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Book Review: The Boys Are Back

Book Review: The Boys Are Back

Growing up a sports-obsessed teen in the early 1980s, I have distinct memories of the Dunbar basketball team. I never saw them play in person, but I read dozens of stories about them (Baltimore had three daily papers back then, and I read each sports section cover to cover) and watched them on the news. […]

Book Review: Dad Is Fat

Book Review: Dad Is Fat

I have been horrible at keeping up with these. I’m going to try and catch up on the last nine months or so of reading. When I used to have satellite radio, I ended up using the function that alerted you when your favorite artist was playing mainly for comedians. Near the top of that […]

Book Review: In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash

Book Review: In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash

Like many others, we watch “A Christmas Story” each year on Christmas. I find it fascinating how I can turn it off at one point during the 24-hour marathon on TBS, then turn on the TV at the exact same point the next day. But enough about the cosmic workings of holiday television. Watching the […]

Book Review: One Last Thing Before I Go

Book Review: One Last Thing Before I Go

I expected to spend today in a delightful state as I prepared to go listen to Jonathan Tropper speak in Harrisburg after work. The acclaimed novelist has an appearance there tonight. I can’t make it (and have a good excuse – I am in a play tonight), but the reminder on my calendar of his […]

Book Review: Peep Show

Book Review: Peep Show

I hesitated before picking up a copy of Joshua Braff’s novel “Peep Show.” On one hand, I didn’t really like his first book. On the other hand, I had two books in my hand for my daughter and Braff’s book had a “Buy Two, Get One Free” sticker on it. Sold, American. In the end, I’m […]

Book Review: The Fine Art of Mixing Girls

Book Review: The Fine Art of Mixing Girls

You need a lot of skill to write a book. You need to come up with a good idea, plan it out and use your command of language to make that story come alive. When everything comes together, the end result can really change the way you look at things. Jack Newcastle’s “The Fine Art of Mixing […]

Book Review: How I Became a Famous Novelist

Book Review: How I Became a Famous Novelist

I had pretty high hopes when I picked up “How I Became a Famous Novelist.” First of all, the fake best-seller list on the back cover showed that the author had a keen eye for the absurdity of mass market publishing. Secondly, Steve Hely, the author, has a strong Hollywood resume, writing previously for David […]

Book Review: Candy Everybody Wants

Book Review: Candy Everybody Wants

Even though I know better, I am putty in the hands of book marketers sometimes. “Candy Everybody Wants” by Josh Kilmer-Purcell stands as a perfect example. All the marketing department had to do was create a colorful, eye-catching cover and use the title to hearken back to a 10,000 Maniacs song – Michael Stipe sings […]

Book Review: Eating the Dinosaur

Book Review: Eating the Dinosaur

I came to know Chuck Klosterman through his appearances on The B.S. Report, a podcast by ESPN columnist Bill Simmons. I might have read some e-mail exchanges between the two before I heard the first podcast, but I definitely first experienced the mind of Chuck through The Sports Guy. Over the past four or five […]

Book Review: Page from a Tennessee Journal

Book Review: Page from a Tennessee Journal

I added a new folder to my Kindle a few months ago. I named it “Started and Hated.” So far I have moved two books in there, too stubborn to delete them, but eager to get them out of my main collection. “Page from a Tennessee Journal” almost ended up in that new folder. Something […]