Monthly Archives: June 2019

This Week’s Reviews

The Urban Forager
Elisa Callow | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551420 | March 2019
The Urban Forager [has] a sentimental quality more reminiscent of spiral-bound church cookbooks and tea-stained notecards stuffed in recipe boxes than the glossy, full-bleed, uber-designed volumes in bookstores today. That’s exactly the point. It showcases the heterogeneity of these neighborhoods while reflecting the ways that most home cooks actually cook.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

Esther Kinsky | Transit Books | 9781945492174 | September 2018
“Pondering the intricate meaning of words, especially those learned through a second language—and with it the acquisition of new understanding—is a recurrent feature in River. A feature every translator and conscious language learner will be familiar with.”—Reading in Translation

Doomstead Days
Brian Teare | Nightboat Books | 9781643620022 | April 2019
“Teare writes that ‘it was the first disaster / I could walk to’ and this recognition is crucial. It collapses the vast scale of climate change to intimate distance, acknowledging that human consciousness, despite its abstract capabilities, is most alive to what it can touch. It also refers to his writing method: to walk, notebook in hand, recording what he sees, following footpaths into thought paths.”—Colorado Review

Space Struck
Paige Lewis | Sarabande Books | 9781946448446 | October 2019
“Online, month by month, I watched it happen: a new genre of poem was emerging, but I had no clue who was responsible. . . . What looked like a genre, I soon realized, was all the handiwork of one poet. Their name is Paige Lewis. . . . Don’t doubt them.”—Poetry Magazine

Francis M. Naumann | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754467 | June 2019
“Naumann’s writing is entertaining and authentic. He sings the praises of those who formed his own character as well as embraces their flaws. From the bordellos to the classrooms and from high rises to high on the hills of France and Italy, this story offers a unique and riveting view into the world of art history and the people therein.”—Seattle Book Review

Wounds into Wisdom
Tirzah Firestone | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626026 | June 2019
Wounds into Wisdom fairly glows with the light that sometimes emerges from a charismatic teacher, but Rabbi Tirzah Firestone is also hard-headed, plainspoken and, above all, deeply courageous. This is not a touchy-feeling self-help book; rather, it is a stirring call to action.”—Jewish Journal

“Muslim”: A Novel
Zahia Rahmani | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920756 | June 2019
“Rahmani’s ‘Muslim’ extends beyond her and her time. Her book is about how outcasts are made by society with accusatory fingers, pointing at what could be a religion, an ethnicity, a community.”—Asian Review of Books

Blood Sisters
Kim Yideum, trans. Jiyoon Lee | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920770 | July 2019
Blood Sisters poses a hugely important question about how we narrativize our experience of the world as we experience it, in private and public spheres—how we negotiate our sense of self and our sense of others; how we make sense of a historical event that an individual cannot possibly experience in full.”—Asymptote Journal

Re-Bisoning the West
Kurt Repanshek | Torrey  House Press | 9781937226985 | September 2019
“Impressively informative and exceptionally well written . . .  an extraordinary and detailed history of species restoration of paramount importance for community and academic library collections, as well as the personal reading lists of the non-specialist general readers with an interest in the subject.”—Midwest Book Review

Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC, and Beyond, 1997—2017
Antonia Tricarico | 9781617757198 | Akashic Books | June 2019
“Unique and highly recommended.”—Midwest Book Review

Chicken Rising
D. Boyd | Conundrum Press | 9781772620344 | April 2019
“As visually accomplished as it is emotionally blunt.”—NB Media Co-op

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This Week’s Awards

They Call Me George: The Untold Story of Black Train Porters and the Birth of Modern Canada by Cecil Foster, Be With: Letters to a Caregiver by Mike Barnes, and Late Breaking by K.D. Miller (all Biblioasis) are on the long list for the Toronto Book Award.

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This Week’s Hot News

Knitting the Fog by Claudia D. Hernandez and Training School for Negro Girls by Camille Acker (both The Feminist Press at CUNY) were recommended on NPR affiliate WAMU 88.5’s Code Switch Book Club on June 20.

The June 2019 issue of Poetry Society of America published excerpts from New-Generation African Poets: A Chapbook Box Set (Sita), edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani (Akashic Books).

