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Books

About This Section
WVXU is the place for Cincinnati's readers—here you can find reviews of the latest releases and interviews with both emerging local writers and acclaimed bestselling authors.

Focusing on books with topics and authors connected to our region, WVXU's books section covers a wide array of fiction and nonfiction, novels and memoirs, audiobooks, and book club books, like The Queen's Gambit, by Lexington, KY, author Walter Tevis, who sets a portion of his popular novel right in a mid-century Cincinnati.

From the serious to the silly, 91.7 highlights a diverse cross section of new releases—topics range (to name a few) from a history of local amusement parks, Appalachia, Bluegrass, cemeteries, Civil Rights, police violence and even ventriloquism.

Listen to an interview with journalist Tara Kangarlou about her nonfiction book Heartbeat of Iran: Real Voices of a Country and Its People, which goes beyond the political narrative to examine everyday individuals in the often-demonized country, and author Brian Broome’s memoir, Punch Me Up to the Gods, about his traumatic childhood in Kentucky, struggles with addiction and discovery, later in life, of his gift for writing. Take a deep dive into history books about Cincinnati and the Tri-State with The Speaking Stone: Stories Cemeteries Tell, written by Michael Griffith about the history and secrets of Spring Grove Cemetery, or Hidden History of Kentucky Political Scandals, by Robert Schrage and John Schaaf (whose title is self-explanatory).

Hardcovers, paperbacks or audiobooks, there's something for you among the many quality books in WVXU’s reviews and features—history books, mystery books, picture books, poignant memoirs, gripping thrillers, short story anthologies, book club books, historical novels, poetry collections and social theory. Whether you’re looking for light entertainment or serious edification, there are books here to read in your spare time and audiobooks to listen to on your commute, just waiting to be found.