This Week’s Reviews

Walt Whitman: The Measure of His Song, 3rd edition
edited by Jim Perlman, Ed Folsom, and Dan Campion | Holy Cow! Press | 9780998601076 | June 2019
“First published in 1981, and now in a lovely third edition, with a new cover and tied to Walt Whitman’s 200th birthday (last month), this anthology is nearly 600 pages long and includes work from more than 100 writers who have been influenced by Whitman.”—Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

“This is the third edition of poetic tributes to Walt Whitman. . . . This large paperback includes photographs of Whitman, an extensive bibliography of poems, essays, parodies, lectures, recollections, and remarks in response to Whitman.”—St. Paul Pioneer Press

The Everything I Have Lost
Sylvia Zéleny | Cinco Puntos Press | 9781947627178 | September 2019
“Captures a girl’s blossoming understanding of violence, family dysfunction, and what it means to grow up.”—Foreword Reviews 

Ecological Footprint: Managing Our Biocapacity Budget
Mathis Wackernagel and Bert Beyers | New Society Publishers | 9780865719118 | September 2019
“Its examples documented with care, Ecological Footprint offers astute observations and recommendations for global improvement.”—Foreword Reviews

Accommodations
Wioletta Greg, trans. Jennifer Croft | Transit Books | 9781945492235 | July 2019
“Before beginning her career as a novelist, Greg was first and foremost a poet, which is perhaps why the best part about Accommodations is the way atmosphere is conveyed in Jennifer Croft’s heartbreakingly beautiful translation.”—Asymptote

StoryMaking: The Maker Movement Approach to Literacy for Early Learners
Michelle Kay Compton and Robin Chappelle Thompson | Redleaf Press | 9781605546032 | August 2018
“A worthy system for integrating learning goals in all developmental domains.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

Dribble Drabble: Process Art Experiences for Young Children
Deya Brashears Hill | Redleaf Press | 9781605545288 | August 2016
Dribble Drabble will remind you why it’s the process and not the product that marks successful (and satisfying) art experiences for young children. . . . Some of the activities may be familiar to experienced teachers . . . but everyone—teachers and families alike—will find new and interesting ideas for enriching and encouraging art engagement.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

The Fragility of Bodies
Sergio Olguin | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242191 | September 2019
“A deftly scripted and page-turner of a read from beginning to end, The Fragility of Bodies is an original and extraordinary novel by an author who exhibits a distinctively reader engaging narrative storytelling style.”—Midwest Book Review

Grab a Snake by the Tail
Leonardo Padura | Bitter Lemon Press | 9781912242177 |
“Another riveting read from the pen of a true master of the mystery genre.”—Midwest Book Review

The Fourth String: A Memoir of Sensei and Me
Janet Pocorobba | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720464 | March 2019
“This is a book that, once begun, sends assumptions tumbling, one after the other.”—Kyoto Journal

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This Week’s Hot News

On July 15, the Millions included Maria Tumarkin’s Axiomatic (Transit Books), Mark Haber’s Reinhardt’s Garden (Coffee House Press), Rodrigo Márquez Tizano’s Jarkarta (trans. Thomas Bunstead; Coffee House Press), Brandon Shimoda’s The Grave on the Wall (City Lights Publishers), and Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne’s Holding on to Nothing (Blair) on its list of most anticipated books.

On July 10, Literary Hub published a conversation between Arundhati Roy, author of My Seditious Heart: Collected Nonfiction (Haymarket Books) and Siddhartha Deb at the PEN America’s World Voices Festival in New York.

On July 9, Literary Hub published an essay by Randy Boyagoda, author of Original Prin (Biblioasis).

On July 2, Literary Hub included Chelsea Johnson, LaToya Council, Carolyn Choi, and Ashley Seil Smith’s IntersectionAllies: We Make Room for All (Dottir Press) on its list of books to read in July.

On July 11, Los Angeles, California NPR affiliate 89.9 KCRW’s Bookworm interviewed editor David Trinidad, poet Amy Gerstler, and publisher Ruth Greenstein about Ed Smith’s Punk Rock Is Cool for the End of the World (Turtle Point Press).

On June 16, Milwaukee, Wisconsin NBC-TV affiliate TMJ 4’s The Morning Blend recommended Jill Orr’s The Ugly Truth: A Riley Ellison Mystery (Prospect Park Books).

