Our Little World by Karen Winn

Review by Walter Cummins Our Little World is in several ways a deceptive novel, cleverly constructed. The opening chapters told from the perspective of pre-teen Bee—the nickname she prefers over…

The Ninth Decade: An Octogenarian’s Chronicle by Carl H. Klaus

Review by George Yatchisin I like to think of Carl Klaus as a journal-ist. No, he didn’t write for newspapers, but his series of nonfiction books all were certainly journals,…

What Do I Know? by Jack Remick

Review by Jack Smith Jack Remick, novelist, poet, and nonfiction writer, arranges his current book according to calendar dates, beginning with January 5 and ending on June 16—or, beginning in…

Drive My Car, a movie by Ryusuke Hamaguchi, based on a story by Haruki Murakami

Essay by Walter Cummins Creating a three-hour movie based on a short story that takes only 26 minutes to read may sound like an act of folly. But the Japanese…

Free Love by Tessa Hadley

Review by Walter Cummins While pages of Tessa Hadley’s latest novel, Free Love, are filled with sexual activity and, more significantly, sexual gratification, satisfactions of the libido are transitory steps…

To Hell with It: Of Sin and Sex, Chicken Wings, and Dante’s Entirely Ridiculous, Needlessly Guilt-Inducing Inferno by Dinty W. Moore

Review by George Yatchisin If you’ve even wondered why the hell we came up with hell, this is the book for you. Dinty W. Moore knows of hell well, and…

You Are All a Part of Me by Lisa del Rosso

Review by H. L. Hix In her very brief “Foreword” to You Are All a Part of Me, Lisa del Rosso declares that the essays in the book “are about…

A Little Hope by Ethan Joella

Review by Walter Cummins The pages of Ethan Joella’s A Little Hope abound in death and loss. The novel, which opens with the question of whether a central character will…

Moments of Happiness by Niels Hav

Translated from the Danish by Per Brask & Patrick Friesen Review by Walter Cummins In his Afterword, Niels Hav writes, “Poetry’s first duty is to be an intimate talk with…

The Last Gift by Abdulrazak Gurnah

Review by Walter Cummins Although The Last Gift (2011) is not 2021 Nobel Prize winner Abdulrazak Gurnah’s most acclaimed novel—the Booker Prize short-listed Paradise is—it illustrates his many strengths as…