This Week’s Reviews

We Had No Rules
Corinne Manning | Arsenal Pulp Press | 9781551527994 | May 2020
“Wistful, funny, angry, bitter, raw—Manning both shocks and enthralls.”—Booklist, starred review

Temporary
Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020 
“The near-farcical chaos of the gig economy is explored in this story of a young woman’s journey through a series of increasingly wild job placements, from shining shoes to swabbing the deck of a pirate ship.”—Vogue

I Love Myself When I Am Laughing… And Then Again When I Am Looking Mean and Impressive
Zora Neale Hurston, edit. Alice Walker | The Feminist Press at CUNY | 9781936932733 | January 2020

“Hurston was the ultimate independent woman and one of the greatest writers who ever touched a pen. This collection was the first Hurston reader, edited by Walker and published in the 1970s . . . . While much of her work is very much about community, it, like her, in many ways stands alone.”—Seattle Times 

Growing Up Below Sea Level: A Kibbutz Childhood
Rachel Biale | Mandel Vilar Press | 9781942134633 | April 2020
“Rachel Biale’s fresh and vivid stories of her kibbutz childhood, raised in the biblical landscape of the Jordan River by European-born parents and community who had barely fled the Nazis, are pulsating with love and unblinking insight into the early kibbutz life. I read these stories with amazement and deep personal recognition. Literature is still the best path to grasping the heart Israel, and these stories touch on a pivotal moment in the young country’s history, geography, and social dreams.”—San Diego Jewish Review

Wage Slaves
Daria Bogdanska, trans. Hanna Strömberg | Conundrum International | 9781772620368 | May 2019
“In Wage Slaves, Bogdanska captures how distressing it can be to search for a new job, especially in a new country. This is definitely an important read if either of these have ever been applicable to you, but also imperative for those who have no relation to them; as a reminder of this privilege, and a step inside how bad things can be for others.”—Broken Frontier

Bigfoot Baby
Elias Barks, illus. Meg Hunt | Hazy Dell Press | 9781948931083 | April 2020
“From the Hazy Dell Flap Book series of innovative lift-the-flap adventures comes a new monster to explore with: a pintsized sasquatch. Durable, chunky pages and insets guarantee endless no-tear fun for small hands and inquisitive minds. Look around the forest for Bigfoot Baby, running wild through the trees, playing with bears, or reading in a camper’s tent, adorably furry and with one pointy tooth. Fairies, mushroom houses, and cheerful rhymes complete the multisensory experience.”—Foreword Reviews

The Joy of Movement
Mary Lynn Hafner | Redleaf Press | 9781605546421 | January 2019
“A practical manual filled with ready-to-use lesson plans that are both developmentally designed and respectful of the maxim that learning is fun. . . This gem of a book is surely useful in a preschool classroom. It may also be just the tool for energizing and motivating teachers who are ready to discover the joy of movement for themselves.”—Texas Child Care Monthly

Building Structures with Young Children
Ingrid Chalufour and Karen Worth | Redleaf Press | 9781929610501 | 2004
“Building Structures guides teachers with concrete and practical tips in the transition from open exploration of blocks—size, shape, and balance—to purposeful and focused explorations that produce an authentic understanding of how structures work. Most valuable, especially for teachers unfamiliar with the opportunities that block play offers, is a chapter devoted to getting ready—putting on a scientist mindset, building a teaching plan, and preparing the environment. . . This book has earned its place in your program’s library and regular attention in teacher development workshops.”—Texas Child Care Quarterly

Girls Lost
Jessica Schiefauer, trans. Saskia Vogel | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920954 | March 202
“While its plot is relatively easy to summarize—three teenagers discover that a mysterious plant can change them from boys to girls—Jessica Schiefauer’s Girls Lost doesn’t avoid the complexities that could arise from such a scenario. The ways in which desire and identity converge within the pages of this book have the power to haunt, even as the narrative moves forward at a rapid pace. It’s a page-turner that lingers.”—Words Without Borders

Seven Samurai Swept Away in a River
Jung Young Moon, trans. Yewon Jung | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781941920855 | December 2019
“Ridiculous in the best way.”—D Magazine

Temporary
Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020
“At a time when pop culture abounds with incisive takes on people’s relationship to their jobs — from Rob Hart’s dystopian The Warehouse to Bong Joon-ho’s acclaimed film Parasite—Leichter’s novel finds space for both intimacy and expansiveness. It’s like little else you’ll read, but its emotional resonance is all too familiar.”—Star Tribune

The Book of Anna
Carmen Boullosa, trans. Samantha Schnee | Coffee House Press | 9781566895774 | April 2020
“Threads characters from Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece into an innovative narrative caper that blends history, fiction, and fairytale. . . . The sheer innovation of Boullosa’s multi-layered narrative presents the reader with a nesting doll of fictions and histories—threads that intertwine questions of self-hood, artistic creation, and the many-layered voices of political change. The Book of Anna marks the rare achievement of a writer who balances the weight of Tolstoy’s complicated genius with her own interpretation of events, real and fictitious, with unmitigated brio and a touch of mischievous whimsy. It will surely become a modern classic.”—Paperback Paris

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