On July 10, Washington, DC NPR affiliate 88.5 WAMU’s Kojo Nnamdi Show interviewed Antonia Tricario, author of Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997–2017 (Akashic Books), and two of her contributors.

On July 16, James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot, 2nd Edition (New Society Publishers) was interviewed on SiriusXM station Urban View’s The Laura Coates Show.

On July 9, Psychology Today published an article by Don McPherson, author of You Throw Like a Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity (Akashic Books).

On July 15, Yes Magazine published an excerpt from Matthew Legge’s Are We Done Fighting (New Society Publishers).

On July 11, Smash Pages interviewed Ben Sears about his latest book House of the Black Spot (Koyama Press).

On July 15, n+1 published an excerpt of Trisha Low’s Socialist Realism (Coffee House Press).

The July issue of Spiritseeker Magazine included an article by Sarah Bowen, author of Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose (Monkfish Book Publishing).

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This Week’s News

New York Magazine referenced Salvatore Settis’s If Venice Dies (New Vessel Press) in an article on July 8.

NPR affiliate Minnesota Public Radio 89.3 The Current’s Rock and Roll Book Club featured Glen E. Friedman’s Keep Your Eyes Open: The Fugazi Photographs of Glen E. Friedman and Antonia Tricarico’s Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997-2017 (both Akashic Books) on July 10.

The July 2019 issue of the Louisville Voice Tribune included article about Sarabande Press on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary. The June 28 Literary Hub Daily newsletter picked up the article.

Literary Hub’s July 9 “Most Anticipated Books of 2019, Part 2” included Naja Marie Aidt’s When Death Takes Something from You Give It Back (trans. Denise Newman; Coffee House Press), Brandon Shimoda’s The Grave on the Wall (City Lights Publishing), Rebecca Solnit’s Whose Story Is This? Old Conflicts, New Chapters, Staceyann Chin’s Crossfire, Kevin Coval’s Everything Must Go (all Haymarket Books), Matthew Zapruder’s Father’s Day (Copper Canyon Press), Silvina Ocampo’s The Promise (trans Suzanne Jill Levine and Jessica Powel) and Forgotten Journey (trans. Suzanne Jill Levine and Katie Lateef-Jan; both City Lights Publishing), and H.J. Golakai’s The Score (Cassava Republic Press).

Full Stop published an excerpt from T Fleischmann’s Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press) on July 3.

BookRiot’s monthly Indie Press Round-Up on July 2 included Wioletta Greg’s Accommodations (trans. Jennifer Croft; Transit Books), Hwang Sok-Yong’s At Dusk (trans. Sora Kim-Russell; Scribe US), and Claudia D. Hernandez’s Knitting the Fog (The Feminist Press at CUNY).

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This Week’s Reviews

Reenactments
Hai-Dang Phan | Sarabande Books | 9781946448286 | February 2019
“It is an ambitious addition to Vietnam War literature and a fearless contribution to the small, albeit energetic, body of verse by the new generation of Vietnamese American refugees. . . . Aren’t we lucky to be indicted by a poet with a voice this strong?”—World Literature Today

Seven Samurai Swept Away in A River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | November 2019
“Impressive fluidity. . . . Like a lucid dream.”—Foreword Reviews

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully: Keep This Leaflet. You May Need to Read It Again.
Karen Havelin | Dottir Press | 9781948340052 | May 2019
“Havelin writes boldly about the often overlooked maladies that women face and the almost comical lengths that they sometimes have to take to address them.”—Columbia Magazine

The Tiny Journalist
Naomi Shihab Nye | BOA Editions | 9781942683728 | April 2019
“In this moment of our history, many poets feel called to the poetry of witness and resistance. This is not new work for Naomi Shihab Nye, who has always woven those threads into her poetry, but never more consistently than in this collection. It is a brave collection from a pair of brave souls.”—Rhino Poetry

A Million Dots
Sven Völker | Cicada Books | 9781908714664 | September 2019
“One, two, ten, even one hundred—you can see that number of people or items in your mind. It’s hard, though, especially for children, to visualize a thousand, a hundred thousand, a half a million, even a million. In his stylish book, Sven Völker translates these numbers into dots and uses them to create images that are both humorous and awe-inspiring. . . . An entertaining and educational way to relay the idea of number to kids at home or in the classroom, A Million Dots will elicit multiple exclamations of ‘Wow!’ as the numbers add up.”—Celebrate Picture Books

