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Apr.27.2012
  Book Review Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite In Carol Denise Mitchell’s new book: The Mad Sister –Mercy Jean Diamond was born to African-American heart surgeon Fred Diamond and his wife, Maggie, a reformed prostitute, on July 12, 1928. Ten years later to the day, Mercy's...
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Apr.27.2012
  Book Review Reviewed by Alice D. for Readers Favorite In Carol Denise Mitchell’s new book: The Mad Sister –Mercy Jean Diamond was born to African-American heart surgeon Fred Diamond and his wife, Maggie, a reformed prostitute, on July 12, 1928. Ten years later to the day, Mercy's...
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Apr.17.2012
Deborah Batterman's new ebook, just published as a Kindle Single, is intimate and inventive. The linked essays in Because My Name is Mother are rich with telling details. Objects and everyday acts resonate until we can see ourselves in the vivid moments the author creates. There's the photograph...
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Mar.30.2012
I recently reviewed Jeanette Winterson's terrific new memoir -- WHY BE HAPPY WHEN YOU COULD BE NORMAL -- for Truthdig.com.  Here's the first bit: Winterson's scalding new memoir Jeanette Winterson’s novels circle round the same themes—the power of story and mythmaking, the fluidity of...
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Mar.04.2012
  Words and Music by Metta Sáma EXCERPTS: “King’s book is not quiet; hers is an aesthetics of sound fractured, fragmented, compounded, mixed, remixed, sampled, jointed, yes, even anointed. (Check out the cover of this book, it’s sparseness of image, this blaringly red background, these...
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Mar.04.2012
  Words and Music by John Pluecker EXCERPTS: “Amy King is doing God’s work. Of course, I don’t mean God in a traditional Christian way; I mean God in the way that King speaks of God in her recent book, I Want to Make You Safe: …”   “The video gave me the feeling of what I imagined when...
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Feb.20.2012
That's the last line of Jerry Wheeler's review of Detours over at Out in Print. Full disclosure: having met Jerry at the Saints & Sinners Literary Festival and contributed a couple stories to anthologies he's edited, I consider him a friend. So, it was a relief to find out he liked the book. I...
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Feb.16.2012
Wild Goose Poetry Review Contemporary Poetry, Reviews, and Commentary Ami Kaye, Review of Dorianne Laux’s “The Book of Men” leave a comment » ReviewAmi Kaye THE BOOK OF MENDorianne LauxNorton, 2011ISBN: 978-0-393-07955-5 In her newest collection, The Book of Men, Dorianne Laux solidifies her...
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Feb.02.2012
    I Want to Make You Safe POETRY UPDATES! • HOUSEFIRE – “I would like to amputate myself?” •  Poetry Daily’s Featured Poet: Amy King • Boston Globe award: among the best poetry books of 2011 • Coldfront’s Top 30 Poetry Books of 2011 #17 • THE RUMPUS – “Death, Is Always” • Poets...
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Jan.14.2012
This installment of Written Words has reviews of two very different types of books. First is Secrets by SL Pierce: a taut, fast-paced thriller. Pierce is a professional writer. Her skill and knowledge of putting together a good read is evident in all her books. She doesn't waste words and knows...