Category: Book Review

Issue 22 | Summer 2019

All Roads Lead to Blood

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A review of Bonnie Chau's short stories published by Santa Fe Writers Project

Issue 21 | Winter 2019

Wild Milk

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Brief review of Sabrina Orah Mark's short stories published by Dorothy, a publishing project

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

Lovepain

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Brief review of Curtis Smith's novel published by Braddock Avenue Books

Issue 20 | Fall 2018

Communion

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Brief review of Nashon Cook's collection published by Shabda Press

Book Review: THERE SHOULD BE FLOWERS by J. Jennifer Espinoza

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There Should be Flowers by Joshua Jennifer Espinoza Civil Coping Mechanisms, 2016 $15.95 Joshua Jennifer Espinoza’s There Should Be Flowers is an unyielding call for compassion in a world that continuously tries to suppress the voices of marginalized groups. The collection outlines her journey from a young boy whose silence is protection to a woman …

Book Review: OBJECTS OF AFFECTION by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough

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Objects of Affection  by Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough Braddock Avenue Books, 2018 $13.00 Polish-born Ewa Hryniewicz-Yarbrough has made a life out of translating, that fraught, “imperfect art which depends on what Czesław Miłosz called ‘the conscious acceptance of imperfect solutions.’” It’s the leveling of two languages and two cultures on ground foreign to each, at minimum a …

Book Review: PERSONAL SCIENCE by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram

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Personal Science  by Lillian-Yvonne Bertram Tupelo Press, 2017 $16.95 Lillian-Yvonne Bertram writes under the premise that all of her writing is essentially a continuation of the same work. As she puts it in an interview with The Rumpus, her work is: “a single life project,” the books are “artifacts that mark points in time. They …

Book Review: AT THE WATERLINE by Brian K. Friesen

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At the Waterline by Brian K. Friesen Ooligan Press, 2017 $16.95 Inspired by his firsthand experiences while working on the Columbia River, Brian K. Friesen’s debut novel, At the Waterline, is a reflective, multi-faceted story. The book follows Chad, a man with a penchant for the water, through his mission to find himself after his tragic …