouldn’t survive a day in Baltimore, no doubt, but not for the reasons you might suspect. By Wendy Ward 9/8/2010
Patricia Engel: <em>Vida</em>

Patricia Engel: Vida

Books: Fact: It’s going to be a long time before another stream of American art comes as close to capturing the lives of Latin American women in America as Jaime, Gilbert, and Mario Hernandez’s Love and Rockets comics/spinoffs, if only because Los Bros Hernandez have now been following some of their characters for more than 20 years. By Bret McCabe 9/8/2010
Kate Bernheimer: <em>Horse, Flower, Bird</em>

Kate Bernheimer: Horse, Flower, Bird

Books: Grimm’s fairy tales are, well, grim. Reading them after a childhood of being fooled by story books and Disney movies is a bit shocking and totally wild. By Wendy Ward 9/8/2010
Jean-Christophe Valtat: 03

Jean-Christophe Valtat: 03

Books: By Bret McCabe 10/6/2010
Nadifa Mohamed: Black Mamba Boy

Nadifa Mohamed: Black Mamba Boy

Books: By Andrea Appleton 10/6/2010
Frank Deford: Bliss, Remembered

Frank Deford: Bliss, Remembered

Books: By Edward Ericson Jr. 10/6/2010
Mark Haskell Smith: <em>Baked</em>

Mark Haskell Smith: Baked

Book Review: Los Angeles crime novelist Mark Haskell Smith has always harbored a comically ludicrous streak. By Bret McCabe 8/25/2010
Dan Fesperman: <em>Layover in Dubai</em>

Dan Fesperman: Layover in Dubai

Book Review: Layover in Dubai By Dan Fesperman Alfred A. Knopf, hardcover Sam Keller isn’t used to hanging out with high-priced call girls. And he’s especially not used to milling about surrounded by women from so many different ethnicities—Ethiopian, Indian, Indo By Bret McCabe 8/25/2010
Kristin Hersh: <em>Rat Girl: A Memoir</em>

Kristin Hersh: Rat Girl: A Memoir

Book Review: Coming up in the 1980s and into a certain level of success in the ’90s, the Rhode Island band Throwing Muses has always been a tribe. By Wendy Ward 8/25/2010

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