This Week’s Hot Reviews

100 Days in Uranium City
Ariane Dénommé | Conundrum Press | 9781772620269 | September 2018
“A compassionate and fascinating portrayal of miners in a northern Saskatchewan town in the 1970s.”—Maisonneuve Magazine

Old Ground
Noel Friebert | Koyama Press | 9781927668504 | September 2017
“Freibert finds horror in the desecration of tradition and humor in the face of death’s uncertainty.”—Diabolique Magazine

What’s Left of the Night
Ersi Sotiropoulos | New Vessel Press | 9781939931610 | October 2018
“Sotiropoulos’s prose (and Emmerich’s glistening translation) glazes multiple pasts and presents on top of one another, blissfully dizzying the reader. . . . Strikes a chord of dark beauty, visceral grossness, and ironic humor indistinguishable from the experience of reading Cavafy’s poetry.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

False Calm
María Sonia Cristoff | Transit Books | 9781945492143 | October 2018
False Calm is fascinating, informative, and ultimately a pleasure to read.”—World Literature Today

My Year of Dirt and Water Journal of a Zen Monk’s Wife in Japan
Tracy Franz | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720426 | July 2018
“Franz has written a moving account of her experiences, not just what it’s like to be the wife of a Zen priest who is also a gaijin, but of what it’s like when you finally understand.”—Asian Review of Books

When Trouble Sleeps
Leye Adenle | Cassava Republic Press | 978911115632 | April 2019
“Leye Adenle’s debut, Easy Motion Tourist, took the international crime scene by storm, with its impeccably choreographed action sequences, clever division of Lagos into set-pieces that showcase the highs and lows of the city, and easy-to-root-for human rights worker heroine, Amaka Mbadiwe. In Adenle’s second in the series, When Trouble Sleeps, Amaka returns in her role of savior of the sex workers to combat a prominent politician with some vicious little secrets.”—CrimeReads

Roaming Foliage
Patrick Kyle | Koyama Press | 9781927668641 | October 2018
“Profound and silly, abstract yet story-driven, Roaming Foliage encompasses all of the nuances of the wildly talented Canadian comics artist Patrick Kyle. . . . This is Kyle at his finest, using abstract imagery alongside goofball character antics to tell a larger story about friendship and the importance of community.”—Your Chicken Enemy

Holy Moly Carry Me
Erika Meitner | BOA Editions | 9781942683629 | September 2018
“With Holy Moly Carry Me, Erika Meitner has written a collection we very much need in 2018. And at the end of the day, much of this collection is about these intersections of public and private spaces. We see the world’s terrors and must digest them to keep ourselves moving forward. It’s depressing. It’s terrifying. Still, there are hints of hope in the little moments: how the bag boy rides shopping carts in the Food Lion parking lot; the ordinary magic of letting something go in the library’s drop box. Small things. The things we try to savor every day.”—Colorado Review

After the Winter
Guadalupe Nettel | Coffee House Press | 9781566895255 | September 2018
“In a tale of intertwining fates and the threads of interiority that connect the most disparate souls, Mexico City–based Guadalupe Nettel perfectly explicates the loneliness of expatriation as well as the gravity of a momentary meeting when one longs for love.”—World Literature Today

New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Tano)
Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, editors | Akashic Books | 9781617756238 | April 2018
Tano is exquisitely composed and designed. This is a boxed set to be collected—and coveted.”—World Literature Today

Connecting Animals and Children in Early Childhood
Patty Born Selly | Redleaf Press | 9781605541563 | June 2014
“Author Patty Born Selly begins by outlining the rationale for connecting children with animals in deep and meaningful ways in their early childhood. . . . Recommended for early childhood educators, parents would also find relevance in the book’s information and activities.”—Green Teacher

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