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Ex-literary agency aide makes nonfiction debut with ‘Salinger Year’

'My Salinger Year' by Joanna Rakoff

“My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff. Knopf, 2014. $25.95. Joanna Rakoff’s nonfiction debut chronicles her year spent as the assistant to the head of a literary agency in Manhattan in the late 1990s. The agency’s most important client? J.D. Salinger, hence the title. A bright and eager 20-something,… Continue reading →

La. native’s first novel has little bit of everything

'The Saints of Lost Things

“The Saints of Lost Things: A Novel” by C.H. Lawler. CreateSpace, 2014. $19.99. Love blooms as Hurricane Betsy sloshed ashore in Louisiana in 1965, and Louisiana native C.H. Lawler’s first novel takes Sammy Teague and Betsy Duplechain through a gauntlet of history, of class, of race and even a little bit of the… Continue reading →

Edie Spence dives into darkness in series finale

“Bloodshifted” by Cassie Alexander. St. Martin’s, 2014. $7.99. Edie Spence is back and is going somewhere she never dreamed she would — straight into vampire territory. In order to save her baby and herself, Edie travels down into the catacombs of a vampire nightclub. She made a deal with a vampire… Continue reading →

Dr. Seuss collection gives a tip of the hat to famed children's author's inspiration

Photo provided by Lyn Hughes -- In honor of the 75th anniversary of Dr. Seusss second book, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, a special Hats Off to Dr. Seuss!Exhibition has been mounted that combines these two secret collections. Audrey S. Geisel, the widow of Dr. Seuss, has generously opened up the Estates legendary hat closet to allow the public a peek at Dr. Seusss hat collection.

The sun did not shine. it was too wet to play. so we sat in the house all that cold, cold, wet day. In the classic children’s book, “The Cat in the Hat,” a pair of bored kids are entertained, and then alarmed, by the sudden arrival of a mischievous cat. The talking prankster famously… Continue reading →

‘Fire on the Bayou’ more than just a romance novel

'Fire on the Bayou' by M.A. Harper

“Fire on the Bayou” by M.A. Harper. booksBnimble, 2014. $2.99. Don’t let the cover of the book fool you; New Orleans author M.A. Harper’s newest novel, “Fire on the Bayou,” is a romantic story, but it is much more than a traditional bodice-ripper romance. A prequel to… Continue reading →

Josephine Bonaparte essential in Napoleon rise

'Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte

“Ambition and Desire: The Dangerous Life of Josephine Bonaparte” by Kate Williams. Ballentine, 2014. $30. Napoleon and Josephine’s tangled, messy, power-rich romance has long been the stuff of soap operas. Kate Williams sharpens Josephine into a crafty political player, a master manipulator as essential to Napoleon’s… Continue reading →

Richard Ford’s long-running hero Frank Bascombe returns

The cover of Richard Ford's new book,

Few characters in American literature have proven as durable or as interesting as Richard Ford’s long-running hero, Frank Bascombe. When we first met Frank in “The Sportswriter,” published in 1986, he was enjoying that occupation that Ford took to be one of the happiest jobs a man could have. In Ford’s 1995 Pulitzer Prize winner, “Independence Day,” and… Continue reading →

Manning’s ‘Batman’ details crusader’s development

'Batman: A Visual History' by Matthew K. Manning

“Batman: A Visual History” by Matthew K. Manning. DK Publishing, 2014. $50. Batman fans, rejoice! The visual history of the caped crusader is here! A foreword by Frank Miller, “The Dark Knight Returns,” is a fitting opening for a book that takes you from Batman’s humble beginning… Continue reading →

Book Events for Dec. 14, 2014

Book events HONEYKY HANUKAH STORYTIME: 11 a.m., Barnes & Noble Perkins Rowe, 10156 Perkins Rowe, Suite 150. A fun-filled story celebrating Hanukah with an accompanying CD. ANNUAL HOLIDAY FAMILY STORYTIME: 7 p.m., Jones Creek Regional Library, 6222 Jones Creek Road. Christmas books, stories songs… Continue reading →

