Category: Book reviews

Black Chalk By Christopher J. Yates

Black Chalk By Christopher J. Yates (Picador) Incredibly imaginative, Black Chalk, the debut for Christopher Yates, is one of the most compelling works of fiction put out this year. The story centers on a group of freshmen students attending Oxford…

Thank You, Goodnight: A Novel By Andy Abramowitz

Thank You, Goodnight: A Novel By Andy Abramowitz (Touchstone) The protagonist in first-time novelist Andy Abramowitz’s “Thank You, Goodnight” has quite a bit in common with his creator. Both men are lawyers in Philadelphia that have seemingly put their time…

How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions) By Duff McKagan

How to Be a Man (And Other Illusions) By Duff McKagan (DaCapo) I think if you told Appetite for Destruction-era, Duff McKagan that one day he’d be a best-selling author, columnist, and writing another book offering life advice he’d choke…

Girl in a Band: A Memoir By Kim Gordon

Girl in a Band: A Memoir By Kim Gordon (Dey St.) For the past three decades, Kim Gordon has been the driving force of Sonic Youth —the group she cofounded—serving as co-vocalist, bassist, guitarist, and song writer. But to many,…

The Music Book: By Dave O’Leary

The Music Book By Dave O’Leary (Booktrope) Twenty years later, novelist Dave O’Leary strives to give us a real life update to Cameron Crowe’s grunge-era epic ‘Singles’ by setting his semi-autobiographical tale, “The Music Book,” in present day Seattle and…

Welcome to Braggsville: By T. Geronimo Johnsons

Welcome to Braggsville By T. Geronimo Johnson’s (William Morrow) T. Geronimo Johnson’s first novel, “Hold It ‘Til It Hurts,” was a finalist for the 2013 PEN/Faulkner Award for fiction and earned the author a slew of fans among book critics….