Book Reviews Archive

Review: LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng

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The novel opens with Elena Richardson watching her home burn down, and readers backtrack the circumstances leading to an act of arson.

Chapbook Round-Up: Titles from Cincinnati’s Porkbelly Press

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Porkbelly Press is a Cincinnati-based press that puts out chapbooks and micro-chapbooks as well as a literary magazines and anthologies.

Review: I KNOW YOUR KIND by William Brewer

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With scars across its pages, I Know Your Kind conveys the pervasive shadow the opioid epidemic casts across Oceana—and, by extension, towns like Oceana—in a way that statistics, figures, and journalism cannot.

Review: OUT OF THE BLUE: NEW SHORT FICTION FROM ICELAND Edited by Helen Mitsios

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These stories stray far from tourist brochure representations; they are not filled with glacial lagoons, ice caves, thermal pools, or Björk.

Review: A TWENTY MINUTE SILENCE FOLLOWED BY APPLAUSE by Shawn Wen

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If Marcel Marceau as a performer and a French man was cheeky, brilliant, and impossible, it seems no accident the title of Wen's book-length essay is what it is.

Review: EASTMAN WAS HERE by Alex Gilvarry

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In focusing on the interior life of a man in crisis, Gilvarry is able to speak to the beauty that can be found at the end of an existential crisis, at the end of middle age.

Three Chapbooks: Reinventing Prose Poetry for a New Century

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While Nikki Wallschlaeger’s work resembles prose poetry more broadly, it uses spaces for its pacing, grammar, and syntax instead of punctuation. Angel Dominguez uses the form to write a series of letters, and Andrea Lawlor’s prose reads like a poetic manual for utopia.

Review: IRRESISTIBLE: THE RISE OF ADDICTIVE TECHNOLOGY AND THE BUSINESS OF KEEPING US HOOKED by Adam Alter

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According to Adam Alter, 70 percent of office emails are read within six seconds of arrival.

Review: LONESOME LIES BEFORE US by Don Lee

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Don Lee's latest novel proves to be a deceptively nuanced tale about the disconnect between our dreams and the limits of how far we'll go to obtain them.

Review: DEAR CYBORGS by Eugene Lim

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For Frank Exit, a man tasked with recovering the kidnapped children of a Japanese diplomat, gone are the days of a simple ransom request for money or a getaway vehicle.