This Week’s Reviews

Lima :: Limón
Natalie Scenters-Zapico | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595318 | May 2019
“Mostly brutal, occasionally tender, and sometimes insurgent, Natalie Scenters-Zapico’s Lima :: Limón is as hostile and beckoning to be crossed into as the U.S./Mexico borderlands it explores. . . . These poems and their techniques are unfiltered and bitter and ruthless in their look at the lives of those who—due to cultural, socioeconomic, and political circumstances—are most vulnerable to being sliced open and ravaged at their cores.”—On the Seawall

Bloody Seoul
Sonia Patel | Cinco Puntos Press | 9781947627215 | August 2019
“Poetic, fast-paced and electrifying . . . Patel’s writing shines. Her words flow across the page like a poem—descriptive yet succinct, observant of an entire world in so few phrases.”—Cleaver Magazine

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans. Jessica Cohen | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“Brim­ming with wise and com­pas­sion­ate com­men­tary on a pletho­ra of con­cerns: cul­tur­al­ly-imposed gen­der roles, the role of pub­lic and pri­vate mem­o­ry, and the dys­func­tions that dri­ve fam­i­lies apart. . . . And the Bride Closed the Door offers its read­ers all the more rea­son to mourn the loss of Matalon’s bold, uncom­pro­mis­ing voice.”—Jewish Book Council

The Big Ideas for Curious Minds: An Introduction to Philosophy
edited by The School of Life | The School of Life | 9781999747145 | September 2019
“This compassionate work also imparts the hows of being compassionate and empathetic to others, and the language is always clear. Refined, warm, and inviting illustrations of philosophers, objects, and scenes have a hint of the irreverence, showcasing playful facial expressions through impeccable sketches.”—Foreword Reviews

Blood Sisters
Kim Yideum, trans. Jiyoon Lee | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920770 | July 2019
“A thought-provoking and powerful novel.”—Three Percent

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