Book Reviews Archive

ERNESTO by Umberto Saba

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction No comments
Umberto Saba died four years after writing Ernesto (1953), and it went unpublished until 1975 when its content would have been far less radical than in 1953.

Female Eroticism in The Wallcreeper and The Argonauts

Author: | Categories: Fiction No comments
What’s missing in the literary world, especially when it comes to women, is a dialogue around anal sex.

Three Chapbook Reviews from the New-Generation African Poets (NNE) Box Set

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Poetry No comments
The chapbook box set New-Generation African Poets, edited by Kwame Dawes and Chris Abani, is the fifth of its kind, an annual project of the African Poetry Book Fund, produced by Akashic Books. The set consists of chapbooks by poets either living in Africa or of African heritage.

Review: LIKE THAT by Matthew Yeager

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Poetry No comments
One hundred pages, six poems. A hand holding a small ball of foil reaches across the center of the cover, finger stretched, insistent or offering.

Review: ORBIT by Cynthia Zarin

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Poetry No comments
The volume has its own points of gravity that, comet-like, it revisits as it moves forward.

The Linked Stories and Linked Lives of Elizabeth Strout

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction No comments
Why are rural communities so often the target of linked story collections?

Review: THE VEGETARIAN’S GUIDE TO EATING MEAT: A YOUNG WOMAN’S SEARCH FOR ETHICAL FOOD by Marissa Landrigan

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Nonfiction No comments
Food choices, she argues, are not just an animal rights question, but one embodying environmental, labor, and fair trade concerns.

Review: THE GYPSY MOTH SUMMER by Julia Fierro

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction No comments
There are many hard edges here—a pervading sense of doom hovers throughout—but my favorite moments are when we get to see the softer, more interior side of these characters.

Throwback Thursday: Animal Farm by George Orwell

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Fiction No comments
Throwback Thursday is a series that highlights classic texts commonly assigned to students that deserve to be revisited and reconsidered in adulthood. This month's selection is Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Confession, Communion: Three Poetry Chapbooks & Religion

Author: | Categories: Book Reviews, Poetry No comments
This month, I read work concerning religion in one way or another, though the chapbooks here are not dominated by or entrenched in it as a theme. Instead these three writers use religion and spirituality as a lens through which readers can view many aspects of their poetry.