Scott D. Southard

Current State Contributor

Current State contributor Scott D. Southard is author of A Jane Austen DaydreamMaximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare, My Problem With Doors, and Megan. Scott received his Master's degree in writing from the University of Southern California. More of his writing can be found at his blog, The Musings and Artful Blunders of Scott D. Southard.

Current State book reviewer Scott Southard returns with a tale of time, family and fate. It all comes together in the novel “Miller’s Valley” by Anna Quindlen.


Book reviewer Scott Southard takes us to Detroit with an intimate portrait of the life of an African-American family.


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Have you ever loved a book so much that its characters felt like friends? Our book reviewer Scott Southard says that’s exactly the feeling you’ll get from Elizabeth Strout’s new novel “My Name is Lucy Barton.”

WKAR contributor Scott D. Southard gives his take on Elizabeth Strout’s new novel “My Name is Lucy Barton.”

If we’re lucky, our memories are mostly of happy times and not too many regrets, but that’s definitely not the case for the protagonist in Sebastian Faulks’ new novel. Scott Southard reviews "Where My Heart Used to Beat."


We’re a long way off from Halloween, but our book reviewer Scott Southard has this scary book review to get your adrenaline pumping. Here is Scott’s take on "Mr. Splitfoot" by Samantha Hunt.


No one has had quite the impact on Western literature that William Shakespeare has. His 37 plays have been turned into hundreds of movie adaptations and been performed countless times on stages across the world. Current State book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his take on one of the latest reinterpretations of the Bard of Avon.


Take the story of two best friends and add in some failed dreams and dark humor and you’d have the new novel “Quicksand.” Our book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his review of Steve Toltz’s latest book.


Comic book lovers across the world are excited about the return of The Sandman Series by beloved sci-fi author Neil Gaiman. Current State’s book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his take on the newest book in the series “Overture."


The new year may be all about looking forward and setting goals for the future, but this week’s book review is taking us back in time. Scott Southard reviews the historical fiction novel “The Marriage of Opposites” by Alice Hoffman.


Jonathan Franzen was once called the “Great American Novelist” by Time magazine. Our book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his take on the author’s newest novel, "Purity."


The New York Times calls Margaret Atwood’s latest novel a “kinky dystopia.” Does that pique your interest? Current State book reviewer Scott Southard gives us his take on “The Heart Goes Last.”


Several of John Irving's novels have found success on the big screen as well as the bookstore shelf. Scott Southard gives us his take on whether the author's new novel "Avenue of Mysteries" is destined for the same success.


Our book reviewer Scott Southard gives his take on the classic horror novel "Dracula."


Scott Southard reviews the novel “A Cure for Suicide” by Jesse Ball.


Next week is Banned Books Week, that time when we celebrate the controversial side of the literary world. Scott Southard brings us a review on one of the most famous banned books, "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger.


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