Book examines how Russell Long blazed his own ‘Life in Politics’

'Russell Long: A Life in Politics' by Michael Martin

“Russell Long: A Life in Politics” by Michael S. Martin. University Press of Mississippi, 2014. $35. This is a thoroughly researched book that is a great combination of political history and biography of the son of Huey P. Long. Born into Louisiana’s most influential political family,… Continue reading →

New Orleans area book events for Dec. 7, 2014

FILE - This 2012 photo released by Alfred A. Knopf shows author Toni Morrison. The Nobel laureate Morrison has a new novel coming next spring. God Help the Child will be released April 30, 2015, publisher Alfred A. Knopf announced Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. (AP Photo/Alfred A. Knopf, File)

Book events “THIS IS A BOOK FOR PARENTS OF GAY KIDS”: 7 p.m., Central St. Matthew United Church of Christ, 1333 S. Carrollton Ave. Dannielle Owens-Reid and Kristin Russo discuss their resource books for parents. Octavia Books will be on hand for copies. (504)… Continue reading →

Books, films course set in Lafayette

The Friends of the Humanities in Lafayette is hosting a books and films course, “From Kate Chopin to ‘Swamp People’: Louisiana in Literature and Film” with Mary Ann Wilson. Short stories by Kate Chopin, Lyle Saxon’s “Children of Strangers,” “Little Altars Everywhere” by Rebecca Wells and selections from “Swamp People,” “True Blood” and “True Detective” are… Continue reading →

Cold realities: ‘Ice Garden’ offers story of damaged woman through daughter’s voice

'The Ice Garden' by Moira Crane

“The Ice Garden” by Moira Crone. Carolina Wren Press, 2014. $18.95. Fayton is the kind of sleepy little Carolina town where not much seems to happen. For 10-year-old Claire, the biggest thing to ever occur in her young life is the arrival of her baby sister, Sweetie. When… Continue reading →

‘Great Pirate Christmas Battle’ fun tale for holiday

'The Great Pirate Christmas Battle' by Michael G. Lewis

“The Great Pirate Christmas Battle” by Michael G. Lewis. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $16.99. Cap’n McNasty and his crew, bored with stealing gold and other treasures, decide one night to steal Christmas presents from sleeping children. However, things get interesting when they get an unexpected surprise from… Continue reading →

‘Down the Crossroads’ tells how ’66 march led to voting power

?Down to the Crossroads. Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear? by Aram Goudsouzian

“Down to the Crossroads. Civil Rights, Black Power and the Meredith March Against Fear” by Aram Goudsouzian. Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux Publishers, 2014. $30. In 1962. James Meredith became the first African-American to register at the University of Mississippi. Four years later, he set out to march from Memphis, Tennessee,… Continue reading →

‘Flings’ shares short stories of romance

“Flings: Stories” by Justin Taylor. Harper Collins, 2014. $23.99. Justin Taylor’s book, “Flings,” is a collection of short stories that center on the many types of relationships that we have during our lives. Taylor focuses primarily on romantic stories and the ways they define and change us over time.… Continue reading →

Not always pretty ‘Ugly Renaissance’ shows a different side

?The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty? by Alexander Lee

“The Ugly Renaissance: Sex, Greed, Violence and Depravity in an Age of Beauty” by Alexander Lee. Doubleday, 2014. $30. The Italian Renaissance is generally regarded as “a time in which heroically talented artists revived the culture of antiquity to create both cities and societies that were themselves works of art.”… Continue reading →

‘Empire of Sin’ a masterful story set in Storyville

“Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder and the Battle for Modern New Orleans” by Gary Krist. Crown, 2014. $26. New Orleans history is rich ground for authors. Not only is it lengthy, but there’s things like Storyville, jazz and lurid… Continue reading →

