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Book Reviews by Title - S (147)

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  • Book Type Novel
  • by Michael Burke
  • Date Published September 2009
  • ISBN-13 978-1-929355-50-1
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 180pp
  • Price $15
  • Review by Elizabeth Townsend
Johnny ‘Blue’ Heron is a private eye more interested in sex and alcohol than the steady job he could have with the local police. Blue is hired by George Fuller to trai his son to find out if the younger Fuller is having an affair. This deceptively simple job lands Blue in the middle of affairs, intrigue, incest, corruption, and some rather shady business deals. Blue comes off as cynical sort of fellow, believing that no one is quite what they appear to be (“Always thought I was a fake, but aren’t we all. We invent ourselves and defy the world to discover the ruse.”), but he is surprisingly unaware of some people’s darker sides.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Micah Ling
  • Date Published November 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934513-25-5
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 58pp
  • Price $13.00
  • Review by Chey Davis
I am convinced this will end well,
That it will not be too late,
That it will take place without witnesses.
  • Subtitle Stories of the Sixties
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Sandra Scofield
  • Date Published Fall 2017
  • ISBN-13 978-1-930835-18-4
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 127pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Kimberly Ann Priest

With the #metoo movement still changing the conversation on how women are treated in the US, this book of stories set in the 60s felt culturally relevant rather than retro. In three short fictions, Sandra Scofield examines the ambivalence and vulnerability of three women as well as the entitlement and ignorance of the men in their lives. Gender, more telling of one’s mobility and expectations in the 1960s than today, casts the male and female characters in narrowly defined roles. Women long for masculine freedoms and adopt a rebellious edge to keep themselves out of prepackaged social norms, while the various men in their lives conform to egoism, salvific nostalgia, and violent acts of privilege.

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Zara Raab
  • Date Published September 2011
  • ISBN-13 978-1-936370-44-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 116pp
  • Price $20.00
  • Review by Kevin Brown
Zara Raab’s collection centers around place and people, the Eel of the title a river in California where generations of Raab’s family settled. Raab lets the reader know early on that place will serve as an important theme throughout the collection, as each of the three section titles relate to place: “A Land of Wonders,” “Coming to Branscomb,” and “Hills above the Eel.” The collection shows a place changing, moving from a place that is not even a town, where a family’s house can serve as the one-room schoolhouse, to a contemporary city, though still small, with contemporary troubles.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Hailey Leithauser
  • Date Published October 2013
  • ISBN-13 978-1-55597-657-6
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 80pp
  • Price $15.00
  • Review by Elizabeth O'Brien
“If it could speak it would offer / you excess; it would / offer you more.”
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Abigail Cloud
  • Date Published April 2014
  • ISBN-13 978-0-8071-5693-3
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 88pp
  • Price $17.95
  • Review by Ryo Yamaguchi
The poems in Sylph, Abigail Cloud’s debut collection, are comprised of multiple balancing acts. They are graceful, self-assured poems, beautifully executed with a tightly focused imagistic sensibility. But they are also searching, inquisitive poems—their arrivals are real-time events, self-discoveries. They have an airy quality, as the title of the collection would suggest (there are “wings” everywhere), yet are also deeply rooted in the material world. They are as at-home in myth and the spirit world, or the haunting voices in archives, as they are in the garden and in the home.
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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Lindsay Tigue
  • Date Published April 2016
  • ISBN-13 978-1- 60938-401-2
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 71pp
  • Price $19.95
  • Review by Valerie Wieland
In addition to traditional rain showers, April 2016 will bring the launch of Lindsay Tigue’s book of poetry, System of Ghosts, winner of the 2015 Iowa Poetry Prize. In this, her first book, Tigue has mastered a technique of taking facts—some obscure—and using them as a springboard to wherever her imagination leads her. Judge Craig Moran Teicher says these bits of information are “gathered magpielike,” leading to insight.
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