Archive for book reviews

Review: Blackout: Remembering The Things I Drank to Forget

I have a new review up at Heavy Feather Review, of Sarah Hepola’s Blackout. I don’t know why I love addiction narratives as much as I do, but let me tell you, this is a good one. If you’ve ever had an issue with alcohol or know someone who has (that ought to cover about everyone), I think you’ll enjoy this book.


Review: There’s Something I Want You To Do

I have a new review up at Heavy Feather Review of Charles Baxter’s There’s Something I Want You To Do, a new collection of stories.


I didn’t say this in the review, but it’s not my favorite cover in the world, mainly because I kept setting it on the coffee table and then wouldn’t be able to find it. Other than that, I really liked it. At this point Charles Baxter could write a grocery list and I’d want to read it.

Review: Get in Trouble

I have a new review up at Heavy Feather Review: Kelly Link’s story collection Get In Trouble.


In some ways it made sense for me to review this book (I love short stories; I have a Ph.D. English) and in some ways it was a stretch (I am very much a realism girl), but there’s something so captivating and odd about Link’s work that makes me love to sink in and enjoy the weirdness as I work it through my head.

If you haven’t read her stories yet, I highly recommend them!

Review: Almost Famous Women

I have a new review up at Heavy Feather Review of Almost Famous Women by Megan Mayhew Bergman.


No lie: I really loved this book. I thought it was so well written and researched, and just a treat line by line. I can’t wait to check out Mayhew Bergman’s first book, Birds of A Lesser Paradise. I remember hearing this title but never picked it up. I will rectify that soon.

Oh! And I saw on Twitter that one of my favorite stories from this collection, “The Seige at Whale Cay,” was selected by T.C. Boyle for Best American Short Stories 2015!

Review: Karin Lin-Greenberg’s Faulty Predictions

My latest book review is up at Heavy Feather Review. Faulty Predictions won the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction and is definitely worth a read!