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Book Reviews by Title - T (87)

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  • Book Type Poetry
  • by Zachary Harris
  • Date Published December 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-1-934832-28-8
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 41pp
  • Price $9.00
  • Review by Sima Rabinowitz
Full disclosure: I am partial to New Michigan Press chapbooks (they published one of mine). More full disclosure: I am favorably inclined to Ander Monson’s (New Michigan publisher) designs (I worked with him on the design of my chapbook and he is an attentive and respectful designer, as well as publisher). Full disclosure: I still find it odd that “New Michigan” is now in Arizona! (But, that’s where Ander Monson has been for the last few years, teaching in Tucson) And, finally: one of the things I really admire about Monson’s work as a publisher (not to mention his stamina and persistence and his own very successful writing) is his generous editorial vision; he likes a lot of different work and he supports artists with very different tendencies, styles, and preoccupations.
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  • Book Type Fiction
  • by Madeline McDonnell
  • Date Published December 2010
  • ISBN-13 978-0-9844889-2-6
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 79pp
  • Price $10.00
  • Review by Tessa Mellas
Most story collections pilfer their titles from a story within the book. But doesn’t that seem like favoritism, inaccurate representation, a sign that the stories are engaged in aggressive sibling rivalry rather than uniting in one cosmic birthing of art? Madeline McDonnell seems to think so. The title of her slim collection of three stories, There Is Something Inside, It Wants to Get Out, not only refuses to engage in thievery. The title voices the thing that holds these sister stories together, identifies the common emotional core between them, an undercurrent of desperation linked to inhabiting female skin. Each story’s protagonist struggles with a winged angst that flaps around inside her body, signaling a disturbance in her ability to enact her feminine self.
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  • Book Type Flash Fiction
  • by Howie Good
  • Date Published Achilles Chapbook Series, December 2008
  • Format Chapbook
  • Pages 24pp
  • Price $4.00
  • Review by Ryan Call
A vague, unnamable danger drives much of the language throughout Howie Good’s Tomorrowland. The narrator speaks of a land in which “bodies in the early stages of decay hang like gray rags from the trees” and authorized personnel instruct evacuees “to wait for the destroying angels to tire and the broken buildings to stop burning.” It seems that the characters of this world cannot escape no matter how carefully they plot: secret police and paid snitches abound, and the whirring ceiling cameras never cease.
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