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Book Reviews by Title - G (47)

  • Subtitle Or, The Scene of the Crime
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Chaun Webster
  • Date Published April 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-934819-73-0
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 106pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by DM O'Connor
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you are not suppose to be here
yet you are –
some natural contradiction.
your snarl and ravenous appetite—
fiction. an imagined geography.

Black bodies or the scene of the crime

Chaun Webster’s GeNtry!fication defies labels. Chapbook? Full length collection? Manifesto? Academic essay? Diatribe? Graphic novella? Epistles? Jazz improvisation? Or classically structured symphony?

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Cindy Veach
  • Date Published November 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-933880-64-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Renee Emerson

Gloved Against Blood by Cindy Veach is about the textile industry in the 19th century, and the people whose lives it directed, including the lives of Veach’s ancestors. Her poems bring to light the oppressing conditions the women who worked at the mills endured. She uses found poems from news and slave narratives to add a level of expose to her work. The poems also weave a history of Veach’s family, and she hints at the fact that this history, like many hardships endured, is never completely shaken but inherited, like a thimble passed down might hold a stain of blood.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Dawn Lundy Martin
  • Date Published July 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-55689-471-5
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 110pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by DM O'Connor
"where time, they say, ends. Whereas for extending, whereas what you might call a leaking or a wandering. Incalculable lang, incalcable list—what’s spun down the hole. No pulling or leaping up. Blackness, only the din of our existence. Wishing-rod defunct. Hear my voice without echo, always defunct. A stone in hand. A crown in laughter."
— from “One falls past the lip of some black unknown”
  • Subtitle A Reckoning with Loss
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Martha Cooley
  • Date Published April 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-936787-46-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 192pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

Martha Cooley’s first book-length collection of essays, Guesswork: A Reckoning with Loss, is premised on the fact that eight of Cooley’s friends died within 10 years. I’m not sure that’s unusual for anyone who’s eased past a 50th birthday. Nevertheless, Cooley and her husband Antonio Romani spend 14 months in Italy’s Castiglione del Terziere where she reflects on life, friends, and her mother. She surveys the effects of losing loved ones and her means of adapting to those losses in this blend of travelogue and memoir.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Sam Allingham
  • Date Published November 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-0989275996
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 182pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by DM O'Connor

The nine stories in Sam Allingham’s The Great American Songbook include: an experimental modular tale describing the differences between the composers Rogers and Hart; the retelling of a quirky and complicated relationship between two baristas seeking love and finding confusion; a second-person epistle emoting on a relationship’s ending; a tragedy in which a newly widowed mother turns to hunting; an exploratory list of the characters we encounter in life; a hard-boiled parable (a lá George Saunders) about four assassins set against each other; a straight-forward first-person recounting of a childhood neighborhood friend who devoted his life to building the town in miniature; a bar joke that goes virtual and a talking duck becomes protagonist; and concludes with the lost letters of Artie Shaw to various friends before going off the deep end in a remote cabin. The Great American Songbook is a tour de force of style, theme, image, and wit.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Matt Schumacher
  • Date Published October 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9971549-2-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 148pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Daniel Klawitter

If you at times find yourself (as I often do) feeling a bit bummed out by the overproduction of postmodern, fragmentary poems that deliberately eschew narrative elements of storytelling, a self or subject, and/or any sense of purpose and closure, then do yourself a favor and pick up Matt Schumacher’s Ghost Town Odes. This is an ambitious book of poetry seeking to narrate tales of tribulation and triumph in the Old West, particularly in Oregon, the state the author currently calls home.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Melissa Reddish
  • Date Published August 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1-942387-08-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 98pp
  • Price $14.00
  • Review by Kelly Sauvage Angel

Over the past couple of years, more than a bit has been written about the re-emergence of the novella as a respected literary form. Given that most of us tend to be caught between a perpetual time crunch and a desire for the aspects of our lives that truly matter, it only makes sense. Shorter works are able to accommodate our constraints while providing that glimmer of the richer experience we seek. All the while, a move toward a relative minimalism has revealed that breadth does not necessarily equate with depth. Sometimes, an author’s choice to refrain from filling in all of the blanks just may allow for a more satisfying experience on the part of the reader.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Armando Lucas Correa
  • Date Published October 2016
  • ISBN-13 9781501121142
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 384pp
  • Price $26.99
  • Review by Olive Mullet

Armando Lucas Correa’s novel The German Girl is a sad Holocaust story, one not heard before. Based on an historical tragedy, never acknowledged by the Cuban government, it nevertheless includes the names and pictures of many of the 937 passengers on the St. Louis ship, fleeing Nazi Germany, who were not allowed to disembark at Havana on May 27, 1939—nor allowed into Canada or the U.S. They had to return to Europe where England, France, Belgium and Holland each took some but by then Germany declared war and only the English refugees were safe. Before that, some passengers with precious cyanide capsules committed suicide, because so few were allowed into Cuba, where more discrimination followed them, forcing many other outsiders to make the perilous journey to Miami. This story made is individual, personal and emotional by the focus on the Rosenthal family fleeing Berlin.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Charlotte Holmes
  • Date Published March 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1-943491-04-9
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 162pp
  • Price $15.95
  • Review by MacKenzie Hamilton

Charlotte Holmes’s The Grass Labyrinth weaves an equally heartwarming and heartbreaking path through the intertwined lives of its characters. It explores the consequences of passion and the difficulties of an artistic life. The stories span thirty years and the consequences we read about unfold through generations of one painter’s wives, lovers, and children.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Katie Cortese
  • Date Published September 2015
  • ISBN-13 978-1-942004-17-2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 154pp
  • Price $20.99
  • Review by Allyson Hoffman

Girl Power and Other Short-Short Stories is divided into three sections exploring the trials and triumphs of a particular season in women’s lives: maidenhood, motherhood, and matronhood. Although the collection is organized in this way, Katie Cortese’s stories offer a landscape of women whose struggles vary widely. Some women deal with issues of sex and rape; others live in poverty or affluence; some are married, others are single; some are childless, others are mothers. Furthermore, the short-short stories in the collection slide between realistic and fantastic, reflecting Cortese’s ability to craft strong characters and plots regardless of genre.

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