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New Bukowski, Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country, Gregory Crouch’s The Bonanza King

THE MATHEMATICS OF THE BREATH AND THE WAY. Charles Bukowski. CITY LIGHTS. This new Bukowski just released by City Lights is a real treat, featuring a collection of previously unpublished stories, columns, critical … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Michael Moreci’s The Throw Away

THE THROW AWAY. Michael Moreci. Tom Doherty. A favorite protagonist in spy novels is the “Poor Schlub,” hereinafter referred to as the PS. The PS is some guy who gets … Continue reading

July 11, 2018 · Leave a comment

Snapshots On the Penguin Classics

THE LIFE & ADVENTURES OF JOAQUIN MURIETA. John Rollin Ridge. Foreword by Diana Gabaldon. Penguin Classics. The Life & Adventures of Joaquin Murieta was the very first novel to feature a … Continue reading

June 28, 2018 · Leave a comment

Fifteen Minutes With California Writer Laura Smith

California journalist Laura Smith, who serves as Managing Editor for the San Francisco-based history magazine Timeline.com, has written one of the most intriguing books to hit the shelves in 2018. … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Laura Smith’s The Art of Vanishing Forces You To Question Your Core

THE ART OF VANISHING. A Memoir of Wanderlust. Viking. “The one who comes to question himself cares for mankind.” – Kenneth Patchen Journalist Laura Smith, who serves as Managing Editor at … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

This Scorched Earth Destined To Become A Classic

THIS SCORCHED EARTH: A NOVEL OF THE CIVIL WAR. William Gear. Forge Books. The title of this book is a bit misleading: In the story, the Civil War is a vast … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Vegan Recipes For Every Occasion

350 BEST VEGAN RECIPES. Deb Roussou. Robert Rose Publishers. Even though veteran cookbook author Deb Roussou published this book 6 years ago, it’s still worth spotlighting because of its original … Continue reading

May 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

The Night Dahlia Features R.S. Belcher At His Best

THE NIGHT DAHLIA. R. S. Belcher. Tor Books. Fantasy Noir is an interesting cross-genre. It combines the gritty hyper-realism of Raymond Chandler or Elmore Leonard with the horror and humor … Continue reading

May 3, 2018 · Leave a comment

Dylan’s Nobel Lecture Released In Hardcover

“Well, Frankie Lee, he sat right down And put his fingers to his chin But with the cold eyes of Judas on him His head began to spin Would ya … Continue reading

April 23, 2018 · Leave a comment
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