This Week’s Reviews

Vintage 1954
Antoine Lauraine | Gallic Books | 978191047767 | June 2019
“Laurain’s Vintage 1954 is warm and witty and the cameos surprise us like bubbles in prosecco on a warm day.”—Seattle Book Review

“An enjoyable voyage into an idealistic Paris of the past. With elements of romance and science fiction interlaced within the narrative, Vintage 1954 is a light and fun read.”—Historical Novels Review

This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession
Cameron Dezen Hammon | Lookout Books | 9781940596327 | October 2019
“A moving, valuable look at the social structures of evangelical Christianity, the treatment of women artists, and the challenge of remaining present in a marriage. . . . Stories from her career are fascinating and touching, and they expose infuriating sexism.”—Foreword Reviews

The Goose Fritz
Sergei Lebedev, trans. Antonina W. Bouis | New Vessel Press | 9781939931641 | March 2019
The Goose Fritz is a fascinating variation of the ‘scapegoat’ narrative that according to René Girard underlies society’s organization around a sacrificial victim, upon which its evils can be projected. . . . Can any man or woman—escape the destiny of being stereotyped, based on his or her ethnic or national identity? It is a pertinent question to ask even in our so-called, modern times.”—Historical Novels Review

Berg
Ann Quin | And Other Stories | 9781911508540 | June 2019
“Desire is the air Quin’s characters breathe, but it’s an anarchic force that never conforms to the parameters of bourgeois life (or linear storytelling for that matter). If Quin’s novels were more readily available, Kathy Acker, whom Quin is often seen to prefigure, would surely have cribbed them. . . . An Oedipal farce set in a seedy British seaside resort, the book’s antihero lurches between plotting to murder his estranged father, who loves his ventriloquist’s dummy more than the son he abandoned, and trying to fuck his father’s younger girlfriend Judith, an obvious stand-in for his mother. In other words, the perfect beach read!”—BOMB Magazine

China Smart: What You Don’t Know, What You Need to Know— A Past & Present Guide to History, Culture, Society, Language
Larry Herzberg | Stone Bridge Press | 9781611720501 | May 2019
“An invaluable resource for travelers to China as well as those who want to learn more about the country in a succinct format without having the need to page through dry and dense history tomes.”—The Manhattan Book Review

The Wolf Who Solved the Mystery of the Missing Mask
Orianne Lallemand, illus. Eleonore Thuillier | Auzou | 9782733867402 | August 2019
“This is a great story for children ages six and under, and adults will enjoy reading it to their kid as they get to help solve a mystery and discover the wonders of a museum at the same time! – Reviewed By: Ania – Age 8”—Kids Book Buzz

Compliments of Chicagohoodz-Chicago Street Gang Art & Culture
Jinx & Mr C. | Feral House | 9781627310659 | May 2019
Compliments of Chicagohoodz is the true story—factual, researched, mapped, documented—the sources are legit. The photographs are portals into a time when now-high-rent districts of Chicago were wild with gunshots, broken bottles, symbolic graffiti, coded language and tribal warfare. If you live on the North or West Side, it may be fun to look at the maps in the back pages to see that you may live in a Latin King or Simon City Royal hood, that those chips in the bricks near your front door were made by bullets aimed at the heads of former residents.”—New City Lit

German Calendar, No December
Syllvia Ofili, Birgit Weyhe | Cassava Republic Press | 9781911115618 | May 2019
“Ofili and Weyhe both have backgrounds that bear similarities to Olivia’s, and although German Calendar‘s writing and artwork are superb, perhaps the book’s greatest strength is that it rings true. It’s a coming-of-age story that emphasizes personal growth, maturity, and a wider view of the world.”—Foreword Reviews

The Whale, the Sea and the Stars
Adrian Macho | Floris Books | 9781782505594 | July 2019
“Beautiful, organic illustrations filter light and shadow with decorative vines and swirling water, the result resembling antique etched woodwork. A whale crosses oceans to follow her heart and the stars in this magical underwater tale of happiness, homecoming, and new beginnings.”—Foreword Reviews

Cinderella of the Nile
Beverly Naidoo, illus. Marjan Vafaeian | Tiny Owl Press | 9781910328293 | July 2019
“Inspired by the earliest known accounts of a poor girl whose luck is changed with a prince and lost slipper, the book’s exotic illustrations conjure ancient times and customs, depicting a Cinderella with fiery hair, Grecian robes, and, in a nod to the master storyteller himself, a wise old friend named Aesop.”—Foreword Reviews

Spiritual Rebel: A Positively Addictive Guide to Finding Deeper Perspective and Higher Purpose
Sarah Bowen | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626040 | June 2019
“Bowen’s delightful book smashes assumptions and stereotypes while managing deep respect for diverse beliefs. As soon as I finished it, I knew that I wanted to read it again and again.”—Science of Mind Magazine

Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy
The School of Life | The School of Life | 9781999747145| September 2019
“Quirky, playful art graces the interior and end papers, helping to keep the mood of the book positive and the concepts appealing.”—Youth Services Book Review

A Million Dots
Sven Völker | Cicada Books | 9781908714664 | September 2019
“The modern graphics provided by Sven Volker make this book an interesting ‘read’ on the concept of numbers. . . . There is not a story but there can be some interesting discussion associated with this book. . . . As an added bonus, the last page opens up to reveal a panoramic page that is about 4 feet long—kids love this kind of thing!”—Youth Services Book Review 

When I Colored in the World
Tiny Owl Press | 9781910328491 | May 2019
“Ahmadi sends a powerful message of hope to young children today through this creative, inspiring story! Though When I Colored in the World is relatively short, its words speak loudly, magnifying messages of optimism and inspiration across its colorful pages.”—Tulsa Book Review

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