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Children of the Country

By: Abigail Shaffer Paperback: 262 pages Publisher: Outpost19 (November 1, 2016) Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Abigail Shaffer, the author of this novel, is a former social worker with roots in the Ozarks, and her background transforms what could have been … Continue reading

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Swing Time

By: Zadie Smith Publisher: Penguin Press (November 15, 2016) No. of pages: 464 Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Late in this novel, a central character is remembered for her honesty and warmth during deathbed visits. I remember a friend of hers, … Continue reading

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Dog Years

By: Melissa Yancy Series: Pitt Drue Heinz Literature Prize Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press; 1 edition (October 5, 2016) Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Ellen, a molecular geneticist, labors to find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy while … Continue reading

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Murderers, Whoremongers, Liars, and Worse

Murderers, Whoremongers, Liars, and Worse By: Robert Earle Published in: The Puritan Reviewed by: Vickie Fan         A few years back I taught a writing class with underprivileged women in Baltimore. We did one lesson on writing … Continue reading

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Time and Chance

By: Tom Blackburn Published by: Tom Blackburn Books (July 2016) No. of pages: 292 Reviewed by: Vickie Fang The joy of writing a blog that emphasizes small press writers is in discovering original voices — ones that are vigorous, untamed, … Continue reading

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Bertrand Court

Written by: Michelle Brafman Published by:Prospect Park Books; (September 6, 2016) No. of pages:  264 pages Reviewed by: Vickie Fang Bertrand Court is the second Brafman book reviewed on this blog. In April of 2015, we discussed Brafman’s debut novel, … Continue reading

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Bad Jobs and Bullshit: It’s Unlikely that We Will be Missed (An Anthology from the Geeky Press)

Title: Bad Jobs and Bullshit: It’s Unlikely that We will be Missed Published by: The Geeky Press Editors: Brad King, Amber Peckham, Jessica Dyer Length: 145 pages Kindle price: $2.99 Reviewed by: Ellen Birkett Morris When your own bad jobs … Continue reading

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