Day of the Dead and Other Works, by Sylvia Ji @ NYJB

Happy Day of the Dead everyone! Check out this book of cool art by Sylvia Ji. Continue reading Day of the Dead and Other Works, by Sylvia Ji @ NYJB

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The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May, by Mark I. Danielewski @ NYJB

“Understanding the full scope of The Familiar is akin to counting the raindrops.” Continue reading The Familiar, Volume 1: One Rainy Day in May, by Mark I. Danielewski @ NYJB

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To Account for Murder by William C. Whitbeck

If Permanent Press had a prestige novel, To Account for Murder by William C. Whitbeck would it.  The novel presents a fictionalized version of real life events that happened in Michigan.  In 1945, Senator Warren G. Hooper was murdered in a gangland-style slaying.  To this day, the murder case has never been solved.  William C. Whitbeck, the author of the novel, also works as Chief Judge of the Michigan Court.  He presents us with the tale of one Charlie Cahill, a disabled vet, prosecutor, and son of an Irish bootlegger. Set in Lansing during 1945 and into 1946, Whitbeck paints … Continue reading To Account for Murder by William C. Whitbeck

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Book Review: The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, by C.M. Mayo

Mexico has been in the news lately. It has also been part of the literary tsunami following the publication of Roberto Bolaño’s epic 2666. In the section entitled “The Part about the Crimes,” Bolaño brings us into a world of chaotic violence against women in Santa Teresa near the US-Mexican border. The free flow of capital and drugs turns Santa Teresa into a zone of relentless murder, brutality, and violation. But to understand the violence of modern Mexico, one must also understand the violence of 19th century Mexico. C.M. Mayo’s historical romance, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, brings … Continue reading Book Review: The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, by C.M. Mayo

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