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what she holds | Book Review

what she holds | Book Review

what she holds by d. ellis phelps ISBN: 9798672793627 Moon Shadow Sanctuary Press, September 7, 2020 122 pages, $12.00 What can we see in a memoir written in poetry? What defines true poetry? The answers to these questions are the core points of d. ellis phelps’s...
Boys Will be Monsters | Book Review

Boys Will be Monsters | Book Review

Shelter for the Damned by Mike Thorn ISBN: 978-1950305605 JournalStone, February 2021 190 pages, $19.95 Warnings for: Spoilers, Child Death, Child Abuse, Intimate Partner Violence, Murder There’s a pernicious saying in our society: “Boys will be boys.” The...
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...