This Week’s Hot Reviews

Beginnings: The Homeward Journey of Donovan Manypenny
Thomas D. Peacock | Holy Cow! Press | 9780998601052 | November 2018

“Peacock delves into Donovan’s process of learning about how the great migration created the Ojibwe people and how it allows him to re-create himself as an Ojibwe person, along with the help, intentional and unintentional, of many along the way.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

Tamayo: The New York Years
Carmen Ramos | D GILES | 9781911282150 | November 2017

“Engagingly written and richly illustrated, this exhibition catalogue is a prime example of what this genre of publication can offer readers—a sophisticated analysis of a key period in Tamayo’s career that is informative for scholars while remaining accessible and interesting to students and general audiences.”—Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art

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

“The plot is solid in Death of a Rainmaker, but what makes Loewenstein’s novel so outstanding is the cast of characters she has assembled . . . Death of a Rainmaker is a superb book, one that sets the reader right down amid some of the hardest times our country has faced, and lets us feel those hopeful farmers’ despair as they witness their dreams turning to dust.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

In Country
Hugh Martin | BOA Editions | 9781942683704 | November 2018

“Hugh Martin’s second poetry collection In Country delves into the war in Iraq from the American soldier’s perspective. The language and listing quality of his memories are plain and simple, but the stories they tell are not. Readers see the complicated relationship that the American militia, both as individuals and as a collective, have with Iraqi civilians.”—Arkansas International Review

Feathered Serpent, Dark Heart of Sky
David Bowles | Cinco Puntos Press | 9781941026717 | May 2018

“While certainly a treasure trove for storytellers, this is also highly valuable as a classroom resource for units on Mesoamerican history or examinations of how a place’s myths are inherently linked to its history.”—Bulletin for the Center for Children’s Books Review

The Naked Woman
Armonía Somers, translated by Kit Maude | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932436 | November 2018

“Somers’ carefully-crafted novel reveals the effects that living in a society in which women are repressed has on both women and men.”—Asymptote

Something Like Breathing
Angela Readman | And Other Stories | 9781911508304 | January 2019

“This painstakingly rendered, gorgeous novel is pervaded by a sense of tense mystery . . . a skilled & beautiful portrait of a wonderful gift masked as darkness.”—Foreword Reviews

First We Surf, Then We Eat
Jim Kempton | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551338 | August 2018

First We Surf, Then We Eat isn’t just a killer cookery book, but reads as an incredibly personal, near biographical look at surfing and some of it’s most celebrated personalities over the years.”—Mad to Live

The Vagabond Valise
Siris | Conundrum Press | 9781772620276 | October 2018

“The crackpot visual humour Siris is known for shines on each page, making any new reader an instant fan.”—Vue Weekly

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