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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
Music review: Starlings, TN create music reflective of the South
Musician: Starlings, TN Album name: All the Good Times (2013, Chicken Ranch Records) Why you should listen: Hipster hayseed quartet Starlings, TN are unmistakably sons of the South. Based in Austin, their band’s name is pronounced ...
Book review: Orange is the New Black is a true, compelling and entertaining read
Book: Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison (2011, Spiegel & Grau) Author: Piper Kerman Why you should read: Freelance producer Piper Kerman didn’t have the look of a criminal, living in New York City with her boyfriend, ...
Music review: Kim Lenz brings mesmerizing vocals to CD
by Doug Hill Musician: Kim Lenz and The Jaguars Album name: Follow Me (2013, Riley Records) Why you should listen: Kim Lenz has an adorable quality in her voice that’s mesmerizing. This entire review could be about the magnetic attraction ...
Music review: Chris James and Patrick Rynn release rollicking CD
Musician: Chris James and Patrick Rynn Album name: Barrelhouse Stomp (2013, Earwig Music Co.) Why you should listen: This is rollicking music that lives up to the album title. The San Diego duo consisting of vocalist Chris James and ...
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