Tag Archives: Spring 2021

Music From Another World

Robin Talley Inkyard Press ($18.99) by Helena Ducusin Tremendous progress has been made in the past several decades in the realm of LGBTQ+ rights and representation. Because of this, it can be easy for younger readers to feel disconnected from the history of overt discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. Robin Talley’s historical fiction novel Music […]

What This Breathing

Laura Elrick The Elephants ($15) by David Brazil In an interview about the 1979 film Alien, director Ridley Scott stated that he understood the events of that film to be set in the same world as the urban dystopia of Blade Runner. With such classics of science fiction and apocalyptic cinema feeling especially relevant during […]

The Island Child

Molly Aitken Vintage ($16) by Jane Ainslie In The Island Child, Molly Aitken’s first novel, readers are taken to a barren, Irish island, where only America lies beyond the horizon. It may be the 1980s, but Inis is a place where idols of Jesus and the Virgin Mary live alongside tales of selkies and faerie […]

The Magic Fish

Trung Le Nguyen RH Graphic ($16.99) by Stephanie Burt The Magic Fish is everything. Or—in a less colloquial, wordier way—The Magic Fish is everything I want at the moment in a graphic novel, especially in one meant for both kids and adults to read. This first narrative work from the accomplished Minnesota-based illustrator Trung Le […]

Hommage à Moï Ver / The Ghetto Lane in Wilna: 65 Pictures

Sigutė Chlebinskaitė, Mindaugas Kvietkauskas, and Nissan N. Perez, eds. Institute of Lithuanian Literature and Folklore, Vilnius (€34) by M. Kasper Exquisitely designed, printed, and slipcased, this two-volume set includes a hardbound facsimile of The Ghetto Lane in Wilna, a masterpiece of book art from 1931, along with a companion paperback of bilingual essays. Deservedly, it […]

A Certain Hunger

Chelsea G. Summers Unnamed Press ($26) by Eleanor Stern “People ask me: Why do you write about food, and eating and drinking? Why don't you write about the struggle for power and security, and about love, the way others do? They ask it accusingly, as if I were somehow gross, unfaithful to the honor of […]

Brick City Vanguard: Amiri Baraka, Black Music, Black Modernity

James Smethurst University of Massachusetts Press ($26.95) by Patrick James Dunagan Poet Amiri Baraka belted out revolutionary truth to counter political bullshit, his sharp critique always blistering listener’s ears unlike any other. If it has, at times in the last four years, felt like some stringent poetic analysis has been missing, there is good reason. […]