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The Immensity of Small Things: A Literary Review of Gretel Ehrlich’s Solace of Open Spaces

By Kate Scowsmith The Solace of Open Spaces by Gretel Ehrlich is an autobiographical account of the author’s experiences dealing with grief in the open planes of Wyoming. After losing someone dear to her, Gretel sets out to love life again by abandoning her creature comforts in the city. Working as a sheepherder, Gretel was … Continue reading

When Good Guys Go Bad and Back Again: The Complex Characters of George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons

by Andrea Huse In George R.R. Martin’s A Dance with Dragons, the fifth book in the epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, many different characters are struggling for political power, revenge, or survival. Martin has created a very complex world with many interwoven story lines, telling the story through the eyes of … Continue reading

Pleasantly Surprised: White Oleander by Janet Fitch

By Tyler Solorio When I read White Oleander by Janet Fitch, it was out of a request I had put up on my Facebook wall about wanting some suggested reading, I decided I would read whatever title was suggested to me – well as long as I consider the person credible, I would. I’m usually … Continue reading

A Sad Story That Needs No Sympathy: A review of Nick Flynn’s Another Bullshit Night in Suck City

by Jessica Harrington Nick Flynn has an impressive resume. Some Ether (2000) and Blind Huber (2002) are the first two books of poetry he put out; the former won the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award and he received  fellowships from The Guggenheim Foundation and The Library of Congress for the latter. His first memoir, which I am … Continue reading

A Spoonful of Laughter Makes the Medicine Go Down: A Review of A.J. Jacobs’ Drop Dead Healthy

by Tempra Board Laughing is good for your health, which is why you should read humor writer and self-experimenter A.J. Jacobs’ newest book, Drop Dead Healthy. I’m a fan of Jacobs. I first discovered him while standing in the humor aisle at Barnes and Noble one Christmas, looking for a book for my stepdad. The … Continue reading

Noah Lukeman Says It the Write Way

by Robyn Stafford As a writer I crave knowledge to understand ways to become not ‘just’ a writer, but an excellent writer who has confidence in my work. Having struggled with learning challenges due to a head injury, I have come to know my weaknesses and take joy in my strengths. My desire is to … Continue reading

Stephen King’s ‘On Writing’: A Must Read for the Aspiring Writer

by Jesse Davis Stephen King’s On Writing begins with a message from Mr. King assuring the reader that what they have in their hands is not a biography, but a trade book designed to help them learn from his experiences and develop into a stronger writer. He also makes recommendations towards some other books that … Continue reading

The Sunset Limited – Cormac McCarthy

Reviewed by Karl Michael Travis      The Sunset Limited by Cormac McCarthy is a novel in dramatic form. A white, college professor, named White, goes down to the subway to throw himself in front of a train. He’s stopped by a black, Christian, ex-con, named Black, who somehow persuades him up to his tenement apartment to … Continue reading

Empire of the Summer Moon – S.C. Gwynne Scribner

 Reviewed by Karl Travis Empire of the Summer Moon S.C. Gwynne Scribner, 2010      After reading Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne, all romantic notions of the old west are shot to death. It follows the rise and fall of the Comanche Nation, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history, and Quannah Parker, its last … Continue reading

Matthew Dickman will make you love poetry

Reviewed by Jessica Harrington So, it is a common fact amongst those that know me that I have never been a fan of poetry. I don’t have a real reason, I just never enjoyed reading or writing it. Possibly because I always thought it was so stuffy, emotional, and almost impossible to relate to. I … Continue reading