Books & Poetry

‘White Rage’ Is a Seminal Book About the African-American Experience

Author Carol Anderson makes a compelling argument that nothing triggers white rage like black advancement, real or perceived. Read story.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

‘Station Eleven’ Essay Winners

‘Indy’ and the public library hold a writing contest for Santa Barbara Reads. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Akhil Sharma Explores Culture Clashes in ‘A Life of Adventure and Delight’

While the short stories examine Indian and American differences, the real subject is the difficulty of creating and maintaining a successful marriage. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Thi Bui’s Memoir Gives Clear Picture of Vietnamese Experience During War

Author’s illustrated nonfiction explores the faces of the Vietnam War and the frightening responsibilities parents have toward their children. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Martin Puchner’s ‘The Written World’

Author unfolds a mesmerizing story, from the creation of the alphabet and paper to the electronic writing and printing of today. Read story.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Conversation with Zadie Smith

UCSB’s Arts & Lectures presents the award-winning author in conversation with Pico Iyer. Read story.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Lark’s Love Letter to Santa Barbara

Acme Hospitality releases ‘Around the Table,’ a cookbook and much more. Read story.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nate Streeper’s ‘Murder on the Orion Express’

Braille librarian publishes a futuristic murder mystery solved by a deadbeat detective from a backwater planet. Read story.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Gerald Horne’s ‘The Counter-Revolution of 1776’

Author discusses slave resistance and its contribution to the origins of the U.S.A. Read story.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

‘Dog Logic’ Tells of Underground Civilization

Author Tom Strelich’s book is both charmingly podunk and surprisingly worthwhile. Read story.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Julia Child Comes to Life Again

Alex Prud’homme reflects on his great-aunt in ‘France Is a Feast.’ Read story.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Gin Phillips’s ‘Fierce Kingdom’

Literary thriller takes readers on a wild, dark ride. Read story.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Chaz Hutton’s ‘Ideas of Note’

Hilarious life musings in the form of cartoon Post-it-note drawings Read story.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Reviewed | Michael Finkel’s ‘The Stranger in the Woods’

The extraordinary tale of Christopher Knight, who lived alone for 27 years in the Maine woods Read story.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Reviewed | Jessica Bruder’s ‘Nomadland’

Author writes about surviving America in the twenty-first century. Read story.

Thursday, October 19, 2017
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