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This Week’s Reviews

The Urban Forager
Elisa Callow | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551420 | March 2019
The Urban Forager [has] a sentimental quality more reminiscent of spiral-bound church cookbooks and tea-stained notecards stuffed in recipe boxes than the glossy, full-bleed, uber-designed volumes in bookstores today. That’s exactly the point. It showcases the heterogeneity of these neighborhoods while reflecting the ways that most home cooks actually cook.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

River
Esther Kinsky | Transit Books | 9781945492174 | September 2018
“Pondering the intricate meaning of words, especially those learned through a second language—and with it the acquisition of new understanding—is a recurrent feature in River. A feature every translator and conscious language learner will be familiar with.”—Reading in Translation

Doomstead Days
Brian Teare | Nightboat Books | 9781643620022 | April 2019
“Teare writes that ‘it was the first disaster / I could walk to’ and this recognition is crucial. It collapses the vast scale of climate change to intimate distance, acknowledging that human consciousness, despite its abstract capabilities, is most alive to what it can touch. It also refers to his writing method: to walk, notebook in hand, recording what he sees, following footpaths into thought paths.”—Colorado Review

Space Struck
Paige Lewis | Sarabande Books | 9781946448446 | October 2019
“Online, month by month, I watched it happen: a new genre of poem was emerging, but I had no clue who was responsible. . . . What looked like a genre, I soon realized, was all the handiwork of one poet. Their name is Paige Lewis. . . . Don’t doubt them.”—Poetry Magazine

Mentors
Francis M. Naumann | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754467 | June 2019
“Naumann’s writing is entertaining and authentic. He sings the praises of those who formed his own character as well as embraces their flaws. From the bordellos to the classrooms and from high rises to high on the hills of France and Italy, this story offers a unique and riveting view into the world of art history and the people therein.”—Seattle Book Review

Wounds into Wisdom
Tirzah Firestone | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626026 | June 2019
Wounds into Wisdom fairly glows with the light that sometimes emerges from a charismatic teacher, but Rabbi Tirzah Firestone is also hard-headed, plainspoken and, above all, deeply courageous. This is not a touchy-feeling self-help book; rather, it is a stirring call to action.”—Jewish Journal

“Muslim”: A Novel
Zahia Rahmani | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920756 | June 2019
“Rahmani’s ‘Muslim’ extends beyond her and her time. Her book is about how outcasts are made by society with accusatory fingers, pointing at what could be a religion, an ethnicity, a community.”—Asian Review of Books

Blood Sisters
Kim Yideum, trans. Jiyoon Lee | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920770 | July 2019
Blood Sisters poses a hugely important question about how we narrativize our experience of the world as we experience it, in private and public spheres—how we negotiate our sense of self and our sense of others; how we make sense of a historical event that an individual cannot possibly experience in full.”—Asymptote Journal

Re-Bisoning the West
Kurt Repanshek | Torrey  House Press | 9781937226985 | September 2019
“Impressively informative and exceptionally well written . . .  an extraordinary and detailed history of species restoration of paramount importance for community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of the non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.”—Midwest Book Review

Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997—2017
Antonia Tricarico | 9781617757198 | Akashic Books | June 2019
“Unique and highly recommended.”—Midwest Book Review

Chicken Rising
D. Boyd | Conundrum Press | 9781772620344 | April 2019
“As visually accomplished as it is emotionally blunt.”—NB Media Co-op

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This Week’s Awards

They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada by Cecil Foster, Be With: Letters to a Caregiver by Mike Barnes, and Late Breaking by K.D. Miller (all Biblioasis) are on the long list for the Toronto Book Award.

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This Week’s Hot News

Knitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernandez and Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker (both The Feminist Press at CUNY) were recommended on NPR affiliate WAMU 88.5’s Code Switch Book Club on June 20.

The June 2019 issue of Poetry Society of America published excerpts from New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Sita), edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani (Akashic Books).

Inside Hook named Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) one of “The 25 Best Books of the First Half of 2019” on June 21.

Wired published a selection of photos from Vladamir Antaki’s The Guardians (Kehrer Verlag) on June 24.

Molly Reid, author of The Rapture Index (BOA Editions), wrote an original essay for Literary Hub on June 19.