Inside Hook named Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) one of “The 25 Best Books of the First Half of 2019” on June 21.

Wired published a selection of photos from Vladamir Antaki’s The Guardians (Kehrer Verlag) on June 24.

Molly Reid, author of The Rapture Index (BOA Editions), wrote an original essay for Literary Hub on June 19.

The Ugly Truth: A Riley Ellison Mystery by Jill Orr (Prospect Park Books) was excerpted on CrimeReads on June 21.

Claudia D. Hernandez’s Knitting the Fog (The Feminist Press at CUNY) was recommended by Remezcla on June 14.

Chris Kuzma, author of Lunch Quest (Koyama Press) is taking over as The Comics Journal’s resident diary cartoonist the week of June 24.  

Asymptote interviewed Gabriela Ybarra, author of The Dinner Guest (Transit Books) on June 20.

Charles Garfield, author of Life’s Last Gift: Giving and Receiving Peace When a Loved One is Dying (Central Recovery Press), was interviewed on Berkley, California KPFA 94.1’s About Health on June 17.

James Hoggan, author of I’m Right and You’re an Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean it Up (New Society Publishers), will be interviewed on Wichita, Kansas WQAM’s regionally syndicated The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser on July 3.

Elegant Simplicity: The Art of Living Well by Satish Kumar (New Society Publishers) was excerpted by UTNE Magazine on June 19.

Matthew Legge, author of Are We Done Fighting: Building Understanding in a World of Hate and Division (New Society Publishers), wrote an article for Open Democracy on June 16.

Novel Novice recommended Tracy Hecht’s Nocturnals Grow and Read! title The Chestnut Challenge on June 13 while on May 31, Fupping recommended Nocturnals middle grade titles The Mysterious Abductions, The Ominous Eye, and The Fallen Star, and The Hidden Kingdom (all Fabled Films Publishing).

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This Week’s Trade Reviews

Empty Words
Mario Levrero, trans. Annie McDermott | Coffee House Press | 9781566895460 | May 2019
“More than just an exercise in chasing his own tail, Levrero takes himself into dangerous psychological territory, wrestling with the things that underlie his loopy a’s. . . . A curious, even eccentric book, and a must-read for fans of post-boom Latin American literature.”—Kirkus Reviews

Hair, It’s a Family Affair
Mylo Freeman | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115687| April 2019
“Bright, adorable illustrations depict black characters sporting a variety of hair and clothing styles, with soft watercolor blends perfectly capturing the myriad textures of natural hair. Freeman’s art, a delightful mix of gentle and vibrant, is the true standout of this simple picture book. . . . A sweet exploration of family and expressing love through hair care rituals.”—School Library Journal

Library of Small Catastrophes
Alison C. Rollins | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595394 | April 2019
“Yet in this debut collection, Rollins is not darkly resigned but throws herself into the fray with a sort of infectious relish. . . . Much-welcomed newcomer Rollins offers sharp insights that librarians and their readers will appreciate.”—Library Journal

Natalie Scenters-Zapico | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595318 | May 2019
“A powerful message, powerfully delivered, that never dulls but remains high-octane, angry and engaged throughout.”—Library Journal

Princess Arabella is a Big Sister
Mylo Freeman | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115724 | September 2019
“The brightly colored illustrations and straightforward story arc with a fun surprise ending are bound to please young readers. Princess Arabella and her family present black, and visual cues and characters’ names imply diversity among her friends, who are coded Muslim, Chinese, and white. A chuckle worthy royal roller coaster.”—Kirkus Reviews

Robert Schumann Is Mad Again
Norman Dubie | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595653 | June 2019
“These improvisations are like peculiar keys that fit no known locks and will no doubt find approval among those who admire surrealist poetry.”—Library Journal

Safe Houses I Have Known
Steve Healey | Coffee House Press | 9781566895613 | September 2019
“Pairing formal poetic lines with conceptually driven fragments, Healey carves a space for innovation within received forms. By blending personal narrative and found language, he evokes, and reverses, the power dynamics implicit in surveillance.”—Publishers Weekly

