This Week’s Reviews

City on Fire
Antony Dapiran | Scribe | 9781950354276 | June 2020
“[A] commanding firsthand account of the recent—and ongoing—protests. . . . Excellent reportage that is of critical importance in understanding contemporary Chinese politics.” —Kirkus Reviews

In My Anaana’s Amautik
Nadia Sammurtok, illus. Lenny Lishchenko | Inhabit Media | 9781772272529 | April 2020
“This gentle story elevates the feelings of comfort and security that the amautik enable.” —Horn Book

Stardust to Stardust
Erik Olin Wright | Haymarket Books | 9781642591583 | July 2020
“The overall effect of his fortitude and humor is one of delight. These touching, wise remembrances demonstrate how joys can arise from even the darkest moments.”—Publishers Weekly

I Don’t Expect Anyone to Believe Me
Juan Pablo Villalobos, trans. Daniel Hahn | And Other Stories | 9781911508489 | May 2020
“[An] entertaining farce.” —The New York Times

The Eighth Life
Nino Haratischvili, trans. Charlotte Collins | Scribe | 9781950354146 | April 2020 
“This multigenerational epic . . . offers not only a critique of Soviet and Russian imperial ambitions but a necessary reappraisal of Georgian history.” —The New Yorker

Dorothea Lasky | Wave Books | 9781940696911 | October 2019
“Personally, Lasky has convinced me to never underestimate the tragic power of this world, and committed to continually expand my conception of what is possible.”—Prism Magazine

Sion’s Misfortune
Chen Jiafei, illus. Wang Ran | Karadi Tales Picturebooks | 9788193654255 | September 2020
“The artwork provided by Wang Ran provides a beautiful complement to this story. . . . Perfect for children over the age of four years.”—Youth Services Book Reviews

I Belong to Vienna
Anna Goldenberg, trans Alta L. Price | New Vessel Press | 9781939931849 | June 2020
“The value and virtue of this book is that it personalizes and humanizes a global reign of terror into an understandable drama.”—Arts Fuse

The Blue Absolute
Aaron Shurin | Nightboat Books | 9781643620169 | February 2020
The Blue Absolute‘s sonic felicity binds each page to a common score which draws from song its deep notes, an encompassing melopoeia that subtends the whole. Whether held in a knot of anguish or bliss, whether echoing hollow nights or breathing along pelicans, wind, trees, and storms, the poem will always tilt toward an upper limit, melody, which is its own kind of transcending shiver.”—Fence

Michael DeForge | Koyama Press | 9781927668696 | September 2019
Short form in narrative and physical size, Michael DeForge’s Stunt delivers a concentrated, high-octane hit.”—Broken Frontier

The Story I Am
Roger Rosenblatt | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983787 | April 2020
“A hymn of praise for the craft of weaving words in order to survive.”—Washington Independent Review of Books

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