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Review: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

July 22, 2014 | Nikki | 7 Comments

Book: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor Rating: 4.75/5 songs that sound like the wind Recommended if you like: Post-apocalyptic settings rife with shape-shifting magic; stories that tend to linger and haunt you long after reading them; tales where words create and sustain their own magical power First lines: “My […]

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Review: The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson

June 24, 2014 | Kelsey | Be The First To Comment

Book: The Madness Vase by Andrea Gibson Rating: 4.5/5 feathers looking for a purpose on the wind Recommended if you like: Activism poetry from label-eschewing poets First lines: “The nutritionist said I should eat root vegetables.” Published: Write Bloody Publishing, 2011 But by bones said, […]

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Review: House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle

June 14, 2014 | Nikki | Be The First To Comment

Book: House of Purple Cedar by Tim Tingle Rating: 4/5 mugs of hot cocoa Recommended if you like: Contemplative end-of-life reflections; good old fashioned story-telling with big characters and big tales; watching towns and communities grow together after the bad is scrubbed clean First lines: “I always feared death by ice. Much […]

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You Should Read This: The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie

June 3, 2014 | jericha | 2 Comments

Book: The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie Recommended if you like: anything by James Baldwin Rating: 4.5 out of 5 rebellious girls defying their pastors First line: “Ava did not remember the taste of butter.” Published: 2012 by Black Girl Dangerous Press, 227 […]

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Review:  Let The Dark Flower Blossom by Norah Labiner

May 28, 2014 | Satan | 2 Comments

Book:  Let The Dark Flower Blossom by  Norah Labiner Recommended if you Like: to be completely bewildered, beguiled, and bewitched, due to/in spite of its format maybe tricking you into thinking you’re high. Rating: 4 out of 5 broken storytelling rules First Line: “He only said her […]

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Book Review: Sarah Kay, No Matter the Wreckage

May 22, 2014 | Kelsey | 2 Comments

Book: No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay Rating: 4/5 dreamy-eyed poets Recommended if you like: Poetry that swims in its own earnestness with a touch of humor. First lines: “I will wake you up early, / even though I know you like to stay […]

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Review: How a Mother Weaned Her Girl From Fairy Tales

May 8, 2014 | NeriS | 2 Comments

Book:  How a Mother Weaned Her Girl From Fairy Tales, and Other Stories by  Kate Bernheimer; Illus. Catherine Eyde Published:  August 2014 by Coffee House Press, Minneapolis. Recommended if you like:  offbeat, unusually structured stories; re-imagined fairy tales with a somewhat dark (but also whimsical) tone; […]

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Read A Classic: Portnoy’s Complaint

April 13, 2014 | jericha | 10 Comments

Book: Portnoy’s Complaint by Philip Roth Year Published: 1967 First lines: “She was so deeply imbedded in my consciousness that for the first year of school I seem to have believed that each of my teachers was my mother in disguise.” Rating: 4.5 out of 5 […]

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Review: Gunk by Gerry Feehily

April 8, 2014 | Susie | 1 Comment

Book: Gunk by Gerry Feehily Rating: 4.25/5 planks of wood that you awkwardly pose with Recommended if you like: the 80s, stories about the fashion world, very short fiction First Lines: “As a former booker to fashion models, I’ve seen them all, boys and girls, appear […]

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You Should Read This: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller

March 7, 2014 | Susie | 6 Comments

Book: The Last Days of California by Mary Miller Rating: 4.25/5 stops at the casino before the rapture Recommended if you like: books that look at the imperfect underbellies of religious families; coming of age tales; road trip stories First lines: “It was Wednesday and […]

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