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Dallas 1963 By Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis Twelve: Hatchett Brook Group, 2013. $28, 372 pps.

Dark Dallas

Back in 1963, Kennedy was a wanted man by the de facto white supremacists who ran the city.
MARGARET ALLYSON
This is not a book about the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In fact that event and its aftermath are detailed only in the epilogue. Instead, Dallas 1963 is a fascinating study of the political climate in the city i...


The hero of Buzzkill, an anonymous übermensch, derives his superpowers from drugs and alcohol.

Buzzkill: Up, Up, and Away

A new comic tackles addiction and power.
COLE WILLIAMS
There have been as many takes on the superhero genre as there are members of the X-Men. The artform has been deconstructed, reconstructed, and outright parodied. But there’s never been a superhero who gains his powers from do...



Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson by Jeff Guinn. Simon & Schuster, 497 pps., $27.50

Charlie Brown

With his new book, Fort Worth’s Jeff Guinn brings Charles Manson back down to size.
JIMMY FOWLER
Most people who are even a little familiar with 1960s murder guru Charles Manson know that his apocalyptic worldview was inspired by the New Testament’s book of Revelation and The Beatles’ lyrically cryptic White Album. Few...


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Let the Sunshine In

A new Ann Richards biography paints a compelling portrait.
MARGARET ALLYSON
Before there was Wendy Davis, there was Ann Richards. With her political savvy, big smart mouth, and, yes, her trademark “closer to God” silver bouffant ’do, Richards is one of only two women ever elected governor of Texa...



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Laying Down Their Lives

Written in Blood tells the stories of local lawmen at the turn of a different century.
EDWARD BROWN
Plot twists, murder, and suspense aren’t the territory of fiction alone. Written in Blood: The History of Fort Worth’s Fallen Lawmen, Volume 2 is a vivid recounting of a pivotal Fort Worth era, told through the stories of 1...


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The Booze Book

Bootleggers, bathtub gin, and blind tigers form the heart of new volume on Prohibition in North Texas.
EDWARD BROWN
Book lovers know the dilemma: Should their next selection be educational or entertaining? With Rita Cook and Jeffrey Yarbrough’s new tome, they don’t have to choose. In the pages of Prohibition in Dallas and Fort Worth: Bli...



The Street: A Journey into Homelessness by B.J. Lacasse; TCU Press; $29.95; 103 pps.

The Street: Hard Hitting

In her new photo book, B.J. Lacasse humanizes homelessness.
EDWARD BROWN
There’s absolutely nothing glamorous or sexy about documenting homelessness, and that’s the point of B.J. Lacasse’s new book, The Street: A Journey into Homelessness. The Fort Worth photographer brings more than 30 years ...


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A Texas Jubilee

Fort Worth author James Ward Lee celebrates the good/bad ol’ days.
EDWARD BROWN
The fictionalized North Texas town of Bodark Springs comes to life in James Ward Lee’s most recent book, A Texas Jubilee, reminding readers that few things in life are as pleasurable as well written folklore. Fort Worthian Le...



The 12th in Caine’s Morganville Vampires series is interesting but could have been richer.

Black Dawn Fades

Fort Worth author Rachel Caine’s Morganville Vampires series draugs on.
ALEX TYLER
At a time when vampires have become their own little entertainment industry, paranormal creators have to work hard to distinguish their work from all of the ripoffs of Twilight, True Blood, and The Vampire Diaries already out t...


Looking spry for a 200-year-old man: Charles Dickens.

Happy 200th, Charles Dickens

Kristian Lin
This past week marked 200 years since the birth of Charles Dickens, and there were celebrations all over England. Some people, like the Archbishop of Canterbury, praised Dickens’ skill at caricature, while others hailed h...