Entries by Wes Yahola

Life by Keith Richards

Posted on November 13, 2012 As lead guitarist of the Rolling Stones, Keith Richards created the riffs, the lyrics, and the songs that roused the world. A true and towering original, he has always walked his own path, spoken his mind, and done things his own way. Now at last Richards pauses to tell his […]

“Freedom” A Novel by Jonathan Franzen

Posted on November 13, 2012 Amazon Best of the Month, August 2010: “The awful thing about life is this:” says Octave to the Marquis in Renoir’s Rules of the Game. “Everyone has his reasons.” That could be a motto for novelists as well, few more so than Jonathan Franzen, who seems less concerned with creating […]

Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

Posted on November 13, 2012 Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets […]

Super Sad True Love Story” by Gary Shteyngart

Posted on November 13, 2012 Gary Shteyngart’s wonderful new novel, “Super Sad True Love Story,” is a supersad, superfunny, superaffecting performance — a book that not only showcases the ebullient satiric gifts he demonstrated in his entertaining 2002 debut, “The Russian Debutante’s Handbook,” but that also uncovers his abilities to write deeply and movingly about love and […]

The Imperfectionists By Tom Rachman

Posted on November 13, 2012 The Imperfectionists is flat-out one of the most enjoyable debut books I’ve read. This book has it all: writing that’s so brilliant and astute that it’s hard to believe this is Mr. Rachman’s freshman effort, highly original and authentic characters, and a very timely theme: the demise of the printed […]

Role Models by John Waters

Posted on November 13, 2012 In the 1960s, John Waters was an admirer of a lesbian stripper in Baltimore named Lady Zorro. “She just came out nude and snarled at her fans, ‘What the fuck are you looking at?’ To this day,” Waters writes in his splendid new book, “Zorro is my inspiration.” This kind […]

Sh*t My Dad Says by Justin Halpren

Posted on November 13, 2012 It’s profane. It’s crass. It’s very funny. And it’s absent any semblance of political correctness, which in this day and age of having PC rammed down our throats, is quite refreshing. About anyone who reads this – and can look beyond the pervasive profanity – is likely to develop an […]


Posted on November 13, 2012 The Boozy Biography of the Four Greatest Actors to Ever Walk–Or Stagger–Into a Pub. Richard Burton, Richard Harris, Peter O’Toole, and Oliver Reed: On screen they were stars. Off screen they were legends! Hellraisers is the story of drunken binges of near biblical proportions, parties and orgies, broken marriages, riots, […]


Posted on November 13, 2012 This is the one we’ve been talking about. Everyone’s talking about it. Five bucks on Amazon.com A pocket compendium of food wisdom-from the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food Michael Pollan, our nation’s most trusted resource for food-related issues, offers this indispensible guide for anyone concerned […]


Posted on November 13, 2012 He was one of a kind.  The writer that Truman Capote called ‘mad’, as in crazy. In a good way. We talked to Barry about a year ago after the great article about him in GARDEN & GUN magazine, and mourn his passing last week in Oxford. “AIRSHIPS”, “HIGH LONESOME”, […]