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N-town reviews
  • Book review: The Nazi Officer’s Wife retells gripping events

    by Amber Hodge Book: The Nazi Officer’s Wife: How one Jewish Woman Survived the Holocaust (1999, William Morrow and Company) Author: Edith Hahn Beer with Susan Dworkin Why you should read: “The Nazi Officer’s Wife” offers yet another ...

    June 13, 2014

  • Music review: Hard Garden offers fearless take on blues

    Musician: Hard Garden Album name: Blue Yonder Why you should listen: Hard Garden is all about plowing old ground and delivering a fearless new harvest of modern American blues. The band is Seattle trio, vocalist/ guitarist Son Jack Jr., ...

    June 13, 2014

  • Book review: Reconstructing Amelia brings exciting literary thriller

    by Amber Hodge Book: Reconstructing Amelia (2013, HarperCollins) Author: Kimberly McCreight Why you should read: McCreight’s debut novel tells the story of a young girl’s mysterious suicide, and a distraught mother who’ll stop at nothing ...

    June 13, 2014

  • Music review: Johnny Cox plays note-bending guitar in newest CD

    by Doug Hill Musician: Johnny Cox Album name: Thin Blue line Why you should listen: Johnny Cox follows in the long line of UK residents who’ve developed a love for American blues music. His first album “Thin Blue Line” is both a welcome ...

    June 13, 2014

  • Music review: Jim Suhler serves up the South in Panther Burn

    Musician: Jim Suhler Album name: Panther Burn Why you should listen: In addition to being a whiskey brand and small Mississippi town, Panther Burn is now title for a memorable blues album. Jim Suhler may be best known for being a member of ...

    May 9, 2014

  • Music review: The Halley Devestern Band delivers a smashing blues album

    Musician: The Halley Devestern Band Album name: Fabbo! Boffo! Smasho! Why you should listen: The Halley Devestern Band has been dubbed the number one blues band in New York City. That’s some big britches to fill but their new super hero ...

    May 9, 2014

  • Book review: Kidd delivers thought-provoking novel on slavery

    by Amber Hodge Book: The Invention of Wings (2014, Viking) Author: Sue Monk Kidd Why you should read: Kidd might be known for her worldwide hit “The Secret Life of Bees,” which released in 2002 and spent more than two years on the NY Times ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Book review: Philomena a sad, worthwhile read

    by Amber Hodge Book: The Lost Child of Philomena Lee (2009, Macmillan) Author: Martin Sixsmith Why you should read: Originally published in 2009, “Philomena” tells the true story of Michael Hess, who was a lawyer, and later deputy chief ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Music review: Johnny Drummer brings spark, swagger

    Musician: Johnny Drummer Album name: Bad Attitude Why you should listen: It’s probably reason enough to spin this record that producer Michael Frank wrote a thousand word introduction for the liner notes. The man who founded Earwig Music ...

    April 11, 2014

  • Music review: Helen Kelter Skelter offers psychedelic gem

    Musician: Helen Kelter Skelter Album name: Self-titled Why you should listen: Helen Kelter Skelter is a Norman band comprised of Eli Wimmer, Cody Clifton, Nathan Harwell, Jay Jamison and Tim Gregory. Their band’s name is a tongue twisting ...

    April 11, 2014