Reviews

‘God Help The Child’: Master storyteller pens complex, graceful love story

The main arch of Toni Morrison’s new novel, “God Help the Child,” is a steady one, but pulsing closely under its surface are a ... »

‘Inspector of the Dead’: Rambo creator back with best mystery yet

Move over Rambo, papa’s got a brand-new bag.

David Morrell, the former University of Iowa professor who introduced Rambo to the world ... »

REVIEW | ‘Vano and Niko and Other Stories’

A hot topic in education is divergent thinking. Often a 1968 study by George Land and Beth Jarman is cited. In this study, researchers asked 1,600 ... »

‘Autumn Dead’ and ‘The Night Remembers’: Two of Ed Gorman’s best recently re-released together

Two of Ed Gorman's finest novels are out in an omnibus offering that gives longtime fans an opportunity to revisit them and new readers a chance at ... »

‘The Distant Marvels’: Acevedo is a true storyteller in every sense

When I was in graduate school in Syracuse, our best nights seemed to always involve a guy named Phil LaMarche. He wasn’t a partyer or a wild ... »

“Snippets”: A life told in ‘Snippets’

Gordon Strayer, known to many from his long career with the University of Iowa News Services, has collected memories from his long life into ȁ ... »

‘Triumph over Destiny’: Stories are a worthy, but challenging, read

Knowing that the events recounted in Peladija Woodson-Diers story of her mother’s “Triumph Over Destiny” actually happened und ... »

Review: How Tom Eliot grew up to write ‘The Waste Land’

Golly, but T.S. Eliot was an unhappy fellow.

Open almost any page in Robert Crawford’s biography, “Young Eliot,” to be p ... »

‘The Brueghel Moon’: Author untaps the power of the heart

“The Brueghel Moon,” the latest work from highly acclaimed Georgian author, poet, and playwright Tamaz Chiladze (Dalkey, $14.95), beg ... »

‘Thrown’: MFA grad writes about MMA training

Kerry Howley’s “Thrown” (Sarabande Books, 282 pages, $15.95) is a non-fiction book with a fictional narrator.

The book ... »

‘Binary Star’: Gerard penned hypnotic narrative on eating disorder

A young woman in the grips of an eating disorder narrates her codependent relationship with her alcoholic boyfriend in Sarah Gerard’s debut ... »

‘On Immunity’: An introspection on inoculation, immunity

In “On Immunity: An Inoculation,” Eula Biss explores the anxieties and prejudices swirling through debates about vaccination. Biss, w ... »

‘Splinters of Light’: Author finds joy in tragic tale

Imagine you are a successful 44-year-old woman. You have overcome raising your daughter alone after your husband left for a younger woman and start ... »

‘The Unraveling of Mercy Louis’: Writer is one to watch

Growing up is complicated, especially for young women in Texas, or so it seems in Keija Parssinen’s second novel, “The Unraveling of ... »

“Act of God’: Book belies slapstick humor, goes deeper

Dealing with mold is never pleasant. Jill Ciment’s remarkable new novel takes that unpleasantness a step further, introducing the world to a ... »