Soft Targets
Deborah Landau | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595660 | April 2019
“Landau’s dark fears and evocations tend to tilt her writing away from the pursuit of poetry as beautiful writing and toward work as witness and unhappy prophecy; glimmers of hope are few but welcome.”—Library Journal

Song for the Unraveling of the World
Brian Evenson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895484 | June 2019
“Evenson . . . lures readers into each twisted tale by starting not at the beginning, but . . . somewhere else, creating a sense of disorientation and unease. As each tale unspools and each surreal world clarifies into a malformed sort of logic, the creeps set firmly in. . . . Readers of literary horror will not want to miss this one.”—Library Journal

A Visit to Grandad: An African ABC
Sade Fadipe, illus. Shedrach Ayalomeh | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115816 | July 2019
“Each spread includes multiple elements that begin with the designated letter, which will inspire repeated readings. . . . The author and illustrator are both from Nigeria, which, judging by the textual and visual references, is where the story is set. The simplicity of the text is balanced by lively, detailed watercolor illustrations full of movement and the joy of community, resulting in a book that truly is fun.”—Booklist

A Year Around the Great Oak
Gerda Muller | Floris Books | 9781782506027 | October 2019
“The book is an expanded version of a title originally published in Germany in 1991. . . . Following the story is the new material: 12 pages of further information about woodlands, in lovingly illustrated detail.”—Kirkus Reviews

You Throw Like A Girl: The Blind Spot of Masculinity
Don McPherson | Akashic Books/Edge of Sports | 9781617757051 | September 2019
“McPherson wants readers to begin to understand that traditional masculinity is a burden to boys and men, and to help change the narrative handed down to them. . . . This is a valuable contribution to the new choir of traditionally masculine men reevaluating themselves on their own terms.”—Publishers Weekly

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This Week’s Hot News

May-Lan Tan’s Things to Make and Break and Myriam Gurba’s Mean (both Coffee House Press) were included in Electric Literature’s June 14 article “What to Read After Watching ‘Fleabag’.”

The A.V. Club included Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) and Ha Seong-nan’s Flowers of Mold (trans. Janet Hong; Open Letter) on its June 18 list of underrated 2019 books.

Camonghne Felix’s Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books) was recommended by Blavity on June 17.

Jim Harrison: The Essential Poems was excerpted in the Spring 2019 issue of Tricycle Magazine.

C. Joseph Greaves, author of Church of the Graveyard Saints (Torrey House Press), was interviewed on Colorado NPR affiliate Colorado Public Radio on May 31.

Pat Foreman, author of A Tiny Home to Call to Call Your Own (New Society Publishers) was interviewed on Kansas NPR affiliate Kansas Radio Public Radio on June 4.

Jon Steinman, author of Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants (New Society Publishers), was interviewed by Armed Forces Radio’s Voice of America on June 6 and by Kansas NPR affiliate Kansas Public Radio’s Conversations on June 17.

On June 15, Outside Magazine included Amy Irvine’s Desert Cabal: A New Season in the Wilderness (Torrey House Press), Elena Passarello’s Animals Strike Curious Poses (Sarabande Books), and Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus Comics) on a list of the best adventure books of all time.

 On June 17, Publishers Weekly included Tinkers: 10th Anniversary Edition, by Paul Harding and with an introduction by Marilynne Robinson (Bellevue Literary Press) in its annual “Backlist Backbones” feature.

On June 11, the Detroit Metro Times included Michael Zadoorian’s Beautiful Music (Akashic Books) on its summer 2019 reading list for Michigan.

Pasadena Now interviewed Mary Lea Carroll, author of Saint Everywhere: Travels in Search of the Lady Saints (Prospect Park Books), on June 14.

On June 13, Dangerous Minds published an article about Christina Ward’s American Advertising Cookbooks: How Corporations Taught Us to Love Bananas, Spam, and Jell-O (Feral House/Process Media).

NY Spirit published an excerpt from Conversations in the Spirit: Lex Hixon’s WBAI In the Spirit Interviews: A Chronicle of the Seventies Spiritual Revolution (Monkfish Book Publishing) in its June 16 issue.

