This Week’s Hot Reviews

Let’s Tell This Story Properly
Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi | Transit Books | 9781945492228 | April 2019
“Time after time, Makumbi succeeds in making the familiar strange, as well as the reverse. This is a collection to savor in bits and bite-sized portions; there are too many pungencies to swallow in one gulp.”—New York Journal of Books

Original Prin 
Randy Boyagoda | Biblioasis | 9781771962452 | May 2019
“One of the best satirical writers today. . . . immediately funny.”—The American Conservative

They Gall Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada 
Cecil Foster | Biblioasis | 9781771962612 | May 2019
“Mr. Foster’s well-written book about black train porters contains a wealth of information that is illuminating, revealing and, at times, disappointing. The beauty of the Canadian railroad had its ugly side, too.”—The Washington Times

Aurora Borealice
Joan Steacy | Conundrum Press | 9781772620375
“The art is printed in beautiful black and white—with rich, intense grays, which add atmosphere, depth and warmth…Alice has a big, open mind and her playful imagination is rendered and expressed in the aesthetic of the book.”—PRISM International

Around Harvard Square
C.J. Farley | Akashic Books | 9781617757143 | April 2019
“A smart, satirical novel about surviving the racial and cultural tensions ratcheted up in the elite Harvard hothouse. Farley has created a marvelously engaging and diverse set of characters, at the center of which is a nerdy Jamaican American with a philosophical bent and his cohort of oddballs struggling to win a spot on Harvard’s brainy humor magazine, which provides a springboard for Farley to dive into the ethics of comedy, among other subjects.”—The National Book Review

ESL or You Weren’t Here
Aldrin Valdez | Nightboat Books | 9781937658861 |
“In their debut collection of poems, Pinoy writer and visual artist Aldrin Valdez conjures a constellation of identity through the remnants. Memories, photographs, letters, transcriptions, artworks, and pop culture references cleave to reconcile the joy and trauma inherent in a duplicitous, multi-hyphenate world. . . . ESL or You Weren’t Here presents a portrait of their journey to awakening: they are American; they are Pinoy. They are gendered and non-gendered; a multi-lingual, multi-cultural, queer “bakla” all at the same time. The 27 multi-chaptered poems depict this tender, heart breaking, deeply intimate, open and satisfyingly sweet journey.”—The Brooklyn Rail

The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution: High-Production Methods for Small-Scale Farmers
Andrew Mefferd | New Society Publishers | 9780865718845 | March 2019
Article, Rapid City Journal, April 8, 2018
“The book has an excellent introductory conversation about how no-till systems work, its advantages and disadvantages. Though the book is aimed at small-scale farmers, there are strategies and information that can be easily utilized by backyard gardeners.”—The Rapid City Journal

Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories
May Lee Chai | Blair | 9780932112767 | October 2018
“[A] wonderfully quirky book of stories.”—Asian Review of Books

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