This Week’s Reviews

Love Drones
Noam Dorr | Sarabande Books | 9781946448385 | July 2019
“Com­plex and thick with won­der and curios­i­ty.”—Jewish Book Council
Love Drones makes us reconsider what we take for granted and reveals new networks of communication — geopolitical, emotional, and aesthetic.”—Full Stop

Acting Out!: Avoid Behavior Challenged with Active Learning Games and Activities
Rae Pica | Redleaf Press | 9781605546964 | November 2019

“Research based, insightful, and accessible, Rae Pica’s newest professional development book is essential for teachers who want to understand, practice, and share the principles behind active learning.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

Action in the Orchards
Fred Schmalz | Nightboat Books | 9781937658984 | April 2019
“The strength of Schmalz works lays in his willingness to conceal or reveal the source material. This frees the poems from the sources while not always detaching them from a tether to meaning. He approaches ekphrasis with nimbleness that serves the work and the reader well.”— Your Impossible Voice

Beautiful Aliens
Steve Abbott, edit. Jamie Townsend | Nightboat Books | 9781643620152 | December 2019
“When Steve Abbott drove his VW bug over the Golden Gate Bridge into San Francisco in the summer of 1974, there was a palpable queer energy, like a hot wire, running through the City by the Bay. . . . Beautiful Aliens is a selection of Abbott’s essays, fiction, poems, and poetry cartoons, illustrating Abbott’s creative range and versatility.”—The Gay & Lesbian Review

The Road to Urbino
Roma Tearne | Gallic Books/Aardvark Bureau | 9781910709481 | January 2020
The Road to Urbino is an original literary experience that begs consumption in moments of quiet relaxation in which it may fully cast its spell—and it will cast that spell.”—Foreword Reviews

Sketch Every Day
Simone Grünewald | 3DTotal Publishing | 9781909414907 | November 2019
“The text is clear, concise, easy to follow, and written in an engaging and accessible manner. I really enjoyed reading about her career, on how she started out, progress, develop her style and going into freelance. This is a great book for those who want to start drawing, or draw more consistently.”—Parka Blogs

Creating Characters for the Entertainment Industry
Keith Anderson | 3DTotal Publishing |
9781909414860 | August 2019
“[The tutorials are] a fascinating chance to look at what goes into designing the same character for different platforms and how these subtle changes help them to achieve unique goals. And as well as being useful artistically, these tutorials elegantly show how to tackle the various feedback hurdles you’re likely to encounter when working as a pro.”—ImagineFX Magazine

Jakarta
Rodrigo Márquez Tizano, trans. Thomas Bunstead | Coffee House Press 9781566895637 | November 2019
“A taut novel, with lyrical prose.”—World Literature Today

From the Shadows
Juan José Millás, trans. Thomas Bunstead and Daniel Hahn | Bellevue Literary Press | 9781942658665 | August 2019
“A seductive narrator, brisk dialogue, and a unique claustrophobic setting contribute to a distinctive blend of Kafka’s surrealism and Pirandello’s absurdism. The slim novel is a quick, riveting read.”—World Literature Today

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

“A free-floating thought experiment with loads of laughs.”—Cyn’s Workshop

Honey, I Killed the Cats
Dorota Maslowska, trans. Benjamin Paloff | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920824 | October 2019

“Masłowska is able to explore the psychological impact of living in the nightmarish hypercapitalist system she has created—a terrifying fun-house take on our own—with moving depth and precision.”—World Literature Today

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