Books and Bao included Christina Hesselholdt’s Vivian (trans. Paul Russell Garrett; Fitzcarraldo Editions), Naguib Mahfouz’s The Quarter (trans. Roger Allen; Saqi Books), Wioletta Greg’s Accommodations (trans. Jennifer Croft; Transit Books) on its June 18 list of best translated books of summer 2019.

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This Week’s Awards

The results of the 2018 Foreword Reviews Indie Awards were announced on June 14 and over a dozen Consortium titles took home medals! Congratulations to all these authors:

Edna Iturralde’s Green Was My Forest (Mandel Vilar Press), Henriqueta Cristina and Yara Kono’s Three Balls of Wool (trans. Lyn Miller-Lachmann; Enchanted Lion Books), Nari Hong’s Days With Dad (Enchanted Lion Books), Tara Lynn Masih’s My Real Name Is Hanna (Mandel Vilar Press), Donovan Mixon’s Ahgottahandleonit (Cinco Puntos Press), and Xelena González and Adriana M. Garcia’s All Around Us (Cinco Puntos Press) were all recipients of 2019 Skipping Stones Honor Awards.

Annie Besant and Ryika Sen’s The Dragon’s Toothache (Karadi Tales) is shortlisted for the 2020 Jarul Book Children’s Choice Award.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

Ann Quin | And Other Stories | 9781911508540 | June 2019
“This perversely lyrical novel has us rooting for a would-be murderer to just get on with it and kill the guy. . . . Author Ann Quin manages to turn insanity into comedy. . . . What else, besides the demented humor, persuades readers to consent to live in a devolving mind is the manic lyricism, images and metaphors spinning wildly and beautifully out of control. Madcap humor and dark psychology combine in this brilliant riot of a novel, first published in 1964, by a witty British writer who died too young.”—The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Empty Words
Mario Levrero, trans. Annie McDermott | Coffee House Press | 9781566895460 | May 2019
Empty Words contains two threads: the handwriting exercises (complete with distractions) and what Levrero calls ‘The Discourse,’ which has the stated aim of being about nothing. . . . As with the writing exercises, the rules here are strictly limiting. Seen another way, they are freeing. By throwing off the burden of an idea, Levrero can follow his ‘Discourse’ wherever it takes him.”—Rain Taxi

Mitochondrial Night
Ed Bok Lee | Coffee House Press | 9781566895323 | March 2019
“There is a connection between the lofty stars and the microscopic building blocks of life. Lee weaves these threads throughout the collection, tapping into the ways in which we deal with the universality of life. . . . Mitochondrial Night is an emotional and inquisitive investigation into the human condition that might just bring us one step closer to understanding our inescapable humanity.”—Rain Taxi

A Student of History
Nina Revoyr | Akashic Books | 9781617756641 | March 2019
A Student of History continues the tradition of the Los Angeles oil novel, but steers it in a new direction.”—Rain Taxi

When I Grow Up I Want to Be a List of Further Possibilities
Chen Chen | BOA Editions | 9781942683339 | April 2017
“A total thrill of a debut poetry collection, gay Chinese-American poet Chen crafts a perfect balance of heartbreak and laugh-out-loud humor with pitch-perfect cadence and rhythm.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

Build Yourself a Boat
Camonghne Felix | Haymarket Books | 9781608466115 | April 2019
“Felix explores what it means, politically to be a black woman in a world of Trump and personally, exploring the ways heartbreak and other points of pain change a person and their body. Build Yourself a Boat was exactly what I needed to read, and revisit, this season as men decided what women should do with their bodies and as I learned to manage heartbreak.”Electric Literature

The Ugly Truth: A Riley Ellison Mystery
Jill Orr | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551444 | June 2019
“This is the third title in Orr’s Riley Ellison mystery series, a string of books which nimbly combines whodunit tropes with a refreshingly contemporary sense of humor and well-drawn small-town characters.”—Columbia Tribune

“Muslim”: A Novel
Zahia Rahmani, trans. Matt Reeck | Deep Vellum | 9781941920756 | March 2019
“Rahmani’s language flows freely like water, despite the weight of her words and their inferences. Her writing is impactful and profound as she attempts to close the gaps in herself, trying to understand her own identity or, rather, one that has been forced upon her.”—Arab News

