This Week’s Reviews

Jacques and Jacqueline Groag, Architect and Designer
Ursula Prokop, trans. Jonee Tiedemann and Laura McGuire | DoppelHouse Press | 9780999754436 | July 2019
“Ursula Prokop, an independent architectural and design historian in Vienna . . . has performed a meticulous excavation of the lives of these two seminal figures in the Viennese modern movement, who, if not entirely lost to history, previously were mere peripheral actors. This book, originally published in German in 2005, has altered the terrain: the Groags are now very much present in the consciousness of scholars in the field. They are hidden no more, and their rediscovery has prompted some reassessment of them and their work, but also of the history of Viennese design.”—Central European History Journal

The She Said Dialogues
Akilah Oliver | Nightboat Books | 9781643620343 | January 2021
“Not your usual debut collection and maybe that’s because it is the work of an already mature poet, in her late thirties, and embodies a fully realized and distinctive aesthetic. In particular, her reconception of the poetic line is what gives the work its power… It’s the sequencing of such units within each line that gives Oliver’s best poems their serendipitous capaciousness, their unhistrionic emotional frankness, and their urgent rhythm—a distinctive sense of measure that reminds me of no one else’s.”—Tourniquet Review

Eclogues in a Mustard Seed Garden
Glenn Mott | Turtle Point Press | 9781885983855 | March 2021
“With Eclogues in a Mustard Seed Garden, gleeful Glenn Mott arrives with a quiver of eclogues, couplets, Zen epigrams, and you-name-it literary mischief. The fun is all ours.”—Foreword Reviews

On Property
Rinaldo Walcott | Biblioasis | 9781771964074 | June 2021
“Running a brief but far-reaching and punchy 96 pages, On Property has an absolute certainty of purpose: calling for the abolition of private property ownership. A professor of Black, Canadian, cultural, queer and gender studies at the University of Toronto, Rinaldo Walcott serves up a pamphlet — a fundamentally activistic genre with roots stretching back to the mid-1700s — about radical abolitionism for the tense North American cultural moment of the present day.”—Toronto Star

The Night Walk
Marie Dorléans | Floris Books | 9781782506393 | April 2021
“Especially appropriate and recommended for family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections, The Night Walk by author and illustrator Marie Dorleans is a beautiful and evocative picture book for children ages 3-7 that movingly recalls family trips and the excitement of unknown adventure, while celebrating the awe-inspiring joy of the natural world.”—Midwest Book Review

The New Baby and Me
Christine Kidney | Tiny Owl Publishing | 9781910328187 | November 2020
“A simply beautiful produced picture book that celebrates individuality and imagination, with additional ideas for art and collage activities included to help prepare for a new sibling, The New Baby and Me is an ideal and unreservedly recommended for families with children expecting a new addition a new sibling, as well as daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library collections for children ages 3-6.”—Midwest Book Review

I’m A Wild Seed
Sharon Lee De La Cruz | Street Noise Books | 9781951491055 | April 2021
“In this vibrant and insightful collection of autobiographical comics, Sharon Lee De La Cruz reflects on queerness, Blackness, feminism and freedom.”—Ms. Magazine

Creatures of Passage
Morowa Yejidé | Akashic Books | 9781617758768 | March 2021
“Hauntingly magical, this sophomore novel by Morowa Yejidé centers a young woman dealing with the loss of her brother, her young great-nephew who mysteriously shows up at her door and Washington, DC, the city that provides an otherworldly backdrop to this imaginative thriller.”—Ms. Magazine

Temporary
Hilary Leichter | Coffee House Press | 9781566895668 | March 2020
In the tradition of satirists from Jonathan Swift to Helen DeWitt, Leichter builds a world that’s absurd, but familiar enough to give pause.”—Financial Times

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