Category: Book reviews

A Life… Well, Lived: By Ray Wylie Hubbard with Thom Jurek

A Life… Well, Lived By Ray Wylie Hubbard with Thom Jurek (Bordello Records) Outlaw Country mainstay Ray Wylie Hubbard has managed to make a career out swimming against the current and not really giving a fuck about what’s best for…

OK the Snail: By Angie Heaton

OK the Snail By Angie Heaton (Self-Released) It’s not often we review children’s books at Innocent Words, but when we do, it has a music-related backstory. Angie Heaton has been a major fixture in the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois music scene for…

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender By Chrissie Hynde

Reckless: My Life as a Pretender By Chrissie Hynde (Doubleday) In her much-anticipated bio, the Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde gives a remarkably frank look into her life growing up as a teen and early 20-something in her native Dayton, Ohio…

Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt By Kristin Hersh

Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chesnutt By Kristin Hersh (University of Texas Press) It’s easier to describe what this book isn’t rather than what it is. “Don’t Suck, Don’t Die: Giving Up Vic Chestnutt” is not a memoir…

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…

Anger is an Energy – My Life Uncensored By John Lydon

Anger is an Energy – My Life Uncensored By John Lydon (Dey Street) If you were looking forward to an apologetic confessional from John Lydon/Johnny Rotten in his second book, then you clearly have never seen or read a Lydon…