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Book Reviews by Title - P (82)

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Daniel Tiffany
  • Date Published April 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9831480-0-5
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 62pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Patrick James Dunagan
With Privado Daniel Tiffany offers up a pop-cultural remix of sorts on, as he tells it, “cadences used by the armed services in marching drills,” so every “poem” or “section” here is titled “Cadence.” However, the nearest he allows for hitting a rhythmic stride is the oft repeated:
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Jade Sharma
  • Date Published July 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1-56689-442-5
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 208pp
  • Price $16.95
  • Review by Katy Haas
Maya has problems. In fact, Maya has Problems with a capital P. She’s in a boring marriage with Peter, an alcoholic with a conservative family she doesn’t fit into. She’s having an affair with Ogden, one of her former professors who is more than twice her age. She struggles with an eating disorder. Her mother has MS and struggles to care for herself. There are changes happening at her job which may leave her desperate for money. And she juggles all these problems under the haze of her biggest problem: a budding addiction to heroin. Jade Sharma guides us through the haze in her forthcoming, aptly-named novel, Problems.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Ed Madden
  • Date Published April 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1-59021-340-7
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 86pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Renee Emerson
I love Ed Madden’s poetry best when he is talking about the landscape of his childhood. “Forsythia, early spring,” begins with the vivid description:
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
  • Translated From the Italian
  • by Stephen Twilley
  • Date Published June 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-1-59017-719-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 69pp
  • Price $12.95
  • Review by Olive Mullet
Stephen Twilley’s new translation of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s last work The Professor and the Siren would appeal most to those who loved di Lampedusa’s masterpiece The Leopard, as both are beautifully written. Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa witnessed the demise of his aristocratic family’s holdings in Sicily after the rise of Garibaldi and the subsequent unification of Italy. The Leopard’s story traces the aristocracy’s downfall in the person of Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina, known as “the Leopard.”
  • Subtitle One Writer’s Perspective on Not Succeeding
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by John McNally
  • Date Published June 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-60938-575-0
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 144pp
  • Price $19.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland

Reading the title of John McNally’s book, The Promise of Failure: One Writer’s Perspective on Not Succeeding, I wondered if, in the end, I would get good news or bad.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Laura Elrick
  • Date Published December 2012
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9846475-8-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 103pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Patrick James Dunagan
Practicing a vagabond bit of poetic loitering, the haunting use of a well-steadied repetition lingers round Laura Elrick’s Propagation, sounding off with jarring consistency throughout:
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  • Book Type Novel
  • by Michelle Latiolais
  • Date Published May 2008
  • ISBN-13 978-1934137116
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 192pp
  • Price $22.95
  • Review by Cynthia Reeser
A Proper Knowledge, Michelle Latiolais’s follow up to the family-centered novel Even Now, is another novel focused around family and relationships. Luke is a dedicated, perceptive Los Angeles doctor with a practice treating autistic children – his career choice influenced by his own late sister, a schizophrenic whose memory haunts him at times.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Rachel Galvin
  • Date Published September 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934703-72-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 62pp
  • Price $14.00
  • Review by Kate Angus
Pulleys & Locomotion, Rachel Galvin’s first full-length collection, finds delicate grace balancing on that titular ampersand. As pulleys are a tool of motion and locomotion is movement itself, so this collection asks us to stop and consider not just the trajectory, but first what enables it to occur.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Josh Rolnick
  • Date Published October 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1-60938-052-6
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 192pp
  • Price $16.00
  • Review by Jodi Paloni
Josh Rolnick writes like a storyteller. He places his characters in the middle of complex situations, but doesn’t leave them stranded. Instead, he inhabits their psyches and builds compelling scenes for them to respond to trouble in the best way they know how, by lunging headlong into it. Meanwhile he creates scenes that rivet you to a sliver of time and the gloom of place, sweeping you up in the first sentences of his eight tales and setting you down at the end of each one with greater faith in the human race.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Nancy Miller Gomez
  • Date Published June 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-1-931307-37-6
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 28pp
  • Price $6.00
  • Review by Kimberly Ann Priest
On the window sill,
in a plastic ice cream cup
a little plant is growing.

Nancy Miller Gomez’s chapbook on her time spent teaching incarcerated men to write poetry at the Salinas Valley State Prison is short . . . too short.

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