This Week’s News and Reviews

Divya Victor | Nightboat Books | 9781643620701 | April 2021
“Curb highlights an ongoing injustice in this country: that the only thing that connects an immigrant to the American land after their death (or murder) will be a ‘written/ . . . scrap tied to a place / which holds your feet / to the ground.’ Victor’s collection is thus a must-read, in its offering of a moving critique of the South Asian immigrant experience within post 9/11 America.”—Ploughshares Blog

The Pocket Chaotic
Ziggy Hanaor, illus. Daniel Gray-Barnett | Cicada Books | 9781908714800 | April 2021
“From the witty title, to the delightful endpapers, The Pocket Chaotic is a charming story about becoming independent and growing up…Adult readers will wonder, is mom Nancy Machiavellian, or just messy? Either way, The Pocket Chaotic is both entertaining and comforting. That’s a neat (ha!) trick.”—Mr. Alex’s Bookshelf

The Night Walk
Marie Dorléans | Floris Books | 9781782506393 | April 2021
“Never hurried, this eloquent story is a beautifully measured tale not unlike one giant inhale (the journey) followed by a long, happy exhale (the closing spreads). Pick up a copy and make a night of it.”—Bookpage

Sadiq Wants to Stitch
Mamta Nainy, Niloufer Wadia | Karadi Tales Picturebooks | 9788193388914 | September 2020
The book with it’s happy ending, strong mother-son relationship, with information about the Bakarwals at the end of the book is a treat to read.”–Tales with Mimi

Above the Law: How “Qualified Immunity” Protects Violent Police
Ben Cohen | OR Books | 9781682192573 | June 2021
“Quick-paced, well-edited, and educational. The intelligent reader will find it cogent, reasonable and offering actions that can be supported or accomplished. . . . In the foreword, rapper Michael Render (“Killer Mike”) provides an excellent emotional overview of the events at hand. . . . Above the Law provides one example after another of the legal inanity that protects police.”—CounterPunch

Big Bad
Whitney Collins | Sarabande Books | 9781946448729 | March 2021

“[A] deliciously dark world in which anything is possible and the most horrifying is probable.”—Southern Review of Books

Paraguayan Sea
Wilson Bueno | Nightboat Books | 9781937658748 | November 2017
“Mar Paraguayo is a difficult but incredibly rewarding book that encourages us to pay attention to the sound and shape of languages and their fluid in-between spaces. Canadian poet Erín Moure’s extraordinary 2017 translation into ‘Frenglish’ and Guaraní gives the work new life in the Northern hemisphere.”—Literary Hub

The Book of Otto and Liam
Paul Griner | Sarabande Books | 9781946448767 | April 2021
“Paul Griner’s novel The Book of Otto and Liam manages to be dark, powerful, funny, and timely, often on the same page.”—Largehearted Boy

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