Book Reviews


V.26 No.46 | 11/16/2017
In in Water

Book Review

From Ink Black to Paper White

Graphic novel Ink in Water doesn't shy away from the hard stuff

Lacy J. Davis gives structure to her life in meaningful ways in her new graphic novel Ink in Water.
V.26 No.43 | 10/26/2017
Riley Mitchell
courtesy of the artist

Book Review

Into the Unknown

Investigate the paranormal through the pages of Riley Mitchell's book

The Essential Paranormal Bucket List

The Essential Paranormal Bucket List rounds up paranormal wonders from the world over.
V.26 No.37 | 9/14/2017
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

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Getting to Know Samantha Irby

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life inspires the desire to ... meet in real life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Samantha Irby's varied collection of essays makes the topics truly felt, accessible to all and approached with unflinching realness.
V.26 No.32 | 8/10/2017
Smoke Signals

Cannabis Manual

A Greener Future

Smoke Signals points the way by looking at the past

Smoke Signals details history through the lens of everyone's favorite plant.
V.26 No.31 | 8/3/2017
Buckskin Cocaine

Book Review

New Mexico After Dark

The high desert underworld of Buckskin Cocaine

Buckskin Cocaine

There is a particular emotional distance with which each character is held, until the moment when zooming in close and revealing vulnerability will be most wrenching.
V.26 No.23 | 6/8/2017

Book Review

Memory Rendered into Poetry

Jacqueline Woodson's visit and her novel, Another Brooklyn

In Another Brooklyn, two-parts poetry and one-part prose, it's not just the story that resonates, but the knack that Jacqueline Woodson has for infusing the world she creates with the contemplativeness that comes with her earnest poetry.
V.26 No.19 | 5/11/2017
Sunshine State

Book Review

All Roads Lead to Florida

Sarah Gerard's dark evocations of the sunshine state

Sarah Gerard's book of essays, Sunshine State, is an ode to the many faces of her home state, with a the dizzying toggle between internal landscapes and external forces, shifting between the poetic and the starkly unsentimental.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
Universal Harvester

Book Review

Midwestern Horror Mise en Scène

Universal Harvester falls short of its promise

Universal Harvester

Universal Harvester, despite its amazing jacket design and intriguing concepts, fails to ever pull the reader in fully.

V.26 No.6 | 2/9/2017

Book Review

Who Comes for the Girls

Zadie Smith's inquiry into race, belonging and privilege

Swing Time

A reader could easily pick up this novel and enjoy it without putting any thought to the underpinnings of all the drama; just as likely, what underpins each scene might be what others find most compelling and important.
V.25 No.52 | 12/29/2016
Pond

Book Review

The Magic of Solitude

Pond stands apart from literary convention

Claire-Louise Bennett's auspicious debut, Pond, distinguishes itself from other books published this year in every way—from subject to structure to tone, all the way down to the story's values.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
The Gloaming

Book Review

The Specter of Consequences

The Gloaming traces grief across continents

The Gloaming, by Melanie Finn, traces grief across continents.
V.25 No.37 | 9/15/2016
The Last Samurai

Book Review

The Last Samurai in London

No, it doesn’t have anything to do with that awful Tom Cruise movie

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai is a brilliant work that turns a classic story on its head.
V.25 No.20 | 5/19/2016
Zero K

Book Review

DeLillo’s Try for Immortality

Zero K extends career-long queries

Despite the unnecessary opaqueness of Zero K, it is a testament to DeLillo’s literary intellect and one-of-a-kind style.
V.25 No.2 | 1/14/2016
Unbecoming: A Novel

Book Review

Steal Life of Bad Fruit

Unbecoming: A Novel

In the immortal worlds of Buckaroo Banzai, “No matter where you go, there you are.”
V.24 No.23 | 6/4/2015
Your Band Sucks

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Your Band Sucks

The rise and fall of indie music

Your Band Sucks: What I Saw at Indie Rock's Failed Revolution (But Can No Longer Hear)

Jon Fine’s commentary is mostly just a memoir.