In the vein of Jonathan Lethem, Chuck Palahniuk and Don DeLillo, author Paul Auster combines rich metaphors and cinematic prose to tell an extraordinary story of love, loss and the possibility of redemption in his new novel, "The Brooklyn Follies" (Henry Holt and Co., $24).
Bassist Charlie Haden collaborates with Liberation Music Orchestra leader and pianist Carla Bley in a musically outspoken opposition to the Bush administration and its policies.
As angry as they may be, these tracks as instrumentals don't deliver their message as they would have with some added vocals.
In our fast-paced world it's easy to lose sight of what really matters. The winter holidays are a prime example. Though anxiously anticipated as a time to celebrate and reconnect with family and friends, the stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas is often a blur of activity bordering on frenzy.
Technically, it would be wrong to label soul-blues singer Barbara Morrison a throwback to the days of Dinah Washington, Helen Humes and the Ettas — Jones and James — because their times have overlapped.
Today, however, Morrison remains the most active due to death and infrequent work of the others.
In 1905, Seema Weatherwax was born to radical Jewish intellectuals in Czarist-ruled Chernigov, Ukraine. Her 100 years of life have spanned continents, the history of modern photography and decades of social change.
Part biography, part oral history, "Seema's Show: A Life on the Left" (University of New Mexico Press paperback, $19.95), by Portland author Sara Halprin
Pianist-composer-arranger Ezra Weiss lived in Portland for a short spell about a year or two ago, gained respect of the local cats and moved back to New York.
This record's music has its storyline rooted in Greek mythology. When Hades abducted Demeter's daughter, the earth was plunged into darkness and icy coldness.
Thirty-year-old Nikki Chase, the only Black professor in Harvard's economics department, has gone from racing along the fast track to tenure to dangling on the precipice of termination. The problem is her penchant for amateur sleuthing.
During the past few months, she has helped solve two murders: one involving a colleague at Harvard . . .