Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: The History of My Body

The thing that struck me most about Sharon Heath’s The History of My Body is the deep authenticity of the protagonist’s voice. The story is told in first person by Fleur Robins–daughter of an extravagantly wealthy fundamentalist nutjob politician father and alcoholic mother–who, at first, exhibits signs of being touched neurologically (never officially diagnosed, her disengaged …

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Review: My Memories of a Future Life by Roz Morris

My Memories of a Future Life is the first self-published book I’ve read cover-to-cover. It came out via Amazon’s Create Space in 2011. The premise is interesting, oozes potential.  A professional pianist, Carol, and her two-dimensionally homosexual flatmate, Jerry, stumble into using hypnosis as therapy.  Carol seeks to treat chronic pain that’s keeping her from …

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Book Review: Snakes

This is a beautiful book. I’m having a hard time saying anything else about it.  Beautiful is enough.  It is the only adequate word. I promised it to a friend, told her she should pass it on when she is done reading it.  But I do not want to part with it. I want to …

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Blueprints for Building Better Girls by Elissa Schappell

I’m a little sad that my first book talk here at Blue Lit is not going to be the celebratory, hyperbolic praise fest I wanted it to be when I got this book for the holidays. I found out about Elissa Schappell when I was on Tin House’s website, looking at their writers’ retreat 2012 …

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