Review Deep Vellum | April | The Magician of Vienna by Sergio Pitol and translated by George Henson

Deep Vellum is a non-profit publisher that primarily publishes works of translation. I purchased a ten-book subscription, e-book and paperback bundle. My total was $103, so they come out to about $10 for each book and I get both the e-book and paperback. They mail two books every two months. I reviewed two Deep Vellum books […]

Review | The Paris Review 220 | Spring 2017

As I noted in a previous post, when I subscribed to the NYRB Book Club it came with a free subscription to The Paris Review. Though I’ve read stories from this rag in the past, I’ve never sat down and read an entire issue from soup to nuts. I was pleasantly surprised by the content. You can read […]

Review | Quarterly Literary Box | The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

The Quarterly Literary Box is described thusly on their website: Receive three books a quarter, including a brand new release annotated by the author with hand-written notes, two more curated titles and delightful bookish goods—all delivered to your doorstep. Obviously I’m down with the idea of this box but I gotta start out by taking […]

Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy

I think there’s a very specific audience for Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America and unfortunately I’m not in that audience. The purpose of the book is to detail – and I do mean detail – a murder that takes place in Los Angeles. It was described to me as a “fast-paced narrative of […]

Book Review | In a Different Key: The Story of Autism by John Donvan and Caren Zucker

Damn, I super loved In a Different Key: The Story of Autism. A publisher sent it to me and I was expecting some good information but non-fiction can be a little rough for me. When it showed up at 500+ pages I assumed I was in for somewhat of a snoozefest but I didn’t snooze […]

Book Review | Life From Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin

Life from Scratch: A Memoir of Food, Family, and Forgiveness by Sasha Martin. I had really low expectations for this book, which I thought was a food memoir but was so much more than that. On the surface, it’s the story of a woman who decides to cook a meal from every country in the world, […]

Book Review | An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie

I feel pretty confident that anyone who’s capable of experiencing joy would love An African in Greenland by Tete-Michel Kpomassie. As the title implies, it is the story of an African man who travels to Greenland. Until his travels begin, he lives a pretty sheltered life within an African village where the men have numerous wives […]

Book Review | Dry by Augusten Burroughs

Holy shit, how am I going to review this? I guess the first thing you need to know is this: I am recovering alcoholic. Dry is the story of an active alcoholic who becomes a recovering alcoholic and then an active alcoholic and then a recovering alcoholic, etc. etc. It’s a memoir, these things are true, […]

Book Review | Alibis: Eassays on Elsewhere by Andrew Aciman

I super loved Alibis: Essays on Elsewhere by Andrew Aciman when I started reading it. I’m talking about super love here! It is a collection of essays about his traveling but what I especially loved about the first few essays was the unique and totally relatable way he talked about the weirdness of time and the passing […]

Book Review | The Radical King by Edited by Cornel West

“King and Mandela are the two towering public figures in the past fifty years in the world. Both have been Santa-Clausified – tamed, domesticated, sanitized, and sterilized – into nonthreatening and smiling old men with toys in their bags and forgiveness in their hearts. yet both were radical and revolutionary. They were hunted, hated, and […]