Category: Book Reviews

AP Says Power Chord ‘Hits All the Right Notes’

I was thrilled to read the great review of Power Chord by the Associated Press. Linked here to the Washington Post publication of the review, the key takeaway is that PC is “entertaining travelogue of sorts that hits all the right notes.” Be sure to the entire review here!

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Book Review: Trust Me, I’m Lying… by Ryan Holiday

If you spend any amount of time online, either writing blogs or reading blogs, then prepare to have one of two reactions when you read Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday: 1) You will read nothing you didn’t already know and you will be decidedly nonplussed. 2) You will…

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Great Review of Growing Up Dead in Texas

David Duhr at The Dallas Morning News had a great review of Growing Up Dead in Texas by Stephen Graham Jones. The payoff of the review? Without giving away any spoilers, Duhr calls Jones’ latest, “one of the truest, and finest, war stories you’re likely to read.” I’ve been running behind so I’m just starting…

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Living in The World Without You

In The World Without You, Joshua Henkin explores the different ways in which family members grieve after a journalist is murdered in a warzone. The novel centers around the Frankels, a financially comfortable Jewish family from Manhattan who spend the weekends and summers in their Berkshires country house. The clan is composed of Gretchen, a…

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Realistic Absurdity in a Compelling Read

In My Date with Neanderthal Woman by David Galef, there’s an intriguing amount of absurdity and fantasy that remains rooted in reality. Winner of the Dzanc Books Short Story Collection Competition, the book plants outlandish situations into normal, mundane circumstances to which we can all relate. [Disclosure: Galef sat on my thesis committee in graduate…

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