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TLR Recommends: Nonfiction Book Reviews

January 16, 2017

Listening to Kathy By Jo Scott-Coe ISBN: 978-0692747971 Big Jacaranda Books There is something to be said for the very small books; the ones you carry about in your pocket or your pocketbook, to be delved into and read over time. Converse to their size, one wants to linger with them: their compactness urges you… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Fiction Book Reviews

Just a note before the book reviews to let you know that submissions for TLR issue 10 are now open. Send us your poetry, fiction, and nonfiction now through April 30 to be considered for our summer issue. Fiction and nonfiction also offer feedback options. Check out the submission guidelines page for more info. Wild… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Fiction Book Reviews

Letters from Dinosaurs Stories by Leland Cheuk ISBN: 978-1945796104 Thought Catalog Books September, 2016 Some of the stories in Leland Cheuk’s new collection rank among the best I’ve read this year. The book opens with “A Letter From Your Dinosaur,” which ran in our premier issue in 2014, and reminded me of just how much… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Fiction Book Reviews

4,500 Miles: Taking Jack Back on the Road A Gonzo Prose Book by Ciara Shuttleworth ISBN: 978-0991203796 (Hardcover) Humanitas Media Publishing September, 2016 Jack Kerouac is almost as much an idea as he was a writer. No one prior so perfectly embodied the concept of the writer-wanderer, and his book On the Road has since… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Book Reviews

Becoming Wise Krista Tippett Penguin Press 978-1594206801 I used to wonder if there were no more true philosophers left. They’d all become specialized as ethicists, semioticians, linguists, logicians, aestheticians; had turned to narrowly-defined studies of behavior and logic. But there wasn’t anyone dedicated to synthesizing and broadening the knowledge of our human endeavors: religion, physics,… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Nonfiction Book Reviews

The Courtship of Eva Eldridge: A Story of Bigamy in the Marriage-Mad Fifties Diane Simmons University of Iowa Press, August 2016 ISBN: 978-1609384616 Some of us are perpetually, desperately, in love with letters. We love writing them, getting them in the mail, and we may even still have a box or two of those silly… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: New Poetry Reviews

The Book of Hulga Rita Mae Reese The University of Wisconsin Press ISBN-13: 978-0299308148 $14.95/90pp When I bought this volume, I told the bookseller, “I need this desperately.” He laughed, but I meant it. I have what most Flannery O’Connor fans have–a fierce devotion to all things O’Connor, and the sense that the legendary writer… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Fiction Book Reviews

For this month’s book reviews, we’ve included a fun little contest in which two winners can receive a year’s subscription to the print edition of TLR. See the challenge at the end of the first review.

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TLR Recommends: Nonfiction Book Reviews

Reclaimers Ana Maria Spagna University of Washington Press, 2015 $28.95 ISBN 978-0-295-099513-7 Ana Maria Spagna calls the verdant Pacific Northwest home, but she has her roots in the arid Southern California desert. These two narratives seem to form the helix that is the story behind Reclaimers, a book that tells a story of ecological change,… Read More ›

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TLR Recommends: Book Reviews Are Back

After some months off, TLR Recommends: Book Reviews are back. We plan on running reviews once a month, alternating fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. First up, fiction. A novel, a collection, and an anthology of flash, reviewed by Fiction Editor Joe Ponepinto. If you have a book you’d like to see reviewed (we prefer books with… Read More ›