This Week’s Reviews

Doomstead Days
Brian Teare | Nightboat Books | 9781643620022 | April 2019
“Teare’s poetry matters for the depth of what it can bring to sensual life. Readers will be grateful to encounter our neurotic, medication-swollen, late-capitalist mess of an era alongside a sensibility so evocative and intense.”—Full Stop

The Remainder
Alia Trabucco Zerán, trans. Sophie Hughes | Coffee House Press | 9781566895507 | August 2019
“A haunted novel, awash with sinister and elegiac moods. It stands as a testament to the way the past can unsettle us.”—Star Tribune

Jakarta
Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, trans. Thomas Bunstead | Coffee House Press | 9781566895637 | November 2019
“Superb. . . this novel signals the arrival of a unique, important voice on the American literary landscape.”—Southwest Review

Constantly
GG | Koyama Press | 9781927668726 | January 2020
GG is a master of the graphic short story.”—PopMatters

Further Up the Path
Daniel Oz, trans. Jessica Coehn | BOA Editions | 9781942683933 | November 2019

“The reader can tease out multiple meanings or simply enjoy the uncommon flow of Oz’s imagery. There are no moral lessons here, as in many classic fables; these can be dark stories, not for children. Oz looks at them not as riddles that have answers but as open questions.” – The Jewish Week

And the Bride Closed the Door
Ronit Matalon, trans. Jessica Cohen | New Vessel Press | 9781939931757 | October 2019
“A riotous satire of wedding-day jitters. Look deeper and it can also stand as a parable of a country divided, and most of all as an absurdist situation comedy of contemporary Israeli family life. . . . Elusive yet powerful, by turns laugh-out-loud funny and tragically sad.”—The Jewish Week

The Bishop’s Bedroom
Piero Chiara, trans. Jill Foulston | New Vessel Press | 9781939931740 | November 2019

“Gem of late 20th century Italian literature. . . . Taking an indirect approach to the thriller genre, Chiara has created a softly seductive narrative filled with nearly as many subtle mysteries as a gothic novel . . . Chiara keeps a weather eye open to larger existential questions as well as to his country’s failings, the underlying seriousness of these concerns benefits from a gentle touch. . . . The narrative also sparkles with a bemused, ironic and piquant humor.”—Seraillon
“It’s all very up-for-anything, postwar dolce vita . . . you’ll fall under the book’s pleasurable, slightly sinister spell and find satisfaction.”—Air Mail

Shaka Rising: A Legend of the Warrior Prince
Luke W. Molver | Story Press Africa | 9781946498984 | January 2018
King Shaka: Zulu Legend
Luke W. Molver | Story Press Africa | 9781946498908 | October 2019

“Imaginative, engaging, and innovative.”—Africa Access

The Love Story of the Century
Märta Tikkanen, trans. Stina Katchadourian | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920930 | February 2020

“Tikkanen has chosen each word carefully to construct a sharp reality where the reader is forced to consider – to very nearly take on for themselves – these conflicting emotions which saturate a life lived with addiction.”–The Nerd Daily

The City of Light
Theodore Bikel and Aimee Ginsburg Bikel, illus. Noah Phillips | MomentBooks | 9781942134619 | December 2019

“The book is perfectly complemented by Noah Phillips’ illustrations that illuminate the story.”—Bookpleasures

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019

“Like little else you’ve read . . . for those who delight in language and unexpected connections between disparate concepts, there are delights aplenty to be found in this slim volume.”—The Watchlist

A Life of My Own
Donna Wilhelm | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920916 | November 2019
“Donna Wilhelm’s richly detailed new memoir examines both her ‘lifelong quest for enlightenment, connection, and a sense of belonging’ and her personal journey that became full of zigzags, reinventions, and unexpected twists before she finally discovered her life’s mission.”—Lone Star Literary Review

Simon & Louise
Max de Radiguès, trans. Aleshia Jensen | Conundrum International Press | 9781772620351 | August 2019
“In de Radiguès’ cleverly constructed parallel narratives we view two worlds that are intimately connected but in this bubble of time converge only tangentially. . . . There’s an existential verisimilitude to Simon & Louise that’s so profound that it leaves us with a sense that somehow their lives and stories will continue to exist and progress somewhere off the page.”—Broken Frontier

Cyborg Detective
Jillian Weise | BOA Editions | 9781942683858 | September 2019
“Cyborg Detective looks into the past as it pushes into the future. Moving deftly between engaging with canonical authors and broken engagements, between Torah and Tinder, Weise focuses on the many ways we see the parts and not the whole and the consequences thereof.”—American Literary Review
“Jillian Weise identifies as a cyborg. Perhaps that explains her outsized wit, exceptional word skills, and confidence.”—Foreword Reviews

Scratching the Head of Chairman Mao
Jonathan Tel | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983725 | January 2020
“Deliciously tangled. . . the book experiments with form in fascinating ways.”—Foreword Reviews

Iced Out
CK Smouha, illus. Isabella Bunnell | Cicada Books | 9781908714626 | November 2019
“Warm colors brighten frigid waters in this humorous tale about standing out, fitting in, and staying cool.”—Foreword Reviews

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind
Victoria Williamson | Kelpies | 9781782506003 | November 2019
“The Boy with the Butterfly Mind is an excellent story for any young reader who has ever felt that they are the cause of their family’s problems.”—Foreword Reviews

My Big Bear, My Little Bear, and Me
Margarita del Mazo, illus. Rocio Bonilla | Kelpies | 9788417123505 | October 2019
“Audiences will follow [the little girl] footprints in the snow alongside Big Bear’s much larger ones, appreciate her sunny outlook, and hopefully recognize the osos grandes and the osos pequeños in their own lives.”—Foreword Reviews 

School Garden Curriculum
Kaci Rae Christopher | New Society Publishers | 9780865719057 | April 2019
“This book offer[s] a comprehensive approach to engaging all elementary/middle grade levels in meaningful garden tasks.”—School Garden Doctor

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