This Week’s Reviews

Black Heroes of the Wild West
James Otis Smith | TOON Books/ TOON Graphics | 9781943145515 | September 2020
“Smith is an exceptional storyteller and you’ll be pulled into the stories immediately.”—Imagination Soup

Martha Moody
Susan Stinson | Small Beer Press | 9781618731807 | December 2020
“Susan Stinson’s substantial and delicious historical novel, Martha Moody, has been reissued by Small Beer Press, and it is certainly cause for celebration. . . . Stinson has invented substantial woman heroes who have agency and imaginations and she’s placed them into a historical novel in ways we had not seen before. . . . But the tale of Martha Moody is just part of this novel’s pleasure. Stinson’s language is joyful and buoyant. Her frame of reference includes liberal doses of Shakespeare, the bible, and Zane Grey, all of which make the novel such a complex and wonderful gift. Read and enjoy— preferably with a cup of tea and a luxuriously buttered biscuit nearby!”—Lambda Literary

Awesome Asian Americans: 20 Stars Who Made America Amazing
Phil Amara, Oliver Chin, illus. Juan Calle | Immedium | 9781597021500 | November 2020
“This will be a welcome addition to our shelves as there are not enough books to reflect the significant accomplishments of Asian Americans, and many of our users will identify with these heroes. The full-color artwork is similar in style to the art in comic books.”—BayViews Association of Children’s Librarians of North Carolina

I Say Collection with Nabil and Noura
Noor H. Dee, illus. Iput | The Islamic Foundation | 9780860377825 | May 2020
“Simple but profound, these books can create understanding of words used by Muslims and Arabic speakers across the globe. Noor H. Dee is an Indonesian author, but Nabil and Noura are racially ambiguous.”—Hijabi Librarians

Kathryn Nuernberger | BOA Editions Ltd. | 9781942683971 | April 2020
“A compendium of antidotes & agents, Nuernberger’s Rue holds the wit & turbulent intention of Cornell’s Pharmacies, the phenomena & miscellany of Wunderkammer, the aplomb & lush intelligence of Marianne Moore’s Garden poetics.”—Poetry Northwest

Ancestry of Objects
Tatiana Ryckman | Deep Vellum Publishing | 9781646050253 | September 2020
“Ryckman’s thickly lyrical language declines to commit to being either poetry or prose. . . . The Ancestry of Objects is a meditation on social performance and the impossibility of presenting yourself in a singular role.”—Full Stop

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