Book Reviews

homeschool rules
Ficton

Home School Rules by Michael Honig

Home School Rules is a look at the world of lockdown through the eyes of a 10-year-old boy. If you ever wondered what we adults look like to kids when we’re stressed, caged and on an emotional rollercoaster, wonder no longer! And be prepared to laugh. Nothing is quite so funny as seeing ourselves in… Continue reading Home School Rules by Michael Honig

Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano
Ficton, Science Fiction

Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano

Reviewed by Desiree Willis Jakarta focuses on the life of an unnamed narrator in a dystopian society where the virus Z-bug has caused nearly the extinction of the human race. Where he resides, his partner Clara holds a strong connection to a glowing stone; which holds powers that allow for the narrator to view past… Continue reading Jarkata by Rodrigo Márquez Tizano

Repentance by Andrew Lam
historical fiction

Repentance by Andrew Lam

Reviewed by Cara LaVigne “Kodomo no tameni… It means, ‘for the sake of the children.’”
 Andrew Lam’s Repentance unravels the life of a dysfunctional family as he reveals the secrets of a soldier fighting during WWII in the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a segregated unit composed of Japanese-American soldiers. The title of the book, Repentance,… Continue reading Repentance by Andrew Lam

Parisian Lives, by Deirdre Bair, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday
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Parisian Lives, by Deirdre Bair, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday

Reviewed by Martha Patterson In this shining and hard-to-put down memoir, journalist Deirdre Bair writes of interviews she conducted with playwright Samuel Beckett (WAITING FOR GODOT) and feminist Simone de Beauvoir (THE SECOND SEX) in Paris during the 1970s and ‘80s, while completing biographies of both. Bair had never authored a biography before, but Beckett,… Continue reading Parisian Lives, by Deirdre Bair, Nan A. Talese/Doubleday

Ficton

The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

Reviewed by Kelsie Colclough The End We Start From is Megan Hunter’s ambitious debut novella. Exploring motherhood in a flooded Britain is a fascinating concept delivered in the novella in a shaky format. The End We Start From leaves you feeling that more than Britain has flooded and been swept away; character names are reduced… Continue reading The End We Start From by Megan Hunter

non-fiction

In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

Reviewed by Clea Dobrish In The Dream House ​by Carmen Maria Machado- a raw, honest, and innovatively told memoir that paints a new picture of abuse. Machado has recently made herself known in the literary world with her short story collection titled ​Her Body and Other Parties​. Using fairy tales to depict the stories of… Continue reading In The Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

poetry

Sunlit Imagery, Heartfelt Lament: Two Chapbooks by William Heath

Reviewed by David Salner William Heath’s distinguished writing career includes scholarly books plus crime and historical novels. With these two new chapterbooks Heath shows us what he can do as a poet, from sunlit imagery to heartfelt lament. The reader would expect a mastery of setting in a volume titled Leaving Seville. But Heath’s lines… Continue reading Sunlit Imagery, Heartfelt Lament: Two Chapbooks by William Heath