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Book Reviews by Title - D (78)

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Perry Glasser
  • Date Published November 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-1-886157-69-9
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 192pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Alex Myers
This volume, which won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize, features six pieces that bring the realities of human nature into focus. It is the realities, not the dramatics, that Glasser writes about. His stories have familiar surroundings, familiar people, and are written in prose that is a flowing, melodious tune – one you could hum.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Frances Kazan
  • Date Published April 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-1-62316-004-3
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 256pp
  • Price $24.95
  • Review by Girija Sankar
Turkey is in turmoil. World War I has just ended and the mighty Ottoman Empire is on the brink of collapse. The empire is being carved up as Allied protectorates. In a world of foggy truths, mistrust, deceit, and the weariness of war enters a young American widow, who is fleeing from memories of a distant past and wounds still raw from the death of a loved one.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Michele Poulos
  • Date Published December 2012
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 31pp
  • Price $12.00
  • Review by Alyse Bensel
Michele Poulos’ debut poetry chapbook and winner of the 2012 Slapering Hol Press Chapbook Competition, A Disturbance in the Air, embodies a meditative, emotive lyric in finely crafted poems that deal with the complexities of interpersonal relationships. In examining lives through a historical veil, various speakers narrate and reflect on historical events surrounding Greece and other places, prompting the dead to speak and even return.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Herman Koch
  • Translated From Dutch
  • by Sam Garrett
  • Date Published February 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-0-7704-3785-5
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 304pp
  • Price $24.00
  • Review by Olive Mullet
Dutch novelist Herman Koch’s The Dinner, a bestseller in Europe, is funny, intense and discussable for its morality. Two brothers and their wives meet at a topnotch Amsterdam restaurant to talk about their fifteen-year-old sons. One brother, Serge, is a politician, a shoo-in for prime minister, and the other, the narrator Paul, was a high school history teacher. At first the novel is funny due to Paul’s acerbic comments on the restaurant’s pretensions and his brother’s obvious love of being in the spotlight. But then when we learn of the crime perpetrated by Paul’s son Michel and Serge’s son Rick, and we learn more of Paul’s background, the book grips us with its surprises.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Vladimir Voinovich
  • Translated From Russian
  • by Andrew Bromfield
  • Date Published October 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8101-2662-6
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 248pp
  • Price $24.95
  • Review by Lydia Pyne
A Displaced Person: The Later Life and Extraordinary Adventures of Private Ivan Chonkin is the much anticipated finish of the Chonkin trilogy, told through a curious and unexpected Absurdist literary frame for our Russian protagonist. The story of A Displaced Person is fantastical dark satire of a Stalin-era Soviet soldier who manages to blunder his way from one adventure to another. This story, however, is also a wonderfully powerful philosophic commentary on the struggle for meaning in the confusing, conflicted experiences of a Russian Everyman. This detached existentialism that surrounds Private Chonkin throughout the narrative allows the author the opportunity for caustic commentary on Russian and Soviet moralism.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Mathias Nelson
  • Date Published August 2012
  • ISBN-13 9781935520481
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 164pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Aimee Nicole
When my copy of Dip My Pacifier in Whiskey arrived in the mail, I could not wait to get reading. I don’t tend to judge a book by its cover, but rather by its title. To me, it seemed like a play on the adult child, and it had been awhile since a title instantly hooked me. The book cover is black with red brush strokes, simple but still interesting. Unfortunately, I really struggled to find a solid sample of writing to lure readers to this book of poetry.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by K.A. Hays
  • Date Published February 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-0-88748-495-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $15.95
  • Review by Cyan James
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  • Book Type Edited
  • by Haruo Shirane
  • Translated From Japanese
  • by Burton Watson
  • Date Published December 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-0-231-15245-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 160pp
  • Price $22.50
  • Review by Patricia Contino
The telling is in the writing. This is evident on every page of The Demon at Agi Bridge and Other Japanese Tales, a collection of early and medieval Japanese “spoken stories” known as setsuwa. The anonymous chroniclers of these tales not only succeed as The Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen and Charles W. Chesnutt did in preserving narrative, but (thanks to translator Burton Watson) in capturing their entertainment value.
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