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Sept. 14 2015
I'm fascinated with recovery memoirs, drug novels and stories where overcoming addiction takes center stage. The narrative arc of a recovery story is similar to a romance and it's almost always the same:...
Aug. 24 2015
What Is Punk? is a picture book for kids that tells the story of punk through rhyming couplets and three-dimensional images of clay figures. Think Wallace and Grommet with liberty spikes and anarchy patches
Aug. 3 2015
Music for Wartime is Rebecca Makkai's third book but her first collection of short stories, which is unusual considering her short stories have appeared in four consecutive editions of The Best...
July 13 2015
With The Invaders, Karolina Waclawiak welcomes us to Little Neck Cove Yacht & Country Club, a beach community approximately an hour outside of New York City where wealthy retirees on the wrong...
June 22 2015
Everyone has heard the saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover," but what if two covers have similar subjects and the exact same title?
June 1 2015
If you love music, but the prospect of reading a collection of record reviews strikes you as a less-than-thrilling use of your time, Daniel Mahoney just might make you reconsider.
May 11 2015
Oceanside author Andrew Roe has written what could be called a pre-apocalyptic novel set in the heady days leading up to Y2K, when doomsday cults were predicting the end of the world as we knew it
April 21 2015
Kim Gordons memoir, Girl in a Band, begins and ends with her divorce from her longtime husband and bandmate Thurston Moore.
March 23 2015
Palm trees, sandy beaches and warm ocean breezes typically aren't the makings of a gritty detective novel. They are in Yesterday's Echo, local author Matt Coyle's debut novel and the first in the...
March 2 2015
The Unstrung Harp is hardly an endorsement for a life in letters, yet it remains one of the most honest books about the writing process I've ever read
Feb. 10 2015
In You Who Read Me with Passion Now Must Forever Be My Friends (Siglio Press), a collection works by artist Dorothy Iannone and edited by Lisa Pearson, sex is both everywhere and nowhere.
Jan. 19 2015
Im not the biggest fan of Haruki Murakamis fiction, but when I saw a copy of The Strange Library in the bookstore, I had to pick it up. The slender volume sealed in plastic and designed by rock-star...
Dec. 29 2014
A friend of mine went into a bookstore in Los Angeles and asked the man behind the counter if they had a copy of Inherent Vice by Thomas Pynchon. "You don't want to read that," he said
Dec. 8 2014
In Lindsay Hunters sensational debut novel, Ugly Girls, Baby Girl and Perry are high schoolers from Hell. Perry is the pretty one. Baby Girl seeks a different kind of attention
Nov. 17 2014
Much like her fictional forebear, Philip Marlowe, Juniper Song drinks heavily, smokes like a chimney and calls Los Angeles home.
Oct. 27 2014
To say that Doctor Benjamin Franklin's Dream America is an inventive work of fiction is like calling the ocean a tad salty.
Oct. 6 2014
One of my favorite characters in all of hardboiled crime is a thief named Alan Grofield, the protagonist of Lemons Never Lie
Sept. 15 2014
How do you tell the story of an abusive relationship when you don't recognize its wrongness until many years have passed? That's the problem and central metaphor of Wendy Ortiz's memoir, Excavation.
Aug. 25 2014
Klein's mastery over these two narratives makes The Shimmering Go-Between a shocking and delightful debut that will beguile you at every turn
Aug. 4 2014
Last week, my first novel, Forest of Fortune, was published. No, I'm not going to review my own work, but I would like to discuss two of the amazing books that inspired me.


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