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Author Archives: Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.

Book Review: ‘Southern Cross, Volume 1′ by Dorvall and Philip Renne

CSA Confederate States of America

This graphic novel is a beautifully illustrated and thought-provoking alternative history of the Civil War. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Dark Aemelia’ by Sally O’Reilly

darkaemilia

This dark and riveting tale of love, witchcraft and passion brings the Elizabethan age to vivid life. Read More »

Book Review: ‘The Haunted History of New Orleans: Ghosts of the French Quarter’ by James Caskey

caskey

This book presents a great blend of fact, fiction, and ghostly activity, along with a loving view of New Orleans as the extraordinary city it is. Read More »

Book Review: ‘It’s Not Only Rock ‘n Roll: Iconic Musicians Reveal the Source of Their Creativity’ by Jenny Boyd

George-Harrison

Boyd provides a serious and scholarly treatise on the nature of creativy, with quotes from 75 musicians from many areas of popular music. Read More »

Music Review: Jimbo Mathus & The Tri-State Coalition – ‘Dark Night of the Soul’

jimbo mathus

Jimbo Mathus has strong Southern roots and combines blues, rock and roll, and rhythm and blues to create great Southern rock. Read More »

DVD Review: ‘The Story of Medicine – Pain Pus and Poison’

mosley

Anyone with curiosity about history or medicine will find this DVD an excellent choice. It is fascinating, accurate and never dry or boring. Read More »

Joe Satriani’s ‘Complete Studio Recordings’ Available as a Box Set

starianicomplete

This collection will be a must for Joe Satriani's many fans and forother fans of instrumental guitar music. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Oleander Girl’ by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

oleander girl

This is a completely satisfying story and illustrates both how alike and how different people are based upon the effects of their culture. Read More »

Book Review: ‘Haunted Savannah’ by James Caskey

kehoe

James Caskey provides a well-researched and fascinating account of Savannah's most haunted places and best-known ghost stories. Read More »

Music Review: Linda Ronstadt – ‘Duets’

Ronstadt

This is a superlative collection of some of Linda Ronstadt's best duets from 1974 to 2006. Read More »