Nov 302016

Shianna Whitner     Dana Spiotta’s novel Innocents and Others captures an artist’s journey, the deterioration of friendship, and the misconduct of the lonely.  The three main characters are all so different yet Spiotta weaves their stories together wonderfully. The book follows the lives of Meadow Mori, a rich artsy Los Angeles native, her lifelong [Read here]

Nov 232016

Susanne Parker     At the bottom of an abandoned well, in the center of a forest, two children struggle to survive. They are called Big and Small, and they are brothers. Iván Repila’s second novel, translated from Spanish by Sophie Hughes, offers the English-speaking world a chance to wrestle with this existentialist allegory. Like [Read here]

Nov 162016

Paul Michael Garrison   Howard Frank Mosher, through God’s Kingdom in particular, has drawn frequent comparisons to Mark Twain, and with this book’s rustic charm, strong sense of place, and episodic nature, it’s easy to see why. But in some respects, structurally at least, this book owes a greater debt to Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio. [Read here]

Sep 062016

Denise Duhamel     I admit that I was drawn to the title of Andi Zeisler’s We Were Feminists Once: From Riot Grrrl to CoverGirl®, the Buying and Selling of a Political Movement because of my own poem “Bikini Kill Villanelle.”  In it I chronicle the Spice Girls’ co-opting of the Riot Grrrl movement, in [Read here]

Jun 272016

Rae Gouirand       Harriet Kelly had other plans for her middle son (Gene) – namely, the law. What else for a boy who dared to ride   a tricycle missing handlebars down Mellon Street, come home with an iron beam’s swipe under his cheek, fresh crescent   letting blood? What would she have [Read here]

Jun 232016

  Rae Gouirand     The question is always what I want, not what is wanting—   what end I will make of this walk which edge I will take for myself.   Before one blue one gold I know two things.   The same that has held me open leaves me to see. Our [Read here]

Jun 192016

Rae Gouirand     Box as metaphor, bowl as metaphor, one can’t help but compare—   —I look around my house at what it contains, which is   mostly open things, cross the valley I live in to find the place   endlessness reforms. Words like precise for the one,   free for the other, [Read here]

Jun 102016

Julia Stone   Peckerwood by Jedidiah Ayres is a dark, action-packed novel that reads like a fast-paced screenplay. Published in 2013, this “western noir” set in the gutters of morality is reminiscent of AMC’s “Breaking Bad”; except, instead of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s mentor-mentee relationship, we witness the unlikely partnership between Sheriff Jimmy Mondale [Read here]