Vampire author Anne Rice’s devotees flock to Halloween ball

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Anne Rice's Vampire Lestat Fan Club presented the

Lestat is back, and so is author Anne Rice, his creator. After an absence of a decade, the Vampire Lestat makes an appearance in Rice’s newest novel, “Prince Lestat,” fueling passions of his devotees worldwide. New Orleans will host many of them Friday night, when they make their annual pilgrimage to the city for the Continue reading →

Three years later, New Year’s resolution is a vampire-centric bestseller

Author Alys Arden

It started as a New Year’s resolution. New Orleans native and University of New Orleans graduate Alys Arden never thought her debut novel, “The Casquette Girls,” would become an Amazon bestseller, have over 1 million online reads or earn her comparisons to Anne Rice and Poppy Z. Brite. Continue reading →

Stripping away the myth: Author shows real ‘Killer’ Jerry Lee Lewis

'Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story

Jerry Lee Lewis picked up the nickname Killer as a boy, sent to the principal’s office for fighting his teacher. He spent a lifetime more or less living up to the name, as Rick Bragg shows in “Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story.” The legends of violence around the rockin’ piano man from Concordia Parish aren’t… Continue reading →

Reader becomes judge of ‘Ghostly Evidence’

'Ghostly Evidence' by Kelly Milner Halls

“Ghostly Evidence: Exploring the Paranormal” by Kelly Milner Halls. Millbrook, 2014. $20.95. Do you know the definition of the word ghost? What is a shadow figure, a spirit orb or a ghostly mist? How about a residual image? In “Ghostly Evidence,” Halls tells us the difference… Continue reading →

Remembering the sights and sounds of Mid-City

If he thinks about it hard enough, Ronald Fisher can still remember how the best roast beef po-boy in the world smells. “First of all, it was the Creole mustard,” Fisher says, laughing about how he’d clutch the paper bag close to him during his walk home from the Triangle in Mid-City. “I would hold my nose… Continue reading →

New Orleans author leads readers on ‘The Last Great Walk’

Photo provided by Wayne Curtis --

Author Wayne Curtis takes a seat, facing me with his back to the tall windows of his Uptown home. I can see outside, where I note a steady stream of walkers on the street. Curtis has returned a few days earlier from his annual trip to Maine, where he spends four months “at the edge of nowhere”… Continue reading →

N.O. voices captured well in characters’ stories

'You Don't Know Me' by James Nolan

“You Don’t Know Me: New & Selected Stories” by James Nolan. University of Louisiana at Lafayette Press, 2014. $20. Anyone who is familiar with New Orleans knows it is home to a population that is soulful, proud, creative and often quirky, to say the least. No… Continue reading →

Take rhyme journey with ‘New Orleans Mother Goose’

New Orleans Mother Goose

“New Orleans Mother Goose” by Ryan Adam. Pelican Publishing, 2014. $17.99. Marita’s Gentry’s gorgeous illustrations make New Orleans jump off the pages in this fun take on various New Orleans themed-nursery rhymes. Ryan Adam takes readers on journeys throughout New Orleans and Louisiana with each rhyme… Continue reading →

‘No Surrender’ for author Hiaasen, or for hero Skink

Photo by Tim Chapman -- Carl Hiaasen

It all started when a writer needed a character who was a hermit. “I was writing about murder and corruption on the professional bass fishing circuit,” said bestselling novelist Carl Hiaasen. “It was territory I pretty much had to myself in the literary world.” And so he created Skink, who first appeared… Continue reading →

An age-old mystery springs to life in ‘The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case’

Photo provided -- University of Maryland history professor Mike Ross

Sometimes the work of a historian resembles old-fashioned detective work, gumshoeing through newspapers and public records, paging through old phone books. That’s certainly how it was for Michael Ross, an assistant professor of the University of Maryland, in writing “The Great New Orleans Kidnapping Case: Race, Law, and Justice in the… Continue reading →