The Ugly Truth: A Riley Ellison Mystery by Jill Orr (Prospect Park Books) was excerpted on CrimeReads on June 21.

Claudia D. Hernandez’s Knitting the Fog (The Feminist Press at CUNY) was recommended by Remezcla on June 14.

Chris Kuzma, author of Lunch Quest (Koyama Press) is taking over as The Comics Journal’s resident diary cartoonist the week of June 24.  

Asymptote interviewed Gabriela Ybarra, author of The Dinner Guest (Transit Books) on June 20.

Charles Garfield, author of Life’s Last Gift: Giving and Receiving Peace When a Loved One is Dying (Central Recovery Press), was interviewed on Berkley, California KPFA 94.1’s About Health on June 17.

James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up (New Society Publishers), will be interviewed on Wichita, Kansas WQAM’s regionally syndicated The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser on July 3.

Elegant Simplicity: The Art of Living Well by Satish Kumar (New Society Publishers) was excerpted by UTNE Magazine on June 19.

Matthew Legge, author of Are We Done Fighting: Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division (New Society Publishers), wrote an article for Open Democracy on June 16.

Novel Novice recommended Tracy Hecht’s Nocturnals Grow and Read! title The Chestnut Challenge on June 13 while on May 31, Fupping recommended Nocturnals middle grade titles The Mysterious Abductions, The Ominous Eye, and The Fallen Star, and The Hidden Kingdom (all Fabled Films Publishing).

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This Week’s Trade Reviews

Empty Words
Mario Levrero, trans. Annie McDermott | Coffee House Press | 9781566895460 | May 2019
“More than just an exercise in chasing his own tail, Levrero takes himself into dangerous psychological territory, wrestling with the things that underlie his loopy a’s. . . . A curious, even eccentric book, and a must-read for fans of post-boom Latin American literature.”—Kirkus Reviews

Hair, It’s a Family Affair
Mylo Freeman | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115687| April 2019
“Bright, adorable illustrations depict black characters sporting a variety of hair and clothing styles, with soft watercolor blends perfectly capturing the myriad textures of natural hair. Freeman’s art, a delightful mix of gentle and vibrant, is the true standout of this simple picture book. . . . A sweet exploration of family and expressing love through hair care rituals.”—School Library Journal

Library of Small Catastrophes
Alison C. Rollins | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595394 | April 2019
“Yet in this debut collection, Rollins is not darkly resigned but throws herself into the fray with a sort of infectious relish. . . . Much-welcomed newcomer Rollins offers sharp insights that librarians and their readers will appreciate.”—Library Journal

Lima::Limón
Natalie Scenters-Zapico | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595318 | May 2019
“A powerful message, powerfully delivered, that never dulls but remains high-octane, angry and engaged throughout.”—Library Journal

Princess Arabella is a Big Sister
Mylo Freeman | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115724 | September 2019
“The brightly colored illustrations and straightforward story arc with a fun surprise ending are bound to please young readers. Princess Arabella and her family present black, and visual cues and characters’ names imply diversity among her friends, who are coded Muslim, Chinese, and white. A chuckle worthy royal roller coaster.”—Kirkus Reviews

Robert Schumann Is Mad Again
Norman Dubie | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595653 | June 2019
“These improvisations are like peculiar keys that fit no known locks and will no doubt find approval among those who admire surrealist poetry.”—Library Journal

Safe Houses I Have Known
Steve Healey | Coffee House Press | 9781566895613 | September 2019
“Pairing formal poetic lines with conceptually driven fragments, Healey carves a space for innovation within received forms. By blending personal narrative and found language, he evokes, and reverses, the power dynamics implicit in surveillance.”—Publishers Weekly

Soft Targets
Deborah Landau | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595660 | April 2019
“Landau’s dark fears and evocations tend to tilt her writing away from the pursuit of poetry as beautiful writing and toward work as witness and unhappy prophecy; glimmers of hope are few but welcome.”—Library Journal

Song for the Unraveling of the World
Brian Evenson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895484 | June 2019
“Evenson . . . lures readers into each twisted tale by starting not at the beginning, but . . . somewhere else, creating a sense of disorientation and unease. As each tale unspools and each surreal world clarifies into a malformed sort of logic, the creeps set firmly in. . . . Readers of literary horror will not want to miss this one.”—Library Journal

