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Book Reviews by Title - C (95)

  • Subtitle A Memoir of No Memory
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Amy Nawrocki
  • Date Published April 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-947003-61-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 48pp
  • Price $12.00
  • Review by Vivian Wagner

The Comet’s Tail is a book about memory, the lack of memory, and the slow and painstaking process of recreating life and meaning after a coma.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Beth Spencer
  • Date Published April 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-939639-15-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 80pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

A figure named Alice dominates the initial section of Beth Spencer’s poetry book, The Cloud Museum. Is Alice real? You’ll have to judge for yourself. The second section of the book swirls around the definitely real artist Jay DeFeo.

  • Subtitle Poems of the Manhattan Project
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by John Canaday
  • Date Published September 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8263-5883-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 216pp
  • Price $19.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

John Canaday’s newest book of poetry, Critical Assembly: Poems of the Manhattan Project, easily reads like a story about an era of American history that impacted the entire world. The Manhattan Project, code name for creation of atomic bombs during World War II, referred to the New York City borough where the project’s headquarters were located. The bombs, however, were assembled in New Mexico at the Los Alamos Laboratory and tested in a desert near Alamogordo, New Mexico, in 1945.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Rachel Rinehart
  • Date Published January 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934695555
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 72pp
  • Price $20.00
  • Review by Benjamin Chase

Rachel Rinehart’s new collection The Church in the Plains is a historical, cultural, and religious journey, as Rinehart explores her German Lutheran roots in a richly reflective and imaginative book of poetry. With a knack for rendering human peculiarities and foibles, Rinehart writes poetry with echoes of Robert Lowell and the confessional poets, but with a streak of heritage and flair all her own.

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  • Book Type Anthology Edited
  • by Stefan Kiesbye
  • Date Published August 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9988072-0-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 248pp
  • Price $19.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

Writer and editor Stefan Kiesbye believes that “every story leaves a multitude of stories untold.” He acted on this idea by inviting fifteen writers to each choose a favorite story, then write a cover for it. The resulting anthology is appropriately titled Cover Stories. Most of the favorites were pulled from the past, but contemporary writer ZZ Packer also made the list.

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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Bri McKoy
  • Date Published September 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-0718090616
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 240pp
  • Price $16.99
  • Review by Scott Russell Morris

I was really excited to read Bri McKoy’s Come & Eat, because as a Christian who loves to eat and feed other people, a whole book about using your table as a way to “celebrate . . . love and grace” seemed like just the sort of thing I wanted.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Geoffrey Nutter
  • Date Published October 2016
  • ISBN-13 9781940696324
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 120pp
  • Price $18.00
  • Review by Natalie Tomlin

In his recent essay at the Poetry Foundation blog, "So Much Depends: On the Particular, the Personal, and the Political," David Trinidad makes a case for concrete imagery in poetry: "Without image I am bereft. I’m reading a poem by Contemporary Poet X and it’s nothing but abstractions, like 'truth' and 'memory,' like 'despair' and 'joy.'" In audacious lushness, Geoffrey Nutter's Cities at Dawn delivers layers upon layers of detail that are refreshing in the face of contemporary poetic trends.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Taylor Brorby
  • Date Published April 2017
  • ISBN-13 9781888160222
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 92pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

Taylor Brorby is outspoken when it comes to the devastation of land in the Great Plains. To voice the issues he is most concerned about, he wrote a book of poetry called Crude. Brorby is a fellow at the Black Earth Institute, which defines itself as a “progressive think-tank dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society." He also educates people around the country by speaking about fracking.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by TJ Beitelman
  • Date Published November 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1-62557-942-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 200pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by MacKenzie Hamilton

TJ Beitelman’s Communion is unlike any collection before it. The stories are written in pairs that, like the body and blood of actual Communion, are strikingly different in form, but very similar in underlying meaning. Beitelman’s stylistic approach showcases his mastery of multiple genres. Some of the stories resemble flash fiction or prose, while others resemble free-standing short stories or chapters in a book. One thing is for sure, Communion will trouble its readers in the most memorable of ways.

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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Diane Simmons
  • Date Published August 2016
  • ISBN-13 9781609384616
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 272pp
  • Price $19.95
  • Review by Cameron Chase

Drawing on some eight hundred letters and other research documenting over two decades, Diane Simmons illuminates the unusual life of family friend, Eva Eldridge during and after WWII America. Simmons, originally neighbors and friends with Eva's mother, Grace, when she was just a young girl, became the executor of Eva's estate upon her death, leading her to secrets “hidden away in the arid eastern Oregon attic” of Eva’s home. Drawn by return addresses from Italy, North Africa, “somewhere in the Pacific,” and from all over America, Simmons looked past “a creepy sense of voyeurism,” grabbed a knife and cut through the “loops of tightly knotted kitchen string” that held together envelopes “collected into fat packets.”

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