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As someone who's lived abroad for a year, been to Prague, and taught English as a Second Language, I found a lot to enjoy in this story of a young expat teaching English in Prague (and trying to explain "ass" as a positive and negative modifier). Endearing, amusing, full of the absurdities of being American abroad trying to live in an already surreal country, this is a delightful gift your young traveler will enjoy. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
I didn't think I wanted to read a story about housewives, but there are no deadlier creatures than the women of Herot Hall. A modern retelling of Beowulf, every bit as bloody, dark, witchy, and poetic as the original. I was enthralled. Fantastic in every sense of the world - a perfect spooky Halloween read. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
I have a book type, the same way I have a romantic type, and this is it: A literary mystery both revering and poking fun at everything that goes into novels - the authors and the writing, the readers and the reading, the publishers and the translators and the printer's errors. A romance between literati. A meta-narrator who speaks directly to you. Modernist fiction in an unusual format. Marry me, book. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
"I grieve that grief can teach me nothing, nor carry me one step into real nature. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Santlofer speaks of grief as a series of details preceding and trailing behind the sudden death of his wife. It does not read as a heinously uplifting account of the ways grief can inspire and better ourselves; it is instead like a conversation with a friend who knows exactly what you are going through. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
Brace for impact. The first sentence of this collection is terrifying and powerful, and it does not let up from there. Adjei-Brenyah is a Category 3 force and he's only going to get bigger. Rabid fans of Her Body and Other Parties will find its worthy successor here. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus