The 2011 National Book Award winner for fiction, Jesmyn Ward’s Salvage the Bones (Bloomsbury USA, $24), recounts 12 days in the lives of a poor, motherless, rural Mississippi family as Hurricane Katrina builds up and then hits their dilapidated home. The characters—including pregnant 14-year-old narrator Esch, her drunken father, feckless brothers, pit bull China and the unloving father of Esch’s baby—are deftly drawn and placed in a situation that would be trying for less imperfect people. Wrenching but worth it.
A Peek at Life Is Beautiful 2017
Get to know the Life Is Beautiful acts. Learn about Downtown's new kaleidoscopic murals. Find tips on how to navigate schedule conflicts. And see what's on the mouthwatering menu. Here is Vegas Seven's guide to tasting, seeing and hearing all the festival has to offer, from the first afternoon set to the final headliner.
Best of the City 2017
Our eighth annual celebration of all things Las Vegas, from the best casino comebacks to irresistible pot products