Book Reviews


new John Green’s Looking for Alaska: Review by Bethany Biesinger

Katey Schultz’s Flashes of War: Review by Brett Sholtis

Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe: Review by Caroline Benner Wolff

Lauren Groff’s Arcadia: Review by Jennifer Bannan

Tamas Dobozy’s Seige 13: Review by Tyler McAndrew

Sam Savage’s The Way of the Dog: Review by Jacob Spears

César Aira’s Varamo: Review by Jonathan Vander Woude

Justin Torres’s We the Animals: Review by Stephanie Wilson Rothfuss

Andrew Miller’s Pure: Review by Jacob Spears

Joshua Henkin’s The World Without You: Review by Jennifer Bannan

Esi Edugyan’s Half-Blood Blues: Review by Nicole Bartley

Lysley Tenorio’s Monstress: Review by Jason Sattler

Michel Houellebecq’s The Map and the Territory: Review by Jacob Spears

John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars: Review by Nicole Bartley

Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station: Review by Adam Reger

Monica Ali’s Brick Lane: Review by Eileen Y. Lee

Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife: Review by Adam Reger

Rosamund Lupton’s Sister: Review by Beth Steidle

Gina Ochsner’s The Russian Dreambook of Color and Flight: Review by Rosemary Callenberg

Kevin Brockmeier’s The Illumination: Review by Nicole Bartley

Alan Moore’s Voice of the Fire: Review by Steve Gillies

A.A. Milne’s The House at Pooh Corner: Review by Jacob Thomas Berns

Chris Bachelder’s Abbott Awaits: Review by Adam Reger

Charles Baxter’s Gryphon: Review by Stephanie Wilson

Maurice Blanchot’s Death Sentence: Review by Andrea Applebee

Joyce Carol Oates’ Give Me Your Heart: Review by Elaine Meyer

Steve Martin’s An Object of Beauty: Review by Jonathan Gotsick

Karen Russell’s Swamplandia!: Review by Emma Komlos-Hrobsky

David Means’ The Spot: Review by Julie Draper

Ursula K. Le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness: Review by Kate Sedon

Ethel Rohan’s Cut Through the Bone: Review by Chris Lee

Yuri Rytkheu’s A Dream in Polar Fog: Review by Jennifer MacGregor

Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim: Review by Steve Gillies

Ha Jin’s A Good Fall: Review by Jessica Wang

Scott Turow’s Innocent: Review by Erin Lewenauer

Sarah Waters’ The Little Stranger: Review by Kathleen Davies

Susan Minot’s Monkeys: Review by Rosemary McMillen

Michael Czyzniejewski’s Elephants in Our Bedroom: Review by Erin Lewenauer

Heidi W. Durrow’s The Girl who Fell from the Sky: Review by Liberty Hultberg

Jonathan Lethem’s Chronic City: Review by Steve Gillies

Maile Meloy’s Both Ways is the Only Way I Want It: Review by Loring Ann Pfeiffer

Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood: Review by Bradley J. Fest

Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice: Review by Bradley J. Fest

Allison Amend’s Things That Pass for Love: Review by Robert Yune

Chris Adrian’s A Better Angel: Review by Adam Reger

Patrick deWitt’s Ablutions: Review by Emily Testa

Richard Yates’ The Easter Parade: Review by Sal Pane

Joan Silber’s The Size of the World: Review by Emily Stone



Andreas Kluth’s Hannibal and Me: Review by Clinton Coggins

 Amy Leach’s Things That Are: Review by Amanda Giracca

Ginger Strand’s Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies: Review by Nikki Carroll

Elaine Scarry’s On Beauty and Being Just: Review by Jarrell Wright

Joan Didion’s Blue Nights: Review by Laura Clark

Lauren Redniss’ Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout: Review by Maria Sholtis

Albert Camus’ The Rebel: Review by Andrea Applebee

Liza Bakewell’s Madre: Perilous Journeys with a Spanish Noun: Review by Emily Stone

David Rakoff’s Half Empty: Review by Jessica Wang

Eula Biss’ Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays: Review by Jessica Wang

Christiane Kohl’s The Witness House: Review by Nicole Carroll

Asale Angel-Ajani’s Strange Trade: Review by Jessica FitzPatrick

David Foster Wallace’s Everything and More: Review by Robyn Jodlowski

Anthony Bourdain’s Medium Raw: Review by Erin Lewenauer

Janet Sternburg’s The Writer on Her Work: Seventeen Essays by Twentieth-Century American Writers: Review by Jody Lucas Kulakowski

John D’Agata’s The Lost Origins of the Essay: Review by Joshua Schriftman

Michael Chabon’s Manhood for Amateurs: Review by Erin Lewenauer



J.A. Tyler’s Comatose: Review by Laura Brun

Charles Simic’s The World Doesn’t End: Review by Beth Steidle

Bob Hicok’s This Clumsy Living: Review by Mandy Malloy

Anna Moschovakis’s You and Three Others Are Approaching a Lake: Review by Mandy Malloy

Nicole Walker’s This Noisy Egg: Review by Amy Whipple

Jeffrey Thompson’s Birdwatching in Wartime: Review by Dmitry Berenson

Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s Apocalyptic Swing: Review by Amanda Brant

Charles Baudelaire’s My Heart Laid Bare translated by Ariana Reines: Review by Chad Vogler


Mixed Collections

M.L. Liebler’s Working Words: Review by Amanda Brant


Stewart O’Nan: Interview by Carrie Milford


Summer 2014

"She's Gotta Have It" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "She's Gotta Have It"

Letter from the Editors


Note from the Fiction Editors Jen Bannan and Frank Huerta
View from the Porch by Warren Read
Magdalene by Emily Koon
Without Wind Resistance by Sean Towey
The Delicious Hell of It: An Interview with Charles Bock by Sara Button

"Felinity" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Felinity"

Note from Poetry Editors Michelle Lin and Laura Brun
The Girl in the Bed by Erica Bodwell
How I Crossed by Colleen Coyne
Two Poems by Alejandro Escudé
Seven Rules to Ensure Victory by Chas Holden
Flora by Ginger Ko
Thru the Landscape by C.J. Opperthauser
Will-o’-the-wispering by Jake Syersak
Swarm by J.R. Toriseva
Hex by Amanda Tumminaro
Becoming my Mother by Jeanann Verlee
Cinepak by Patrick Williams
Some Other Kind of Way To Be Alive: An Interview with Dana Ward by Lauren Russell

"Wake Up and Smell the Heartache" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Wake Up and Smell the Heartache"


Note from the Nonfiction Editors Rachel Wilkinson and Sara Button
Attachment by Marin Sardy
Destruction Bay by Patrick Kelling
Prepping for Doomsday: An Interview with Jen Hirt by Rachel Wilkinson

"Dark Cities" by Kate LaDew "Dark Cities" by Kate LaDew

Artist Gallery

Contributor Bios

"Color Bars" by Sheri Wright "Color Bars" by Sheri Wright

"Master of the Unseen" by Amanda McGlynn "Master of the Unseen" by Amanda McGlynn

"Eyes Wide" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III "Eyes Wide"

("She's Gotta Have It," "Felinity," "Wake Up and Smell the Heartache," and "Eyes Wide Shut" by Otha "Vakseen" Davis III)