A Visit to Grandad: An African ABC
Sade Fadipe, illus. Shedrach Ayalomeh | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115816 | July 2019
“Each spread includes multiple elements that begin with the designated letter, which will inspire repeated readings. . . . The author and illustrator are both from Nigeria, which, judging by the textual and visual references, is where the story is set. The simplicity of the text is balanced by lively, detailed watercolor illustrations full of movement and the joy of community, resulting in a book that truly is fun.”—Booklist

A Year Around the Great Oak
Gerda Muller | Floris Books | 9781782506027 | October 2019
“The book is an expanded version of a title originally published in Germany in 1991. . . . Following the story is the new material: 12 pages of further information about woodlands, in lovingly illustrated detail.”—Kirkus Reviews

You Throw Like A Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity
Don McPherson | Akashic Books/Edge of Sports | 9781617757051 | September 2019
“McPherson wants readers to begin to understand that traditional masculinity is a burden to boys and men, and to help change the narrative handed down to them. . . . This is a valuable contribution to the new choir of traditionally masculine men reevaluating themselves on their own terms.”—Publishers Weekly

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May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break and Myriam Gurba’s Mean (both Coffee House Press) were included in Electric Literature’s June 14 article “What to Read After Watching ‘Fleabag’.”

The A.V. Club included Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) and Ha Seong-nan’s Flowers of Mold (trans. Janet Hong; Open Letter) on its June 18 list of underrated 2019 books.

Camonghne Felix’s Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books) was recommended by Blavity on June 17.

Jim Harrison: The Essential Poems was excerpted in the Spring 2019 issue of Tricycle Magazine.

C. Joseph Greaves, author of Church of the Graveyard Saints (Torrey House Press), was interviewed on Colorado NPR affiliate Colorado Public Radio on May 31.

Pat Foreman, author of A Tiny Home to Call to Call Your Own (New Society Publishers) was interviewed on Kansas NPR affiliate Kansas Radio Public Radio on June 4.

Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants (New Society Publishers), was interviewed by Armed Forces Radio’s Voice of America on June 6 and by Kansas NPR affiliate Kansas Public Radio’s Conversations on June 17.

On June 15, Outside Magazine included Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness (Torrey House Press), Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses (Sarabande Books), and Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus Comics) on a list of the best adventure books of all time.

 On June 17, Publishers Weekly included Tinkers: 10th Anniversary Edition, by Paul Harding and with an introduction by Marilynne Robinson (Bellevue Literary Press) in its annual “Backlist Backbones” feature.

On June 11, the Detroit Metro Times included Michael Zadoorian’s Beautiful Music (Akashic Books) on its summer 2019 reading list for Michigan.

Pasadena Now interviewed Mary Lea Carroll, author of Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints (Prospect Park Books), on June 14.

On June 13, Dangerous Minds published an article about Christina Ward’s American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Bananas, Spam, and Jell-O (Feral House/Process Media).

NY Spirit published an excerpt from Conversations in the Spirit: Lex Hixon’s WBAI In the Spirit Interviews: A Chronicle of the Seventies Spiritual Revolution (Monkfish Book Publishing) in its June 16 issue.

Books and Bao included Christina Hesselholdt’s Vivian (trans. Paul Russell Garrett; Fitzcarraldo Editions), Naguib Mahfouz’s The Quarter (trans. Roger Allen; Saqi Books), Wioletta Greg’s Accommodations (trans. Jennifer Croft; Transit Books) on its June 18 list of best translated books of summer 2019.

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This Week’s Awards

The results of the 2018 Foreword Reviews Indie Awards were announced on June 14 and over a dozen Consortium titles took home medals! Congratulations to all these authors:

Edna Iturralde’s Green Was My Forest (Mandel Vilar Press), Henriqueta Cristina and Yara Kono’s Three Balls of Wool (trans. Lyn Miller-Lachmann; Enchanted Lion Books), Nari Hong’s Days With Dad (Enchanted Lion Books), Tara Lynn Masih’s My Real Name Is Hanna (Mandel Vilar Press), Donovan Mixon’s Ahgottahandleonit (Cinco Puntos Press), and Xelena González and Adriana M. Garcia’s All Around Us (Cinco Puntos Press) were all recipients of 2019 Skipping Stones Honor Awards.

Annie Besant and Ryika Sen’s The Dragon’s Toothache (Karadi Tales) is shortlisted for the 2020 Jarul Book Children’s Choice Award.

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