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Watershed | Book Review

Watershed | Book Review

Watershed by Doreen Vanderstoop ISBN: 9781988298597 / 1988298598 Freehand Books, May 2, 2020 355 pages, $22.95 Dystopian fiction should feel frighteningly possible yet reassuringly unlikely, but Doreen Vanderstoop’s debut novel, Watershed, is a convincing prediction...
The Age of Phillis | Book Review

The Age of Phillis | Book Review

The Age of Phillis by Honorée Fanonne Jeffers ISBN: 978-0819579492 Wesleyan University Press, March 3, 2020 232 pages, hardback, $26.95 I first learned about Phillis Wheatley Peters when I saw her statue at the National Museum of African American History in Fall 2019....
The Power of Words | Book Review

The Power of Words | Book Review

Being Lolita by Alisson Wood ISBN: 9781250217219 Flatiron Books, Aug. 4, 2020 304 Pages, $26.99 Warnings for: emotional abuse, sexual abuse, abusive relationships This past fall, I read Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita for the second time. Both times I’ve read it—both times...
The Big Door Prize | Book Review

The Big Door Prize | Book Review

The Big Door Prize by M.O. Walsh ISBN: 9780735218482 G.P. Putnam’s Sons, Sep. 8, 2020 384 Pages, $27.00 My first conversation with M.O. Walsh happened on the phone in 2017, me traveling in Uruguay, he working in New Orleans. The call dropped with a crazy...
Return to Tims Creek | Book Review

Return to Tims Creek | Book Review

If I Had Two Wings: Stories by Randall Kenan ISBN: 1324005467 Norton, Aug 4, 2020 224 Pages, $25.95 Like James Baldwin, Randall Kenan’s contribution to the world of letters is enhanced by the ways that his fiction and nonfiction come into rich dialogue with each...
Together, We Face the Future | Book Review

Together, We Face the Future | Book Review

In the Way of All Flesh by Caitlin Donovan ISBN: 9781619294219e Regal Crest Enterprises, September 1, 2019 Paperback, 212 Pages, $17.95 or eBook, $9.99 Warnings for: Spoilers, Suicidal Ideation, Attempted Suicide, Child Death, Child Abuse One of the first things...