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Book Reviews by Title - A (82)

  • Subtitle A Graphic Novel
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  • Book Type Graphic Novel
  • by Ilan Stavans & Santiago Cohen
  • Date Published January 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8142-5459-2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 128pp
  • Price $17.95
  • Review by Cody Lee

Reading graphic novels sort of makes me feel like I’m ten years old, but when they include issues like poverty, molestation, and the 1985 Mexico City earthquake, I realize that a ten-year-old me wouldn’t know what to think. I still don’t, for that matter. Angelitos by Ilan Stavans and Santiago Cohen throws you straight into the lion’s den of Mexico, where homeless children run amok, and the only one that seems to care is a Catholic priest by the name of Father Chinchachoma.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Nicole Cuffy
  • Date Published March 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-62557-875-4
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 17pp
  • Price $8.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

If you happen to notice the number of pages in this book before reading the review, don’t think you’ve seen a typo. Nicole Cuffy’s Atlas of the Body is indeed 17 pages long, and she fills out those pages with small scenes that open a larger story.

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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Barrie Jean Borich
  • Date Published January 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8142-5462-2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 112pp
  • Price $18.95
  • Review by Evgeniya Monico

Unfamiliar with Barrie Jean Borich’s previous works, I decided to forgo my usual research concerning the author’s expertise and dive into reading Apocalypse, Darling right away. Peeking inside just to get a taste of her writing, I suddenly found myself unable to stop reading despite my previous plans for the evening. Just like the author, “I almost forget we have some place to be,” so I cancelled my plans to explore Borich’s world of “the beautiful wastelands.”

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Bunkong Tuon
  • Date Published October 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-63045-052-6
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 100pp
  • Price $15.95
  • Review by DM O'Connor
When a child crosses a border, either towed by parents or not, a lifelong search for identity begins. This dual-identity is doubly complicated when war and political policies have put that culture through hell. Bunkong Tuon’s collection And So I Was Blessed is an exploration of the journey of a new father, a college professor, and an American of Cambodian descent who travels through Asia.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Phillip Sterling
  • Date Published May 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-59948-627-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 80pp
  • Price $14.00
  • Review by Natalie Tomlin
By some stroke of luck, I had Philip Sterling’s new book with me as I laid in bed, sick from the change in altitude after arriving in Bogota, Colombia. As I choked down saltines and felt sorry for myself, these self-effacing, wise, and often revelatory poems delivered me from myself for a few hours.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Jacob M. Appel
  • Date Published February 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-946684-04-2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 180pp
  • Price $18.99
  • Review by MacKenzie Hamilton

The Amazing Mr. Morality is a collection that dives head first into the shallow end of a pool full of ethical dilemmas. Jacob M. Appel creates wild worlds just inches beyond reality, but still close enough to the real deal that you can absolutely imagine them coming true. The writing is sharp, the characters are witty, and the stories are original.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Donte Collins
  • Date Published July 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1943735112
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 72pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by DM O'Connor
i am alive by luck at this point, I wonder
often: if the gun that will unmake me
is yet made, what white birth

will bury me, how many bullets, like a
flock of blue jays, will come carry my black
to its final bed, which photo will be used

                    “What The Dead Know By Heart”
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Patricia Horvath
  • Date Published July 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9903221-9-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 188pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

Imagine being a 13-year-old in the hands of a “large, stubble-faced man who was smoking a cigar. [ . . . ] a man who would spread his tobacco-stained fingers on my torso, breathe his sour breath into my face.” Sounds like a child about to undergo a nasty ordeal. Though it’s not what you may be thinking, Patricia Horvath did, in fact, experience this ordeal after being diagnosed with scoliosis, “a double, S-shaped curvature of the spine.”

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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Laura Raicovich
  • Date Published April 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-56689-466-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 104pp
  • Price $12.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

You may not have heard of conceptual artist Walter De Maria, but if you’re curious like me, you’ll want to know more about him and his career after reading Laura Raicovich’s book-length essay, At the Lightning Field.

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  • Book Type Nonfiction Edited
  • by Christopher Schaberg & Mark Yakich
  • Date Published July 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1-78279-818-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 219pp
  • Price $22.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

If you’ve ever flown anywhere, you’ll identify with many of the short essays in Airplane Reading, edited by Christopher Schaberg and Mark Yakich. Even if you’ve never flown, it’s still worth reading for sentences like this: “A flying problem is the opposite of a drinking problem: it starts when you lose interest in the free booze.” So writes Ian Bogost in his essay “Frequent Flight.” Bogost is indeed a frequent flyer at more than 200,000 miles in a year. His piece is joined by essays from fellow travelers, including several doctors who take to the sky.

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