This Week’s Hot Reviews

Witch Wife
Kiki Petrosino | Sarabande Books | 9781946448033 | December 2017
“There is no moment of Witch Wife that slacks— Petrosino revels in the crafting of sculptural cats-cradle like poems: strange and beautiful, morbid and musical, Witch Wife confirms Petrosino as both magician and master, and certainly one of America’s most fascinating contemporary poets.”—Five Points

Justin Phillip Reed | Coffee House Press | 9781566895149 | May 2018
“Reed’s wit and formal experimentation, quicksilver and luminous, shows the world as it is, while detailing how the very people that society most devalues, demeans, and seeks to destroy are its true visionaries.”—Adroit Journal

Good Stock Strange Blood
Dawn Lundy Martin | Coffee House Press | 9781566894715 | August 2017
“Martin charts new possibilities for subverting those (white) structures of domination and control that would reduce black subjectivity to a mute and endless re-inscription of its traumatized collective past.”—Poetry Northwest

Puro Amor
Sandra Cisneros | Sarabande Books | 9781946448217 | October 2018
Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love.”—Arkansas International

The Lake on Fire
Rosellen Brown | Sarabande Books | 9781946448231 | October 2018
“A stunning work of historical fiction, filled with the sights and sounds of the Gilded Age in Chicago.”—Arkansas International

Permanent Exhibit
Matthew Volmer | BOA Editions | 9781942683681 | September 2018
“Several of the essays involve Vollmer riding his bike down a steep hill; we fear, along with him, a catastrophe, a collision. But the collision with which Permanent Exhibit is primarily concerned—that between the private archive of the mind and the public archive of the internet—has already occurred. And rather than catastrophic, this melding of mind and machine can be, as Vollmer says below, ‘magical.’”—Brooklyn Rail

So Many Islands: Stories from the Caribbean, Mediterranean, Indian, and Pacific Oceans
edited by Nicholas Laughlin with Nailah Folami Imoji, introduction by Marlon James | Akashic Books | 9781617756702 | July 2018
“As an anthology, this collection of work is amazingly well-rounded . . . This collection is a unique and worthy addition to any library . . . These writers offer a window into genuine, unglazed local life in far-flung, ill-understood parts of the world. It’s a gift beyond price.”—Sinkhole Magazine

We Are The Clash: Reagan, Thatcher, and the Last Stand of a Band That Mattered
Mark Andersen and Ralph Heibutzki | Akashic Books | 9781617752933 | July 2018
We Are The Clash celebrates the struggle for humanity, both in a band and in the wider world community. Traveling the journey of The Clash’s final years is no train in vain. The benefits of understanding history allow readers to see that the future is unwritten, as long as mistakes from the past are not dutifully repeated, but learned from. . . . Now it’s up to you to get this book and enable your future.”—Slug Magazine

Liza Jane & the Dragon
Laura Lippman, illus. Kate Samworth | Akashic Books | 9781617756610 | October 2018
“Silly, funny and a joy to read. The illustrations are great, too. Get a copy for your little one, they’ll read it more than once!”—Journey of a Bookseller

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