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  • Music review: JJ Thames brings style, smolder

    Musician: JJ Thames Album name: Tell You What I Know Why you should listen: JJ Thames can tell you a thing or two. The Motown native is from a home where GM paychecks allowed her to study classical and jazz music. Thames’ blues career ...

    February 14, 2014

  • Music review: Aurora Florence combines Broadway, pop

    Musician: Aurora Florence Album name: It’s Wonderful (2013) Why you should listen: Aurora Florence is a New York City-based actress and singer/songwriter with a new album of original songs. Halfway between an LP and EP, there are six ...

    February 14, 2014

  • Music review: Maggie McClure’s newest CD is packed with emotion

    Musician: Maggie McClure Album name: Time Moves On (2013) Why you should listen: Oklahoma native and Los Angeles resident Maggie McClure’s sophomore LP drops early next month. All songs are her originals and from the lyrical content you ...

    January 10, 2014

  • Book review: Mitch Albom’s newest novel warm, familiar

    Book: The First Phone Call from Heaven (2013, HarperCollins Publishers) Author: Mitch Albom Why you should read: If there is one thing Mitch Albom knows how to do, it’s getting to the hearts of his readers. The author of many successful ...

    January 10, 2014

  • Book review: Amy Tan delivers a masterpiece with newest novel

    Book: The Valley of Amazement (2013, Ecco/HarperCollins Publishers) Author: Amy Tan Why you should read: According the author, “The Valley of Amazement” took eight years to write, which brings truth to the saying, “slow and steady wins the ...

    January 10, 2014

  • Book review: The Goldfinch brings Dickensian flair

    Book: The Goldfinch (2013, Little, Brown and Company) Author: Donna Tartt Why you should read: Tartt’s newest work is a most-anticipated creation for fans of her previous two novels, “The Secret History” and “The Little Friend.” Since ...

    December 13, 2013

  • Music review: Trentalange newest CD is hauntingly beautiful

    Musician: Trentalange Album name: Same Illusion (2013) Why you should listen: Vocalist Barbara Trentalange is an unusual artist in several respects. She’s the only musician in recollection with a full professional resume that has virtually ...

    December 13, 2013

  • Book review: Elizabeth Smart’s autobiography is chilling, inspiring

    Book: My Story (2013, St. Martin’s Press) Author: Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart Why you should read: Eleven years after her horrific and historic kidnapping that rocked the news and public, Elizabeth Smart has released a detailed account ...

    December 13, 2013

  • Music review: Mount Pressmore is a listening delight

    Musician: Mount Pressmore Album name: Enjoy (2013) Why You Should Listen: Mount Pressmore is admirable for the height of its musicianship. This quintet stands tall in terms of influences, technical capability and sheer listening delight. ...

    December 13, 2013

  • Book review: W is for Wasted feeds demands

    Book: W is for Wasted (2013, Penguin Group) Author: Sue Grafton Why you should read: Author Sue Grafton is certainly no stranger to the limelight. Her flair for mystery has made her an international bestseller, and her readership spans ...

    November 7, 2013