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Book Reviews by Title - Q (4)

  • Subtitle An American Pharma Memoir
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  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • by Sarah Fawn Montgomery
  • Date Published September 2018
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8142-5486-8
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 320pp
  • Price $23.95
  • Review by Vivian Wagner

Sarah Fawn Montgomery’s new book, Quite Mad: An American Pharma Memoir, is an in-depth exploration of the ways mental illness is defined and treated, both historically and in the contemporary world. She looks at how our culture simultaneously creates and condemns its maladies, and she offers a glimpse of how the conundrums and contradictions surrounding mental illness can be deconstructed and unraveled.

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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Michelle Hoover
  • Date Published June 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1-59051-346-0
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 216pp
  • Price $14.95
  • Review by Skip Renker
In a brief, illuminating YouTube interview on the publisher’s website, Michelle Hoover discusses the genesis of The Quickening. She discovered a typewritten memoir, composed in 1950, by her great grandmother about her experiences as a farmer and farm wife. The memoir of twenty or more pages covers much of this strong woman’s life in the first half of the Twentieth Century. Hoover used this story and further research on family history and U.S. farm life as a springboard to create the imaginative world of this novel.
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  • Book Type Essays
  • by Patrick Madden
  • Date Published March 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8032-2296-0
  • Format Hardcover
  • Pages 204pp
  • Price $23.95
  • Review by Jennifer Sinor
The gift that Patrick Madden gives us in Quotidiana is the gift great essayists have given us for centuries and that is the elegance of a mind at work. The essays Madden offers in this new collection are essays in the most traditional, classical sense. They do not traffic in the far-fetched or the bizarre, competing with reality television to hold our attention with a cacophony of sound, nor do they rely on the story to bear the weight of their subject, rather they investigate the way ordinary experience confounds and delights us, once we stop and pay attention.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Bennett Sims
  • Date Published May 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-1-937512-09-5
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 242pp
  • Price $16.50
  • Review by David Breithaupt
At last, someone has written a thinking man’s and woman’s book of zombies. Let’s stop here though; you just read the word “zombies,” which, consciously or not, paraded a reflex action of several split-second images across your mind from our collective Jungian zombie attic. Here’s what you probably saw: black-and-white film stills from campy 1960s B-movies, dozens of acting roles for those who can’t act, close-ups of blank-eyed crazies and legions walking as if they’d just overdosed on bath salts. After that trailer you concluded, not interested.

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