#Bookreview: Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni

My Review Mary Smith’s Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni: Real stories of Afghan women surprised me. Going into it, I expected the memoir to be interesting, as its focus is on a part of the world I know very little about. What I did not expect was that it would be so compelling. For three … Continue reading #Bookreview: Drunk Chickens and Burnt Macaroni

#Bookreview: Borders in Paradise

Review of Borders in Paradise James White’s Borders in Paradise opens in a one-bedroom, one-bathroom bungalow in West Hollywood, California. The year is 1939. The tiny bungalow is the Gaines family’s version of paradise, after twenty-two-year old Juno (John) and his brother Chassy (Charles) “ran away from that den of thieves and malcontents in Texas … Continue reading #Bookreview: Borders in Paradise

#Bookreview: November Weather Spell

Review of November Weather Spell I bought Robert Fillman’s debut poetry chapbook, November Weather Spell, on the strength of his poem “The Blue Hour,” which I first read in the literary magazine Ninth Letter. The blue hour of the poem’s title refers to the extra hour of dusk gained when the clocks are set back … Continue reading #Bookreview: November Weather Spell

#BookReview: Sacred Mounds

Jim Metzner’s historical fantasy Sacred Mounds opens with a man who has lost time and gained a tattoo on the palm of his hand. Meet Salvador Samuels, a middle-aged man of no particular distinction, except for being the “only Jew on the planet answering to this name.” But don’t call him Salvador; call him Lewis. … Continue reading #BookReview: Sacred Mounds