A Museum

Every inch of the cozy 1200 square foot home had been painstakingly preserved to reflect, as much as possible, the original splendor of its 1988 purchase. Aside from the carpets that had been left threadbare and stained by decades of pets and so could not possibly be kept, all flooring, wallpaper, and furnishings were present, … More A Museum

A Mother’s Grief Transformed Through the Gospel of John: His Last Words by Kim Erickson

  One night Kim’s beautiful, blonde three-year-old son went to sleep. And never woke up. During a time of utter despair, Kim found Christ and began to study the gospel. In His Last Words, she draws upon her insight as a grieving mother and fledgling Christian (at the time), to lead women through a biblical study … More A Mother’s Grief Transformed Through the Gospel of John: His Last Words by Kim Erickson

Exploring the Most Important Job in Washington: The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple

I have to fess up to being a neophyte when it comes to politics and political history. I’d be pretty hard pressed to tell you much about the goings on in Washington any farther back than ten years, given that I was barely out of school then and had little interest or predilection for the … More Exploring the Most Important Job in Washington: The Gatekeepers by Chris Whipple

A Beautiful Study in Narrative Voice: Shani Mootoo’s Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

  Have you ever read something so poignant that it almost makes you angry? Angry that you can’t set words dancing melodically to a beautiful and evolving narrative the way this writer so effortlessly can? Surely, I’m not alone on this one . . . ? From the first paragraph of the first page of Shani Mootoo’s … More A Beautiful Study in Narrative Voice: Shani Mootoo’s Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab

An Outsider’s Perspective: Mexico by Josh Barkan

As I have likely mentioned before, I’m a sucker for a short story collection–something about unraveling the thread that links the seemingly disparate characters and tales– so I all but jumped at the chance to review Josh Barkan’s Mexico: Stories. In it, Barkan, a celebrated writer and Creative Writing professor who lives part-time in Mexico … More An Outsider’s Perspective: Mexico by Josh Barkan

A Delightful Southern Gothic: The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis

  Family secrets, a decadent and possibly haunted mansion, and an abundance of literary references?! Be still my heart! The Barrowfields, the brilliant debut novel by Phillip Lewis, is a beautifully done southern gothic with all the intrigue, romance, and twists one could hope for. Phillip’s highly-detailed narrative and soothing prose draw readers deep into the … More A Delightful Southern Gothic: The Barrowfields by Phillip Lewis

A Tempestuous Read:Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

           If you’ve never heard of Margaret Atwood , welcome to the planet Earth. Please allow me to show you around. I jest, but the woman has nothing short of 40 major works under her belt, ranging from dystopian fiction, to children’s books, to literary criticism and other non-fiction books on writing … More A Tempestuous Read:Hag-Seed by Margaret Atwood

The Reverberations of War in Civilian Life: These Heroic, Happy Dead by Luke Mogulson

The effects of war are unpredictable and ever-reaching. Luke Mogulson’s These Heroic, Happy Dead, a collection of modern war-related short stories, provides unsettling, haunting glimpses into the lives of veterans suffering from varying degrees of PTSD. Like Tim O’Brien’s epic Vietnam war novel The Things They Carried, (one of my all-time favorites), These Heroic, Happy … More The Reverberations of War in Civilian Life: These Heroic, Happy Dead by Luke Mogulson