Book Reviews

Book Reviews | Literary Arts

Shanan Ballam’s “Inside the Animal” Probes the Red Riding Fairy Tale for Poetic Possibilities

Inside the Animal, Shanan Ballam’s latest poetry collection, is subtitled “The Collected Red Riding Hood Poems” and encompasses some of her 2010 chapbook The Red Riding Hood Papers. Only some — a number of poems from the earlier work have been dropped as the poet has sharpened her focus, and new […]

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Change and Distortion of the Human Condition in Paisley Rekdal’s Nightingale

Nightingale is the fifth full-length book of poems by award-winning poet Paisley Rekdal, Utah’s current poet laureate and director of the University of Utah’s creative writing program. The cover features a stunning black and white image by New York artist Sara VanDerBeek entitled “White Nude.” Nightingale is published […]

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James McLaughlin’s Bearskin is a Hallucinatory Literary Thriller as Much About the Wilds of the Forest as the Poaching That Takes Place There

In James A. McLaughlin’s debut novel Bearskin, Rice Moore must choose to preserve his personal safety in anonymity or risk exposure by trying to catch the people responsible for the illegal killings of bear. The book is a plot-driven yet meaningful story of justice and redemption set in […]

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The Imagination of History and Gender in Katharine Coles’ Look Both Ways

After finishing Look Both Ways, I found myself recommending it to friends based on its ability to cause me to rethink imagination, history, and gender. It’s an imaginative book, self-imaginative. It’s a biography/memoir by Katharine Coles that centers on her grandmother, Miriam Wollaeger Link, and their respective journeys around the […]