Category: Book Review

Book Review: KUBRICK RED by Simon Roy

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Kubrick Red by Simon Roy trns. Jacob Homel Anvil Press $18.00 In his memoir Kubrick Red, Simon Roy presents readers with a beautifully honest account of his family history, revealing the past in tandem with facts about Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining. As Roy’s debut memoir, Kubrick Red was translated from French to English by Jacob Homel …

Book Review: CONTENTS UNDER PRESSURE by Ellen Prentiss Campbell

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Contents Under Pressure  by Ellen Prentiss Campbell Broadkill River Press, 2016 $16.99 Ellen Prentiss Campbell gives us a taste of several coming-of-age conflicts in her short story collection, Contents Under Pressure. From the metamorphosis of college student to real-world-dweller in “Sea Change,” to the challenges of midlife crises and divorce in “Peripheral Vision” and “Entangled Objects,” …

Book Review: HEADING HOME: FIELD NOTES by Peter Anderson

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Heading Home: Field Notes by Peter Anderson Conundrum Press, 2017 $14.99 In Heading Home, field notes are more akin to poignant vignettes, setting Anderson apart as a master of poetic fiction. What is truly remarkable about Peter Anderson’s writing is his ability pull the reader into the experience with him and then leave them deep in …

Book Review: AN ACCIDENT OF STARS by Foz Meadows

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An Accident of Stars by Foz Meadows Angry Robot Books, 2016 $7.99 An Accident of Stars is the kind of fantasy novel that’s been a long time coming. As more and more articles pour out about bias in science fiction and fantasy, citing lack of diversity—both in the gender and race of the author and …

Book Review: BRAWL & JAG by April Bernard

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Brawl & Jag by April Bernard W.W. Norton, 2016 $17.95 Reading April Bernard’s fourth book of poetry, Brawl & Jag, is like staring down the barrel of a gun. She writes about loss, despair, and anger with sharp-tongued wit and humor. Bernard’s language is not soft—her words bristle, pages upturned by grief. When it comes to relationships, …

Book Review: A BLISTER OF STARS by Jason Irwin

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A Blister of Stars by Jason Irwin Low Ghost Press, 2016 $8.00   Winner of the Transcontinental Poetry Award for Watering the Dead (Pavement Saw Press, 2008) and author of the chapbooks Where You Are (Night Ballet Press, 2014) and Some Days It’s a Love Story (Slipstream Press, 2005), Jason Irwin’s most recent collection, A Blister of …

Book Review: THE CANOPY by Patricia Clark

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The Canopy by Patricia Clark Terrapin Books, 2017 $16.00  I often found myself without breath while reading Patricia Clark’s new collection of poetry, The Canopy. The poems quietly knocked the wind out of me. The collection dwells in loss and the ways death can take things from us, both slowly and all at once. It characterizes the …

Book Review: RUST BELT BOY by Paul Hertneky

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Rust Belt Boy:  Stories of An American Childhood by Paul Hertneky Bauhan Publishing, 2016 $21.95 Paul Hertneky exemplifies Western Pennsylvanian familiarity in his new essay collection, Rust Belt Boy: Stories of an American Childhood. Hailing from a place known for its bullshitting, a gift explored in the essay, “Humility and Its Opposite,” Hertneky masters the craft …