This Week’s Reviews

Mentors: The Making of an Art Historian
Francis M. Naumann | Doppelhouse Press | 9780999754467 | May 2019

“Naumann allows the reader to see how patterns of sexual comradery among prominent male scholars reinforced the masculinization of art historical scholarship. Naumann broke with that sexist world when, to both Steinberg’s and Rewald’s befuddlement, he took an interest in the work of Beatrice Wood. . . . He played a tireless role in reigniting her art world career . . . something he has continued to do for other forgotten women Dada and Surrealist artists including Mary Callery, Henrietta Myers, and Maria Martins. Wood became Naumann’s “closest friend and confidant” until her death at 105 in 1998. . . . The course of Naumann’s life directed by his choice to adopt different aspects of his mentors, shows how we become ourselves through the ongoing transformation spawned by these relationships.”—Brooklyn Rail

Keeping / the window open
Rosmarie and Keith Waldrop, edit. Ben Lerner | Wave Books | 9781940696690 | May 2019
“Everyone will discover something new; this is a book for dedicated Waldrop fans and unacquainted readers alike.”—Full Stop

Where You’re All Going
Joan Frank | Sarabande Books | 9781946448507 | February 2020
“Several years ago, I read the first of the novellas, Biting the Moon, bound in this collection. I was blown away by the story of a woman remembering her lover, a film-music composer, after his death. On that day, I became a lifelong fan of Joan Frank’s writing.”—The Quivering Pen

I Am A Promise
Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce with Ashley Rousseau, illus. Rachel Moss | Akashic Books/Black Sheep | 9781617757648 | February 2020
“Takes readers on a journey from [Shelly Ann Fraser Pryce’s] childhood to the Olympics. It’s her story about dreaming big and turning those dreams into reality.”—New York Amsterdam News

Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020
“A shining debut novel.”—Necessary Fiction

The Book of Householder Koans
Eve Myonen Marko and Wendy Egyoku Nakao | Monkfish Book Publishing | 9781948626088 | February 2020
“At every turn, the authors warmly urge us to reengage with our ordinary circumstances through an extra-ordinary lens. The book provides no pedantic solutions, instead offering itself as an open workbook with which to navigate the problems that come with being human.”—Buddhadharma

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