This Week’s Reviews

Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing
Phil Amara, Oliver Chin, illus. Juan Calle | Immedium | 9781597021500 | November 2020
“A unique compendium of outstanding Asian Americans in terms of their lives and accomplishments, Awesome Asian Americans is an extraordinary, informative, and thoroughly ‘kid friendly’ in organization and presentation—making it an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, middle school, and community library collections.”—Midwest Book Review

The Youngest Boy
Jim Heynen, illus. Tom Pohrt | Holy Cow! Press | 9781513645599 | April 2021

“Short and intense enough to be considered prose poems, wise enough to be called parables, these stories are populated with one-armed women and farm auctioneers and ‘arguing, daydreaming boys.”—Star Tribune

The Wolf’s Trail
Thomas D. Peacock | Holy Cow! Press | 9781513645629 | June 2020
“Throughout the book, Uncle’s stories instill in the pups the bond with humans, even when the humans are having hard times. It is the story of the Ojibwe people from their beginnings to their adaptation to the changing world.”—Pioneer Press

Reel Bay
Jana Larson | Coffee House Press | 9781566895989 | January 2021
“A captivating blend of memoir, true-crime, meditation on women in film, and fantasy. . . . Larson captures both the fanaticism of creative fixation and the listlessness of artistic existential dread with clarity and empathy.”—Arkansas International

Mrs. Murakami’s Garden
Mario Bellatin, Heather Cleary | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781646050291 | December 2020
“The Peruvian Mexican writer Mario Bellatin has produced one of the weirdest and wildest contemporary literary oeuvres in the Spanish language. . . . Underneath this all lies a keen sensitivity to human suffering often represented in the form of absence, loss, and the ghosts they leave behind.”—World Literature Today

We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics
Edit. Andrea Abi-Karam & Kay Gabriel | Nightboat Books | 9781643620336 | October 2020
“Anthologies, like canons, often fall apart when looked at with any sincerity. The intention to encapsulate poets of a specific identity often fails in one or more respects due to the multitudes they contain. Andrea Abi-Karam and Kay Gabriel, co-editors of We Want It All: An Anthology of Radical Trans Poetics, take up this problem of representation — specifically of trans lives… These are poems that do not compromise.”—Hyperallergic

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