Reviews 8.1

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Little, Brown, and Company, 2013 ISBN: 978-0316154697 Hardcover, 288 pp., $27 Review by Alex Hughes In David Sedaris’ most recent collection of essays, Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls, Sedaris catalogues his musings about everything from being merely “adequate” on the […]

Several Short Sentences about Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Several Short Sentences about Writing by Verlyn Klinkenborg

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Vintage Books, 2012 ISBN: 978-0307279415 Paperback, 224 pp., $15 Review by C. L. Bledsoe I read another writer’s praise for this book, which made me disregard my usual disdain for books on writing and crack the spine, even though, to […]

A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

A House in the Sky: A Memoir by Amanda Lindhout & Sara Corbett

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Scribner, 2013 ISBN: 978-1451645606 Hardcover, 384 pp., $27 Review by Medkaw Wichaino A House in the Sky is a memoir from Canadian author Amanda Lindhout. In the book, Lindhout writes of her passion for traveling the world, which leads her […]

Poets’ Guide to America by John F. Buckley & Martin Ott

Poets’ Guide to America by John F. Buckley & Martin Ott

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Brooklyn Arts Press, 2012 ISBN: 978-1-936767-16-8 Paperback, 110 pages, $14.95 Review by Andrew T. Powers If we are America, we are each participant and co-creator of it. There’s more to this dynamic than what outsiders can see or understand; the […]

Vicki Entreken Reviews Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming

Vicki Entreken Reviews Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Burrow Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-0984953851 Paperback, 176 pp., $15.99 Review by Vicki Entreken John Henry Fleming’s Songs for the Deaf is a collection of eleven short stories that affect our ideas of bullying, pride, and missed opportunities. Told with sarcasm, […]

B. A. Varghese Reviews Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming

B. A. Varghese Reviews Songs for the Deaf by John Henry Fleming

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Burrow Press, 2014 ISBN: 978-0984953851 Paperback, 176 pp., $15.99 Review by B. A. Varghese At first, John Henry Fleming’s Songs for the Deaf seems like an eclectic collection of stories about strange characters—a prophet foresees the future by reading the […]

Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream, Eds. Liana Holmberg & Deborah Steinberg

Writing That Risks: New Work from Beyond the Mainstream, Eds. Liana Holmberg & Deborah Steinberg

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Red Bridge Press, 2013 ISBN: 978-0989425100 Paperback, 214 pp., $15 Review by Nathan Leslie I confess: I have a thing for anthologies. It’s not a fetish really, but perhaps a maladjusted kind of compulsion, a gravitation toward literary dilettantism. It’s […]

The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel

The Biology of Luck by Jacob M. Appel

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Elephant Rock Productions, Inc., 2013 ISBN: 978-0975374689 Perfect bound, 234 pp., $16 Review by Matthew Miranda In “Tlon, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius,”Jorge Luis Borges describes one of the ironies of language on Tlon, a fictional world turned real: “The fact that […]

Companion Grasses by Brian Teare

Companion Grasses by Brian Teare

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Omnidawn Publishing, 2013 ISBN: 978-1890650797 Paperback, 112 pp., $17.95 Review by Maureen Alsop Companion to whom, without wince—what desire? Into the light of solitude, there is refraction. “A beach without moon/mere rumor,” Brian Teare’s entry poem, “White Graphite” offers in […]

Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems by David McLoghlin

Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems by David McLoghlin

Reviews, Vol. 8.1, March 2014 Salmon Poetry, 2012 ISBN: 978-1908836052 Paperback, 110 pp., $22.95 Review by Cynthia Reeser Saint Brendan, the navigator, is the center around which the poems in Waiting for Saint Brendan and Other Poems (r)evolve. This three-part, full-length collection is, itself, a […]