This Week’s Reviews

We Both Laughed in Pleasure: The Selected Diaries of Lou Sullivan
Ellis Martin and Zach Ozma, editors | Nightboat Books | 9781643620176 | September 2019
“This fascinating publication reveals the personal musings of Lou Sullivan, a trans mans who lived in both Milwaukee and San Francisco during his lifetime. Through his journals, Sullivan, one of the first openly gay trans men to medically transition, earnestly details his various desires, heartbreaks, and triumphs. The book also provides a vivid and complex snapshot of LGBTQ culture in the latter half of the 20th century.”—Lambda Literary

Iced in Paradise
Naomi Hirahara | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551598 | September 2019
“While I enjoyed the unusual characters and the surprising conclusion, what set this apart from most mysteries was the unique politics of the island. . . . What adds realism to the story is the author’s occasional use of Hawaiian dialect by the islanders.”—Mystery Scene Magazine

The Big Impossible: Novellas + Stories​
Edward J. Delaney | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983743 | September 2019
“Deeply nuanced, delicately crafted, and empathetic works of near magic.”—Chicago Review of Books

Bradley of Him
Connor Willumsen | Koyama Press | 9781927668733 | November 2019
Bradley of Him feels like a new cult classic, an addition to the lexicon of modern outsider storytellers and haunted urban dreamers.”—The Comics Beat

The Not Wives
Carley Moore | The Feminist Press at CUNY/Amethyst Editions | 9781936932689 | September 2019
“Moore . . . writes with assurance and rueful humor. The tight chapters, which shift among the three storylines, give the book a fast pace, and Moore intersperses them with captivating list-poems about husbands, wives, and children.”—The Rumpus

Flowers of Mold
Ha Seong-nan, trans. Janet Hong | Open Letter | 9781940953960 | April 2019
Flowers of Mold offers readers an alternative perspective on city life, relationships, and ambition; and while it may be dark and unrelenting, it is also hauntingly lyrical.”—World Literature Today

Night School
Zsófia Bán, trans. Jim Tucker | Open Letter | 9781940953885 | January 2019
“Chiseling some of the great monuments of cultural history into pebbles, Bán ends up rearranging the pieces in intriguing forms, to the delight of the already learned student.”—World Literature Today

Ascend Ascend
Janaka Stucky | Third Man Books | 9780997457834 | April 2019
“This book is necessary for our dying, troubled world. There needs to be a massive transformation in how we view ourselves and our relationship to the world around us, one that is not informed by the abject quest for wealth, for validation, for war. This is one of many beginnings toward that end, and I could envision us all buzzing Hallelujah into the abyss.”—Tarpaulin Sky

King Shaka, Zulu Legend
Luke W. Molver | Catalyst Press/Story Press Africa | October 2019
“A bright, brilliant, dark, and turbulent story.”—New York Journal of Books

Empires
John Balaban | Copper Canyon Press | 9781556595707 | September 2019
“Each poem is multilayered, which enables multiple interpretations. There are many ways to enjoy poems, and Balaban satisfies all in this collection of permanent memories, memories of war, showgirls, coyotes, and so many more.”—New York Journal of Books

Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer: Two Hidden Figures of the Viennese Modern Movement
Ursula Prokop, trans. Jonee Tiedemann and Laura McGuire | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754436 | July 2019
“With skills in architecture, interior design, textiles, paintings, and other aspects of art and design, the Groags were capable of creating complete environments.”—Archidose

The Ugly Truth
Jill Orr | Prospect Park Books | 9781945551444 | June 2019
“Orr’s books are fast and fun reads that leave you wondering what will happen next in Ellison’s life.”—Virginia Living Magazine

A Children’s Guide to Arctic Butterflies 
Mia Pelletier, illus. Danny Christopher | Inhabit Media | 9781772271775 | August 2019
“Though there only several dozen butterfly species found on the tundra in the North American Arctic, this attractively illustrated volume teaches about the life cycle of twelve different species, how they survive the Arctic winters and each includes a ‘Fluttering Fact’ about it.”—Youth Services Book Review

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