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Nov 29, 2013 3:02pm
THE HIDDEN HISTORY OF THE JFK ASSASSINATIONBy Lamar Waldron (Counterpoint, Published Nov. 22)The...
<p>Congresswoman Dina Titus, her book Bombs in the Backyard, and Atomic Liquors co-owner Derek Stonebarger.</p>


Updated: Nov 27, 2013 4:07pm
More than 25 years ago, a young UNLV academic wrote what has become an important book on...


Nov 06, 2013 4:52pm
If Bob Forrest were a fictional character, he’d be a beautiful loser: a drug-and-booze...
<p>In a book festival pre-event, Las Vegas writers, edited by panel moderator and former CityLife editor Scott Dickensheets, talk about books and writing on Thursday, Oct. 24. The nine writers contributed to an anthology looking at the many meanings of &amp;#8220;progress&amp;#8221; in a city that embodies it. This year&amp;#8217;s volume features writers Aurora Brackett, Henry Brean, Geoff Carter, Abigail Goldman, John Katsilometes, Rena Mason, Kris Saknussemm, Sarah Jane Woodall and Douglas Unger.</p>


Oct 31, 2013 7:48am
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Review: ‘How Literature Saved My Life’ finds its author desperate to escape his numbness

Mar 20, 2013 6:11pm
After I got over my irritation with David Shields’ new meditation/memoir, How Literature Saved My Life, I discovered that he’d written a very sad, very lonely book. Shields seems to see himself as...

Review: ‘Going Clear’ offers harrowing look at Church of Scientology

Updated: Mar 13, 2013 3:53pm
In No Man Knows My History, Fawn Brodie’s excellent biography of Joseph Smith, founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she observes that Smith’s boundless imagination would have...

Author Cory Doctorow on teen imagination, paranoia and writing

Feb 27, 2013 5:47pm
In Cory Doctorow’s novels for young adults, teenage “techno-ninjas” do battle with the powers that be, often represented by the Department of Homeland Security. Little Brother (2008) depicted a...

Four random tidbits from the new book ‘Showgirls of Las Vegas’

Feb 20, 2013 5:33pm
• Dancing girls arrived on the Strip with the El Rancho Vegas, the very first hotel: “These proto-showgirls spent mere minutes on stage, and with contracts lasting only two weeks, they appeared to be...

Review: ‘Law &amp; Order’ creator Dick Wolf trips up on first novel

Jan 30, 2013 4:55pm
It’s highly unusual for a novel to have a cast of guest stars — usually, readers are simply treated to a host of normal (if fictional) people going about their lives. However, in Dick Wolf’s...

Review: George Saunders shows his mastery of the short story

Updated: Jan 24, 2013 3:00pm
Strange things happen in the jungle. George Saunders entered a devotee of Ernest Hemingway. He left a fan of Kurt Vonnegut.The late ironist/fabulist does not immediately come to mind when you read...

Review: Nick Tosches’ new vampire novel is ruined by misogyny and empty shock

Jan 09, 2013 5:30pm
Nick Tosches is a very fine journalist. His biography of the boxer Sonny Liston, The Devil and Sonny Liston, has lived on my bookcase for years, and I’ve returned to it over and over again as a kind...

A few minutes with writer and Found magazine honcho Davy Rothbart

Jan 02, 2013 5:48pm
When Davy Rothbart applied for a job at National Public Radio’s This American Life program, he was honest about his previous job experience: pizza delivery guy, ticket scalper, marijuana salesman....

Damn good reads: Our critics pick their faves from 2012

Dec 26, 2012 5:40pm
PANORAMA CITY, BY ANTOINE WILSONAfter the death of his father, Oppen Porter is forced out of the pastoral hometown where everyone knows him and the air smells of roasting almonds and fermenting...

Trash Fiction Corner: ‘The Forgotten’

Dec 19, 2012 3:59pm
BOOK: The Forgotten, by David BaldacciSTATUS: As of this writing, No. 4 on the New York Times’ combined e-book and print best-seller listPLOT: Joe Puller, a top Army investigator, is drawn to...