The Science of Lost Futures
Ryan Habermeyer | BOA Editions | 9781942683605 | May 2018
“In prose that is both eminently readable and reliably beautiful, Habermeyer uses laughter to make you think, thoughtfulness to make you laugh, and all of this to make you feel. The Science of Lost Futures is stranger than truth, and likely stranger than most works of fiction, too. But beneath its disarming charm and evocative imagination is a big beating heart.”—The Harvard Review

House of the Black Spot
Ben Sears | Koyama Press | 9781927668672 | May 2019
“Sears’ strength is absolutely as a visual storyteller, but there’s enough happening in his engaging characters, involving storylines, and light-fingered explorations of contemporary issues that the books are always something to look forward to, and the latest, House of the Black Spot, is a perfect example.”—The Comics Journal

When I Arrived at the Castle
Emily Carroll | Koyama Press | 9781927668689 | April 2019
“The perfect horror story for a rainy day or some night shrouded in fog. . . . A blood-drenched romance and a cartoon gothic opera.”—New York Journal of Books

Berlin Noir
edited by Thomas Wörtche | Akashic Books | 9781617756320 | May 2019
“The thirteen tales are well chosen and the collection skillfully put together by Wörtche. . . . This is definitely a book that should be on the list of all noir lovers.”—New York Journal of Books

The Cursed Hermit
Kris Bertin and Alexander Forbes | Conundrum Press | 9781772620306 | October 2019
“Hobtown feels 90s, cool kids peeled off a Lookout Records sticker, and creepy townies as Liquid Television nightmares. It’s proper, and professional, but it’s also punk. If Ted Stearn was working with PT Anderson. A comedic tumble down into the heart of rural darkness.”—Doom Rocket

Jean-Philippe Blondel, trans. Alison Anderson | New Vessel Press | 9781939931672 | June 2019
“Fun and delightful. . . . you’ll find it impossible to tear yourself from the page. It’s compelling, sorrowful, playful, and at once completely believable and mature. . . . Love and intimacy, romance and sexuality—they’re all portrayed with a real deft hand by Blondel.”—Books and Bao

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This Week’s Hot News

Stephanie Burt mentioned C.D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade in an article about poetry for the Wall Street Journal on June 8.

The Los Angeles Times included Brian Evenson’s Song for the Unraveling of the World (Coffee House Press) on its June 10 list of recommended June books.

Andrés R. Edwards, author of Renewal:  How Nature Awakens Our Creativity, Compassion, and Joy (New Society Publishers), was interviewed on Albany, New York NPR affiliate WAMC’s nationally syndicated show The Roundtable on May 16. On May 31, he was interviewed on Kansas City, Kansas NPR affiliate Kansas Public Radio’s Conversations and Grand Rapids, Michigan NPR affiliate WGVU’s Morning Show with Shelley Irwin. He was interviewed on June 3 by Hayward, Wisconsin NPR affiliate WOJB’s Morning Edition with Eric Schubring and on June 5 by Boston radio station WBIX/WXBR’s nationally syndicated The Frankie Boyer Lifestyle Show.

Bustle’s June 11 Pride Month poetry reading list included Jericho Brown’s The Tradition (Copper Canyon Press), Franny Choi’s Soft Science (Alice James Books), jayy dodd’s The Black Condition feat. Narcissus (Nightboat Books), Jan-Henry Gray’s Documents (BOA Editions), Camonghne Felix’s Build Yourself a Boat (Haymarket Books), Keetje Kuipers’s All Its Charms (BOA Editions), and Arielle Twist’s Disintegrate/Dissociate (Arsenal Pulp Press).

Curdella Forbes, author of A Tall History of Sugar (Akashic Books) was interviewed by Publishers Weekly on June 10.

Eve L. Ewing’s 1919 (Haymarket Books) and T Fleischmann’s Time Is the Thing a Body Moves Through (Coffee House Press) were included on Literary Hub’s June 5 list of most anticipated summer books.

Literary Hub interviewed Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos, editors of Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture (The Feminist Press at CUNY), on May 30.

Kevin Allred’s Ain’t I a Diva?: Beyoncé and the Power of Pop Culture Pedagogy (The Feminist Press at CUNY) was excerpted by B*tch Media and Literary Hub on June 11. Allred was also interviewed by B*tch on June 11 and published an original essay on BUST on June 3.

