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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 ...
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., ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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