The keynote makes for an ideal end to the book.
Springsteen on Springsteen: Interviews, Speeches and Encounters (Chicago Review Press; 432 pages, softcover; $27.95) isn’t a typical biography or autobiography. Although it tells the story of the singer-songwriter primarily through words from his own mouth, it’s not a straight-ahead, linear account of his life’s work. Rather, it’s a collection of interviews, speeches and encounters over the course of The Boss’ career, which makes for a textured read featuring attitudes garnered from different periods and historical contexts that affect the meanings of each excerpt.
All the chapters have some kind of visual aid to support the stories.
“Who knew it was a riot that prompted politicians to make Syracuse the city it is today?” asks Neil MacMillan. His new book, Wicked Syracuse: A History of Sin in the Salt City (The History Press; 144 pages; paperback, $16.50), reports some of the lesser-known facts about crime in the city.
Pashley’s stories follow the worst aspects of a character’s life
"Bad decisions make good stories,” says Jennifer Pashley.
It’s commonly said that reading has the power to take you anywhere, but books with a strong sense of place take that to a whole new level. Part of Baldwinsville librarian Holly Nichols’ reason for giving away copies of J.R. Moehringer’s The Tender Bar for World Book Night (which I wrote about here) was the […]
It’s commonly said that reading has the power to take you anywhere, but books with a strong sense of place take that to a whole new level. Part of Baldwinsville librarian Holly Nichols’ reason for giving away copies of J.R. Moehringer’s The Tender Bar for World Book Night (which I wrote about here) was the memoir’s New York setting.
A new book published by Syracuse University Press gives us a fuller picture of Jackie Robinson
Jackie Robinson is a true American hero. No one can honestly argue otherwise. In Syracuse, we might even call him a local hero if we were willing to stretch the meaning a bit: The Montreal Royals, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ minor-league affiliate with whom Robinson broke the professional color line, played in Syracuse against the Chiefs during his tenure with the team. The Royals eventually moved to Syracuse, becoming the current incarnation of the Chiefs in 1961.
International Writers Week at Hamilton College
Hamilton College is currently hosting an International Writers Week through Saturday, March 2, with an international book fair, panel discussions and readings with literary guests from around the globe.
It’s not a unique story – but it is, indeed, uniquely American.
Syracuse native Bill Rezak is the first to admit that his family’s history might not be exactly novel. But that certainly doesn’t mean it’s not worth telling.
Rochester-based poet Thom Ward delivers a line from his most recent poetry collection
Rochester-based poet Thom Ward delivers a line from his most recent poetry collection, Etcetera’s Mistress (Accents Publishing, 2011), in a deep, crisp deadpan baritone that gives weight to every syllable he delivers. “My accountant and shrink share the same office building. Can I deduct my depression?” He pauses for a second, letting the line sink in, then lets out a billowing laugh. “In my work, I like to balance gravitas and levity,” he says shortly afterward.
In Spiral, the first novel by Paul McEuen the scientific details are plenty.
Avid readers would expect a thriller set at Cornell University, in which three of the main characters are science professors, to be heavy on technical minutiae. In Spiral (The Dial Press, New York City; 320 pages; $25/hardcover), the first novel by Paul McEuen—himself Goldwin Smith professor of physics at Cornell—the scientific details are plenty and, in McEuen’s capable hands, completely believable.