Like This Afternoon Forever by Jamie Manrique (Akashic Books) was excerpted by CrimeReads on June 5. Manrique was interviewed by Gay City News on June 6.

Boston NPR affiliate 90.9’s May 21 list of book recommendations included Edward J. Delany’s The Big Impossible: Novellas + Stories (Turtle Point Press).

Sarah Bowen’s Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose (Monkfish Book Publishing) was included on BookRiot’s June 10 list of recommended memoirs. Bowen was interviewed on Publishers Weekly’s podcast Faithcast, also on June 10.

Elise Levine’s This Wicked Tongue (Biblioasis) is the A.V. Club book to read in June 2019. 

The A.V. Club published a preview of Chris Kuzma’s Lunch Quest (Koyama Books) on June 5.

BookRiot highlighted Trifonia Melibea Obono’s La Bastarda (trans. Lawrence Schimel; the Feminist Press at CUNY), Cristina Rivera Garza’s The Iliac Crest (trans. Sarah Booker; The Feminist Press at CUNY), Zahia Rahmani’s “Muslim”: A Novel (trans. Matt Reeck; Deep Vellum), and Anne Garréta’s Not One Day (trans. Emma Ramadan; Deep Vellum) in a June 11 article about diverse translations.

Electric Literature published an essay by Mui Poopoksakul, who translated Duanwad Pimwana’s Arid Dreams (The Feminist Press at CUNY) on May 28.

Electric Literature included Go Home!: Twenty-Four Journeys from the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the Feminist Press (edited by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan; The Feminist Press at CUNY) on a list of inclusive anthologies on May 31.

The Brooklyn Rail’s June 5 “Summer Round-Up” included C.D. Wright’s Casting Deep Shade (Copper Canyon Press), Asja Bakić’s Mars (trans. Jennifer Zoble; The Feminist Press at CUNY), and Duanwad Pimwana’s Arid Dreams (trans. Mui Poopoksakul; The Feminist Press at CUNY).

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha’s contribution to adrienne maree brown’s Pleasure Activism: The Politics of Feeling Good (AK Press) was excerpted by Yes! Magazine on May 29.

Shawna Potter, author of Making Spaces Safer (AK Press), was interviewed by Alternative Press on May 29 and published an op-ed on Alternet on May 26.

Mary Lea Carroll, author of Saint Everywhere (Prospect Park Books), was interviewed by The Coast News on June 6 and by Satellite Sisters podcast on June 11.

Virgie Tovar, author of You Have the Right to Remain Fat (The Feminist Press at CUNY), was interviewed on Leafly’s The Hash Podcast on May 29.

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This Week’s Hot Reviews

The Dream of Reason
Jenny George | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595196 | April 2018
The Dream of Reason reveals a young poet who is unafraid to explore difficult territory.”—Rain Taxi

Eve L. Ewing | Haymarket Books | 9781608465989 | June 2019
“A mixture of grand voices, hushed laments, and ardent dreams, 1919 resurrects forgotten history.”—The Millions

The Torture Machine: Racism and Police Violence in Chicago
Flint Taylor | Haymarket Books | 9781608468959 | March 2019
“A sad but necessary reminder of how citizens can be victimized by those who are supposed to protect them and how that abuse can poison entire neighborhoods. But it is also a story of a hard-won hope that resulted in some degree of justice for victims and an effort to remind children of what once happened in the hope that it won’t be repeated. The book is a chronicle of tenacity and hope alongside brutality and injustice, and in that way it is a profoundly Chicago story.” —Psychology Today

Song for the Unraveling of the World
Brian Evenson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895484 | June 2019
“[Y]ou will close the volume with the sense that Evenson has one more story to tell—the story of you, the reader, who will move on from reading even as strands of unraveling make it impossible to leave this book completely behind.”—Chicago Review of Books

All Its Charms 
Keetje Kuipers | BOA Editions | 9781942683766 | April 2019
All Its Charms is laced with both hopefulness and the prickling sting of thwarted desire. As Kuipers navigates this tension, she articulates the role of memory as a way to reconnect with meaningful records of the past, but also as a redundant link to painful experiences and people who have wronged us.”—Los Angeles Review of Books

