Category: Book Reviews

Book reviews written for the blog by our fantastic staff and contributors!

Reading The Lonely City without a Magic Bullet

By Melissa Wade I stare at the rain pouring down from the clogged gutters outside my window, realizing I have yet to talk to another human today. I asked my dog if he wanted to go for a walk, but it...

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A Review of “Blizzard” by Henri Cole

I’ve come to the conclusion I have a strange idea as to what the purpose of  “eco-poetics” is. While I originally saw it as any other poem, except that its aesthetics involve nature imagery....

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A Review of “Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting” by Jonathan Maule

Letter Composed During a Lull in the Fighting Kevin Powers Little, Brown and Company, April 1, 2014 Reviewed by Jonathan Maule The Weight of What Remains: A Review of Kevin Powers’ Letter...

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A Review of “Meet Me Here at Dawn” by Anatoly Molotkov

Meet Me Here at Dawn by Sophie Klahr YesYes Books, December 1, 2016 ISBN: 978-1-936919-42-0 Reviewed by Anatoly Molotkov Sophie Klahr doesn’t offer much biographical information on her...

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Book Review: The Missing Girl by Jacqueline Doyle

The Missing Girl Jacqueline Doyle Black Lawrence Press, 2017 ISBN: 978-1-62557-983-6 When it comes to narratives on missing and abducted girls, we normally explore titillating, abhorrent, and violent...

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Book Review: The Brand New Catastrophe

The Brand New Catastrophe Mike Scalise Sarabande Books, 2017 260 pp.   The writer who chooses memoir as a medium faces a daunting challenge: to ground himself in the personal—in a specific,...

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Book Review: In Which I Play the Runaway

Madeleine Wattenberg In Which I Play the Runaway Rochelle Hurt Barrow Street Press, 2016 ISBN 978-0-9973184-2-5 Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about the differences between establishing voice...

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One with the Tiger: The Animal Within

One with the Tiger Steven Church Soft Skull Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1593766504 Think of the last time you went to the zoo. This is how I recall my most recent visit. An oppressively hot and humid...

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