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Dear Lil Wayne

Dear Lil Wayne Lauren Ireland Magic Helicopter Press, April 2014 76 pages $11 Buy: book Joe Wenderoth’s Letters to Wendy’s celebrated its tenth anniversary this year. Sad to say, the book has not aged as gracefully as I had hoped. … Continue reading

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Around the World in 209 Teams: A Review of Thirty-One Nil by James Montague

Thirty-One Nil: On the Road With Football’s Outsiders–A World Cup Odyssey James Montague Bloomsbury, 2014, Bloomsbury 330 pages $18.00 Buy: book | ebook The work-ditching phenomena that our globe experienced throughout June and July, known as the World Cup, is … Continue reading

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The Pedestrians

The Pedestrians Rachel Zucker Wave Books, April 2014 160 pages $18.00 Buy: book Rachel Zucker is a writer of daunting productivity. The Pedestrians is her sixth poetry collection since 2002; she has also published a memoir, co-authored a book about … Continue reading

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From the Ploughshares Shelves: July Debuts

Are you in the market for some top-notch summer reading, ideally from an exciting new author? Does your optimized, fast-lane lifestyle leave you no time to read full-length book reviews? If so, dear reader, rejoice: you are the target audience … Continue reading

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Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems

Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems James Baldwin Beacon Press, April 2014 120 pages $16.00 Buy: book | ebook The cover of Jimmy’s Blues and Other Poems features blurbs by none other than Toni Morrison and Maya Angelou, telling the world to read … Continue reading

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A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain

This review was contributed by Nathan McNamara A Man Came Out of a Door in the Mountain Adrianne Harun Penguin Books, February 2014 272 pages $16.00 Buy: book | ebook As many as forty young aboriginal women have gone missing since … Continue reading

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For Today I Am a Boy

For Today I Am a Boy Kim Fu Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, January 2014 256 pages $23.00 Buy: book | ebook Kim Fu opens her touching debut novel with a birth on the concrete floor of a butcher shop. This story … Continue reading

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The Man Who Loved Dogs

The Man Who Loved Dogs Leonardo Padura Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, January 2014 592 pages $35.00 Buy: book | ebook “I asked you to come today because I want to tell you that story, Ivan,” the man who loved dogs … Continue reading

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The Self-Publisher Who Changed the World of Baseball: On Fool’s Gold by Bill James

Under review: Solid Fool’s Gold: Detours on the Way to Conventional Wisdom by Bill James (2011, ACTA Publications, 224 pages) Whenever I think of Bill James I think of the following Margaret Mead quote, which probably appeared on the walls … Continue reading

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The Dustbowl

The Dustbowl Jim Goar Shearsman Books, April 2014 86 pages $16.00 Buy: book The greater part of Jim Goar’s The Dustbowl is a poem or sequence also called “The Dustbowl,” which the jacket copy describes as “a collection of serial … Continue reading

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