Brett Rohlwing

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Year of the Monkey

Fans of Smith’s extensive body of work and those who enjoy well-crafted personal narratives will find much to love in this brief and vibrant book.


Move on Up: Chicago Soul Music and Black Cultural Power

Cohen marries scholarly erudition with sincere musical affection in this intriguing look at Chicago soul.


Elvis in Vegas: How the King Reinvented the Las Vegas Show

For Presley devotees and readers who enjoy entertainment history.


They Bled Blue: Fernandomania, Strike-Season Mayhem, and the Weirdest Championship Baseball Had Ever Seen: The 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers

Despite an over-fondness for footnotes, which can be distracting, this work successfully tells the story of a unique team that won it all in the strangest way. An entertaining work for all reading baseball fans.

K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches

Baseball enthusiasts will devour this well-paced, journalistic read, it may even inspire them to go outside for a little catch.

Rendezvous with Oblivion: Reports from a Sinking Society

Frank's old-school, punching-up liberal style is much welcomed. There is no better introduction to his work than this easily consumed volume suitable for all readers.

Standoff: How America Became Ungovernable

While compelling, this book is slow to tie its various threads together and answer the central question. Overall useful and important, even if it does not quite close in on a clear conclusion. [See Prepub Alert, 12/4/17.]

Twilight of the Gods: A Journey to the End of Classic Rock

Even though the book sprawls into areas such as Phish fandom, it mostly maintains its focus with tight chapters and a clever LP track organization scheme. Fans of the website Pitchfork will find lots to love. [See Prepub Alert, 11/27/17; "Editors' Spring Picks," LJ 2/1/18.]

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