This Week’s Hot Reviews

A Rebel in Gaza: Behind the Lines of the Arab Spring, One Woman’s Story
Asmaa al-Ghoul and Selim Nassib, translated by Mike Mitchell | DoppelHouse Press | 9780998777023 | November 2018

“Refreshing and eye-opening . . . . I would recommend this memoir to anyone interested in the ongoing conflict in Gaza, or to anyone who wishes to read a thrilling memoir by a strong, brave and inspiring woman living under difficult circumstances.”sister-hood

Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness
Amy Irvine | Torrey House Press | 9781937226978 | November 2018

“The slim volume is a lyrical and raw conversation between Irvine and Abbey that is part tribute, part memoir, and part polemic. It’ll get you thinking about the state of the desert, the fate of the wilderness movement and the actions we all need to take to save the places we love (including leaving them alone).”Adventure Journal

Follow the Sun
Edward J. Delaney | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983558 | June 2018

“A dramatic and action-filled climax that’s certainly worth waiting for.”—New Pages

How I Found God in Everyone and Everywhere: An Anthology of Spiritual Memoirs
Edited by Andrew M. Davis and Philip Clayton | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781939681881 | September 2018

“A thought-provoking collection of personal accounts of panentheism, by 11 leading spiritual writers and teachers including Deepak Chopra and Rupert Sheldrake. Entirely compatible with modern science and astrophysics, panentheism is the contemporary spiritual shift away from a God located ‘up above’ toward an immanent Divine that exists right here, all around us, within everything and ourselves and suggests an interconnected cosmos in which each of its parts exist only in relationship to the other parts. Highly recommended.”—Yoga Magazine

The Sketchbook of Loish
Lois van Baarle | 3dtotal Publishing | 9781909414549 | April 2018

“This is a beautiful and inspiring artbook. One of 2018’s best artbooks. I highly recommend it to fans of her work. You’ll appreciate her art more when you know the effort she has put in to come to where she is today.”—Parka Blogs

Post-Traumatic Hood Disorder
David Tomas Martinez | Sarabande Books | 9781946448095 | March 2018

“The wild ostentation of late 20th- and early 21st-century America becomes the prism through which readers of David Tomas Martinez’s Post Traumatic Hood Disorder. . . perceive might and right, ennui and love and solitude and the oceanic depths of history.”—America: The Jesuit Review

131 Different Things
Zachary Lipez, photos by Nick Zinner, design by Stacy Wakefield | Akashic Books | 9781617756672 | November 2018

“A spot-on take on urban life, frustration, and flawed humanity, with distinctive visuals to accompany the knowing prose.”—LitHub

Vancouver Noir
Edited by Sam Wiebe | Akashic Books | 9781617756597 | November 2018

“The beauty of the Akashic series of noir short story anthologies is that they offer local writers a chance to say ‘here’s our town.’ This crop of writers, assembled and edited by Sam Wiebe, succeeds in a gritty, moody way.”—New York Journal of Books

Death of a Rainmaker: A Dust Bowl Mystery
Laurie Loewenstein | Akashic Books | 9781617756658 | October 2018

Death of a Rainmaker is far more than a murder mystery set in the Dust Bowl of the 1930s. It is a poignant recollection of the desperation of farmers whose land, livestock, and household are in foreclosure, a stunning description of a dust storm that leaves imaginary specks of dirt on the reader’s neck, a sensitive rendering of tough times and their toll on the psyche.”—Historical Novel Society

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story
Wyomia Tyus and Elizabeth Terzakis | Akashic Books | 9781617756580 | September 2018

Tigerbelle: The Wyomia Tyus Story is a book all fans of any sport, but particularly those who love track and field, will enjoy. But it also covers an equally important slice of history, both for HBCUs and women’s sports, that should never be forgotten nor undervalued.”—Tennessee Tribune

Since When
Bill Berkson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895293 | November 2018

“Berkson was the ultimate fly on the wall, and through his evocative writing the reader gets to be the same.”—Ploughshares

Jenny Boully | Coffee House Press | 9781566895101 | April 2018

“Boully’s lyric essays, which wander through disparate histories, myths, and stories, produce emotional truth in their ordering of disorder. Her essays, like lovers, follow desire in the hope that it will take them somewhere new.”—Ploughshares

The Anarchist Who Shared My Name
Pablo Martín Sánchez, translated by Jeff Diteman | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920718 | December 2018

“Martín Sánchez gives a good picture of the Spanish-émigré scene in Paris and the revolutionary ambitions—including the role of Blasco Ibáñez—as well as the anarchist scene of the early twentieth century more generally. . . . An impressive picture of the Spain (and the exiled-Spaniards) situation of those years.”—The Complete Review

All Soul Parts Returned
Bruce Beasley | BOA Editions | 9781942683452 | September 2017

“This is a major book by an astounding writer. . . . Beasley reminds us that great writing is great writing wherever you find it.”—America: The Jesuit Review

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