Stealing Home: Los Angeles, the Dodgers, and the Lives Caught Between by Eric Nusbaum

Review by George Yatchisin If there were any justice, the names Palo Verde, La Loma, and Bishop would be as well-remembered a baseball triumvirate as Tinker, Evers, and Chance. But…

Of Woman and Salt by Gabriela Garcia

Review by Clara Oropeza From what corners of our lives do we summon the will to survive the wickedness of life? This seems to be a central question in Of…

The Innocents Abroad, or The New Pilgrim’s Progress by Mark Twain

A Fresh Look by Paul Willis Unlike many of my friends in Santa Barbara, I have never been to Europe.  So, when I recently received an invitation to teach a…

Beeswing: Losing My Way and Finding My Voice, 1967-1975 by Richard Thompson with Scott Timberg

Review by George Yatchisin When my physical therapist saw the book I brought to PT, asked what I was reading, and looked totally nonplussed, I have to admit it hurt…

Duplicity by Peter Selgin

Review by Linda Lappin In this darkly unsettling farce, Duplicity, novelist Peter Selgin lures the reader into the eerie parallel universe of doppelgangers, impostors, and multiple selves, while musing on the nature…

Black Writers, White Gaze

by Jinny Webber Yaa Gyasi’s essay in the March 20, 2021 book section of the Guardian throws out a challenge. Author of the new novel, Transcendent Kingdom, Gyasi describes her…

Late Migrations: A Natural History of Love and Loss by Margaret Renkl

Late Migrations is an elegantly-crafted collection of brief essays, many less than a page long, that focus on Renkl’s family history and the way she sees reflections of that history…

Still Life with Timex by Elisabeth Murawski

by Walter Cummins Poets have written about the death of children, the saddest and most intimate of griefs, from Ben Jonson’s “On My First Son—”Farewell, thou child of my right…

I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are by Rachel Bloom

Review by George Yatchisin Think of Rachel Bloom’s memoir I Want to Be Where the Normal People Are as a bathroom book. It’s written in zippy chapters—some lists, some mini-screenplays,…

Blue Swan Black Swan: The Trakl Diaries by Stephanie Dickinson

Review by Walter Cummins The Austrian poet Georg Trakl endured a short, distressed life (1887-1914) before he overdosed on cocaine in a psychiatric hospital in Krakow, sent there after a…