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Sophie Pinkham – Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine

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If you’ve ever had any interest in Ukraine, than look no further than Sophie Pinkham’s recent debut, Black Square: Adventures in Post-Soviet Ukraine (W.W. Norton & Company). This book is no mere accounting of current events.  It is a beautifully rendered illustration of life in modern Ukraine that intertwines historical and cultural facts through the

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January 9, 2017

Paula Whyman – You May See a Stranger

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I’m daydreaming about a white box truck. And look, it has just pulled into my driveway. It could be the very one they talked about last night on the news, the one we’re supposed to watch out for and worry about. Except, on the side of this truck there’s a picture of a horse, a

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November 14, 2016

Jeffrey Ford – A Natural History of Hell

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If stories are an attempt to connect with and understand the world, then Jeffrey Ford’s story collection A Natural History of Hell, out now from Small Beer Press, unearths possibilities in our sleeping hearts. The unknowable woods, the rotting house you would scurry by as the daylight wanes (but end up exploring anyway), these places

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October 31, 2016

John Jodzio – Knockout

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The tall tale is elevated to an art form in John Jodzio’s third collection of stories, the deeply weird and satisfying Knockout (Soft Skull Press). Oddly affecting characters abound in Knockout, from Lily and Annabelle, young sisters who report on their parents dysfunctional fights to passing truckers via CB radio, to the girlfriend of a

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September 5, 2016

Dinah Cox – Remarkable

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Aaron said, Look Chet, I’m just like you, okay? I don’t use pesticides on my lawn, I give to Habitat for Humanity, and I vote for the Democrats. So what’s the big deal? I want my children to have a viable future, that’s all. You don’t have any children, I said. That’s true, Faye said.

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August 29, 2016

Margo Orlando Littell – Each Vagabond by Name

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The small town of Shelk has a problem, one of the oldest. When visitors show up on the town’s metaphorical doorstep, break-ins begin occurring. Family heirlooms go missing, along with food and small trinkets. The townspeople can feel something hovering, ominous and unstoppable. Main characters Stella and Ramsy watch as people they’ve known for years

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August 22, 2016

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