Category: Book Reviews

Book Review: Eightysixed

Book Review: Eightysixed
I have never read a book quite like Emily Belden’s Eightysixed: Life Lessons Learned. It is an honest memoir, recounting Belden’s life as she moves through the uncertain days post college through her budding “adult” life in the land of deep dish pizza, hot dogs with celery salt and Malort. Emily tells us about what... Read more »

Asher may be the most restrained teen ever in Asher's Fault

Asher may be the most restrained teen ever in Asher's Fault
One of the main things I hope for when jumping into a new story is that I am about to be taken on a new adventure, into a mind I will never have the chance to be in, asking myself questions that would not normally pop into my head. I want to feel something for... Read more »

Humboldt, a novel unlike any you've read before (truly)

Humboldt, a novel unlike any you've read before (truly)
If the Marx Brothers ever wrote a novel, I bet you anything it would be like Scott Navicky’s spectacular debut novel, Humboldt, Or The Power of Positive Thinking.  Coming in at over four hundred pages and moving along at breakneck pace, every chapter reads like an episode in a great screwball comedy from the days... Read more »
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Something you probably missed in WWII history

Something you probably missed in WWII history
First, I think you should know. I am a history geek. I teach history, I read histories for fun, I listen to history podcasts while I do other menial tasks. So when I tell you that I enjoyed Arnie Bernstein’s book, Swastika Nation I want you to know that I was already in their target demographic. That being... Read more »

Home Fires shines a light on real things that matter

Home Fires shines a light on real things that matter
There are many moments in life where it will test you, sometimes leaving you in a place where either path causes a great deal of pain. How do you know which choice is best, or the right one? Myra Benning, the main character of Home Fires by Judith Kirscht, has her strength tested as a... Read more »

Friend. Follow. Text. is a social media puzzle

Friend. Follow. Text. is a social media puzzle
As a youth whose part of the Millennial generation, I went into Friend. Follow. Text. having a genuine personal interest and excitement due to growing up with the computer and internet. I wondered what unique perspective these creative essays could take on social media and relationships I have not heard already or experienced myself; I... Read more »
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My belly is satisfied after indulging in Meaty, Samantha Irby’s book debut of a collection of short, personal essays

My belly is satisfied after indulging in Meaty, Samantha Irby’s book debut of a collection of short, personal essays
I don’t think I have ever read a book that left me wishing the author was my new best friend, or that my mind had created the rich short stories printed on the page. Samantha Irby’s Meaty did just that. Sam, can I call you Sam? I may have developed a girl crush on you.... Read more »

A sacred space: A review of Personal Memoirs and Short Stories by Lani Hall Alpert

A sacred space: A review of Personal Memoirs and Short Stories by Lani Hall Alpert
I have never been one to believe in coincidences; it can be something big or small, such as a moment, a meeting, or a book that happens to fall into my lap because someone just knew I would love it. Little did this person know how deeply I truly would connect and find myself in... Read more »

Zero Fade by Chris L. Terry

“That’s what this week was, a bunch of prickly things sticking into me,” muses 13-year-old Kevin Phifer, near the beginning of Zero Fade, Chris L. Terry’s debut. In the week that the story spans, the prickly things sticking into Kevin include: being grounded, Tyrell—the bully, his mom going on a date, and his crush–“fine, orange-haired... Read more »
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Mason Johnson's debut novella SAD ROBOT STORIES is an achievement

Mason Johnson's debut novella SAD ROBOT STORIES is an achievement
Do you like stories? Good stories. Stories found in books. I’m not talking about faith. I’m not talking about God. I don’t want to talk about those things. I’m talking about real stories. Stories you can wrap yourself around. Not literally. Just… stories that make you feel like you’re coming apart, like you’re exploding, but... Read more »