Please Read This Leaflet Carefully
Karen Havelin | Dottir Press | 9781948340052 | May 2019
“By turns angry, consoling, and despondent, the book is a clear-eyed exploration of how women’s health issues are rarely taken seriously.”—The Paris Review

Vintage 1954
Antoine Laurain | Gallic Books | 9781910477670 | June 2019
“Such a great premise: A 2017 drinking party features a 1954 Beaujolais, which magically propels folks back to the Paris of the 1950s. Delightful to the last drop.”—Philadelphia Inquirer

The Library of Small Catastrophes
Alison Rollins | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595394 | April 2019
“The range of Rollins’ poetic skill is remarkable. The result is a collection of poetry which is magnificently crafted, readable, and crucially important.”—New York Journal of Books

Socialist Realism
Trisha Low | Coffee House Press | 9781566895514 | August 2019
Socialist Realism might itself be a parable, in that it dares the reader to interpret it too literally—mistaking the showing of a wound for vulnerability, or uncertainty about political or artistic effects for a lack of commitment—but I count myself among the believers.”—Frieze Magazine

Duveen Brothers and the Market for Decorative Arts, 1880-1940
Charlotte Vignon | GILES | 9781911282341 | June 2019
“Vignon, curator of decorative arts at the Frick, looks at how Duveen Brothers dominated the trade in European decorative arts and Chinese porcelain—and at the firm’s sometimes sharp practices.”—Apollo

When I Arrived at the Castle 
Emily Carroll | Koyama Press | 9781927668689 | April 2019
“Gothic fans rejoice, Emily Carroll has returned with yet another hauntingly stunning graphic novel, When I Arrived at the Castle. It’s the lesbian and vampiric erotic horror story you didn’t know you needed.”—Study Breaks

The Grocery Story: The Promise of Food Co-ops in the Age of Grocery Giants
Jon Steinman | New Society Publishers | 9780865719071 | May 2019
“I never thought a book about grocery stores could be so engaging, but Steinman held my attention from start to finish.”—Treehugger

Frame of Mind: Punk Photos and Essays from Washington, DC and Beyond, 1997–2017
Antonia Tricarico | Akashic Books | 9781617757198 | June 2019
“In the late 1990s in Washington, DC, a seminal era in underground music was born, and photographer Antonia Tricario was steeped in it. Tricario chronicled its musicians, women and men alike, with her powerful and evocative photos, which are collected here in Frame of Mind.”—Brooklyn Digest

Houston Noir
edited by Gwendolyn Zepeda | Akashic Books | 9781617757068 | May 2019
“With sprawl and serial killers, Houston Noir packs a mean punch. . . . [it] is a welcome addition to the city’s slowly filling bookcase.”—Texas Observer

Dance of the Jakaranda
Peter Kimani | Akashic Books | 9781617754968 | February 2017
“Kimani is the first African novelist to use historical fiction to claim Indian diasporic history and political belonging as one that is unquestionably Kenyan . . . Kimani’s most radical contribution in writing Dance of the Jakaranda has been his demonstration of how historians can recover this African South Asian identity. The constitutional recognition given to Indians fifty years after their deportation shifts popular discourse a hair’s breadth away from the politics of indigeneity, giving the South Asian diasporic archive a small but significant opening to locate a thick, albeit contested, history of belonging in its Kenyan homeland—a history, as Kimani reminds us, that is replete with contradictions and rumor.”—American Historical Review

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This Week’s Award Winners

Christine Eber’s When a Woman Rises (Cinco Puntos Press) is a finalist for the Most Inspirational Fiction Book in the International Latino Book Awards.

In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan (Small Beer Press/Big Mouth House) is a finalist for the Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature.

The Clever Tailor by Srividhya Venkat and Nayantara Surendranath (Karadi Tales) won a 2019 Crystal Kite Award from the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in the Middle East/India/Asia category.

Elizabeth McKenzie’s short story “The Big Creep” from Santa Cruz Noir (edited by Susie Bright, Akashic Books) is nominated for Best Private Eye Short Story by the Private Eye Writers of America.

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