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Book Reviews by Title - C (97)

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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 Fanny Howe
  • Date Published May 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1555975869
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 104pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Renee Emerson
Fanny Howe’s latest work, Come and See, explores themes of spirituality and war with a concern for children growing up in the midst of war-torn countries. Spirituality, a theme that can be seen in Howe’s work as a whole, rises more in the form of a seeker, one questioning religion, rather than an adherent.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Anselm Berrigan
  • Date Published May 2016
  • ISBN-13 9781940696294
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 96pp
  • Price $18.00
  • Review by Ryo Yamaguchi

I hate to focus so much on form, but in this review of Anselm Berrigan’s Come In Alone, form will take center stage. Or more accurately: form will frame the way we encounter Berrigan’s electric and vocally driven sensibilities. Because the very first thing you will notice when you open this book is the simple but profoundly innovative design, which runs all of the text as a border around an otherwise empty page. (You can look at sample pages here at the publisher’s website.)

  • 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 YA novel
  • by Joyce Moyer Hostetter
  • Date Published April 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-1-59078-606-2
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 306pp
  • Price $17.95
  • Review by Jessica Powers
In this sequel to Blue, Joyce Moyer Hostetter’s award-winning tale of a young white girl’s battle with polio and her friendship with a black girl in the hospital where she recuperates, we follow Ann Fay’s struggle to accept her polio-induced disability and the knowledge that she’s different from everybody else. At the same time, her father is suffering post-war psychological trauma. He’s not the same father or husband, and Ann Fay isn’t sure how to cope with his personality change, particularly the threat of violence.
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  • Book Type Cross-Genre
  • by Susan Gevirtz
  • Date Published March 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-1-937658-08-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 176pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Patrick James Dunagan
Coming Events promulgates a non-linear reading practice. The form and content of these “collected writings” challengingly swerve back and forth between critical essay, poetry, and personal essay. When considered as a whole, the book’s tendency toward a deliberative structure of concentricity enchants, as individual pieces loop back on each other in ellipsoidal, interchanging depths of reading. The slow reader, returning again and again to the book’s pages, is justly rewarded against the too-eager skimmer looking for quick buzz-words and easily identifiable markers.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Bogdan Suceavă
  • Translated From Romanian
  • by Alastair Ian Blyth
  • Date Published January 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8101-2684-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 212pp
  • Price $19.95
  • Review by Patricia Contino
Fallout from a real revolution can be worse than its cause. Mass murder, reckless replacement of proven agrarian practices, and imprisoning the educated are just a few documented aftershocks. Fictional revolutions and their resulting chaos can be equally atrocious, as it is in Bogdan Suceav?‘s Coming from an Off-Key Time.
  • Subtitle Alaska Homestead Poems
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Linda Schandelmeier
  • Date Published September 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-60223-360-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 90pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

“I carry my history stitched into my skin.” This line from Linda Schandelmeier’s poem, “Leaving for the University,” perfectly evokes the contents of her second book, Coming out of Nowhere.

But let’s back up a bit. Before university, Schandelmeier grew up in a frame cabin on a 160-acre homestead south of Anchorage around the time that Alaska became a state. In her preface, she characterizes these part-autobiographical, part-historical works as: “These poems sometimes take a circuitous route in order to arrive at a deeper truth.”

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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 Poetry
  • by Magdalena Zurawski
  • Date Published May 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-1-933959-19-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Dana Johnson
Magdalena Zurawski began writing her poetry collection Companion Animal in a state of doubt about her own abilities as a poet (to cite her final selection from the book, “Dear Reader,”). In 2009, when she was feeling particularly unsure about her abilities to write, a close friend encouraged her to read and write poetry daily and cultivate a loosely-supervised writing routine. The poems that stemmed from this exercise explore the realities of daily life—financial stress, relationships, lost loved ones, and of course, the companionship of a tiny dog—while questioning the relevancy of poetry and the act of writing itself.
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