Category: Book Reviews

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Essays One by Lydia Davis

★★☆☆☆ Lydia Davis is the flagship writer of the “flash fiction” format: fictional works of extreme brevity, sometimes consisting of just a sentence or two. With a publishing record spanning back to the late...

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Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

★★★★☆ With Little Weirds, actress and comedian Jenny Slate has created an inspiring manifesto for wayward young adulthood. A beautifully written, introspective search for meaning and self-actualization, Little Weirds is presented as a collection...

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Making the Monster by Kathryn Harkup

★★★★☆ “Frankenstein” has entered our consciousness as an undead monster in a curious confusion of roles. Frankenstein was actually Victor Frankenstein, the man who created the monster in Mary Shelley’s eponymous masterpiece. Books, television,...

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Megalith by John Martineau (editor)

★★★☆☆ It was the 1965 publication of Stonehenge Decoded by Gerald Hawkins that piqued this reviewer’s conscious interest in megaliths. The potential significance of Stonehenge and other structures noted therein opened my eyes, and...

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The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

★★★☆☆ In Speech and Debate competitions, there’s a technique used by debaters known as “the spread.” Instead of offering a pointed rebuttal to their opponent’s latest argument, a debater will attempt to overload the...

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Rusty Brown by Chris Ware

★★★★☆ It’s not fair, but one expects perfection from Chris Ware. Author of Jimmy Corrigan, Building Stories, and the recent Monograph, he is one of the most celebrated living cartoonists. Ware transformed the literary...