Reviews

‘A Quilt Club For Christmas’: ‘Pickle Club’ prequel worth the wait for Dallas fans

It’s been 20 years since author Sandra Dallas wrote The Persian Pickle Club, and fans have been hoping for a sequel ever since. Dallas has d ... »

‘The Last Breath’: Betrayal, importance of forgiveness integral to debut novel

Kimberly Belle packs a punch with the gripping prologue of “The Last Breath.” And this debut novelist keeps readers turning the pages ... »

‘Proclivity’: Midwest author sets up series but doesn’t instill need to read more

A good portion of Kris Kaiser’s self-published debut thriller, “Proclivity,” takes place in Iowa, including key scenes in Swis ... »

‘Now we will be happy’: Standalone stories are strongest together

One of the characters in Amina Gautier’s remarkable new collection of short stories, “Now We Will Be Happy” (University of Neb ... »

‘The Witch and the Other Tales Re-told’: Thompson didn’t rebuilt, didn’t just retell classic tales

Imagine Hansel and Gretel not as lost children in the woods but as city kids in a terrible foster home. That sort of reimagining fuels Jean Thompso ... »

‘Riders on the Storm’: Gorman’s coming-of-age series comes to a close

Cedar Rapids author Ed Gorman’s successfully-drawn literary picture of Sam McCain’s coming of age comes to a close in the satisfying ... »

‘Turn me loose’ poet excels in moving readers on age-old topic

Poet Frank X Walker calls forth the spirit of a civil rights martyr in his new collection, “Turn Me Loose: The Unghosting of Medgar Evers.&# ... »

‘Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932’ Novel contains many voices, each adding complexity

Francine Prose’s new novel, “Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932,” is a story deeply invested in the nature of truth, the ... »

‘Not That Kind of Girl’: Lena Dunham’s memoir packed with witty anecdotes, honesty

I came to Lena Dunham, appropriately enough, at my therapist’s office. I was paging through the Aug. 13, 2012, issue of the New Yorker, wait ... »

‘Your Life Isn’t For You’: Blog post turns into book meant to inspire kindness

You might be one of the 30 million people who read Smith’s blog post titled, “Your Marriage isn’t for You” or one of th ... »

Japanese cartoonist’s long tale finally closes — maybe

In every review I’ve read over the past couple decades about cartoonist Yukito Kishiro’s series about a martial arts-trained cyborg & ... »

‘Jonestown Survivor: An Insider’s Look’ peels back why people died in Jonestown

In the immediate aftermath of the tragedy of Jonestown on Nov. 18, 1978, the Peoples Temple movement was portrayed in an almost exclusively one-sid ... »

‘Landline’ calls on time travel for fun plot

Writers have pondered the possibility of time travel — its benefits and possible repercussions — for years. In Omaha-based author Rai ... »

“While the Gods were Sleeping”: Fascinating, frustrating memoir

Elizabeth Enslin begins her memoir “While the Gods were Sleeping” with the story of her son’s birth in a small village in Nepa ... »

‘Some Luck’: Readers of Smiley’s new book are the lucky ones

The title of Jane Smiley’s new novel doesn’t go far enough to describe the reader’s experience. Reading “Some Luck ... »