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“Trouble Brewing:” A Rom-Com Just in Time for Oktoberfest

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Grab a chilled beer and dust off your lederhosen: it’s Oktoberfest. Not all beer enthusiasts can jet to Germany to join in the true revels of the celebration, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get in the spirit other ways! Beer in books? Yes! Even as a self-proclaimed wine person, I couldn’t help but carried away with Trouble Brewing (Gallery Books). Suzanne Baltsar’s contemporary romance is as much of a love story as it is an endearing (yet open-eyed) look at the beer industry, for all of its allure, stigma and structural faults.  The two protagonists, Piper Williams and Blake Reed, each have a passion for the beer industry, but have many  pressures, societal and personal, that try to cut their…

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Tall Poppies Review: Sometimes ‘Little Broken Things’ Have a Big Impact…

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  Tender descriptions of Minnesota lake picnics, boathouse romances and childhood memories cloak simmering shame and mysterious motives in this slow unraveling of community secrets, Little Broken Things, from author Nicole Baart. When Quinn’s sister Nora brings a troubled child to the door of her small cottage, telling her not to tell anyone — even their mother and brother who live nearby–the questions burn and linger, and the answers don’t come easily. Whose child is she? Who are they protecting her from? Which male figures can be trusted and which cannot? With Nora skittish about unknown forces, and Quinn forced to hold down the fort with a child who is a virtual stranger, the sisters have to rely more on…

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VMA Week: Photographer Afshin Shahidi Gives BookTrib a ‘Private View’ of Icons Prince, Beyonce in an Exclusive Interview

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  One of my favorite pictures of Prince is the cover photo of Afshin Shahidi’s forthcoming book, Prince: A Private View. One of the reasons I am so enamored of this picture is due to the striking contrast of black and white in Prince’s clothing against the simplistic set— what appears to be a plain hallway. What is even more endearing to me as a 30+ year fan is that Prince, who was of a smaller stature, even in the most ordinary of spaces was ginormous. He was a larger than life figure in life and in his passing his absence has left a chasm that no artist now or in the future will be able to fill.  Through his…

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Review: The Mad Feast is This Year’s Fun and Frantic Cookbook

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Matthew Gavin Frank’s previous book was about the discovery of the giant squid, and he has also written memoirs of working at a marijuana farm and an Italian vineyard. Given that unconventional publishing history and his background—he spent 20 years in the restaurant industry but is also a poet and creative writing teacher—it’s no surprise that his new book about America’s signature foods is no straightforward, one-genre affair. Instead, Frank describes The Mad Feast (Liveright; November 9, 2015) as a “spastic, lyrical anti-cookbook cookbook of sorts that also may be a fun and digressive revisionist take on U.S. history.” Indeed, it is the off-the-wall blend of memoir, travel, history and fiction that makes the book unique. This is the cookbook…

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