Cruisin’ with the Hound: The Life and Times of Fred Toote’

A splendid book, and a startling view of a plebeian world that tends to be submerged by the North American tendency to pretend that class doesn’t exist. Continue reading



Unsurprisingly, Delisle’s reportage in Jerusalem works best when there’s something to report. Continue reading


Troop 142

What makes the book work is Dawson’s remarkable facility for writing dialogue with a painful level of verisimilitude. Continue reading


Best of Enemies: A History of US and Middle East Relations – Part One: 1783-1953

To flip through this volume, which traces the history of the United States’ dealings with the Middle East from its conflicts with Barbary pirates at the turn of the 19th century through the CIA overthrow of Iran in the 1950s, is to encounter a panoply of fantastical figures, whether they’re wearing turbans or tricorner hats. Continue reading

To Get Her, by Bernie Mireault

To Get Her

Bernie Mireault’s longest, most ambitious work to date unfortunately doesn’t work. Continue reading


Picket Line

Above all else, the Xeric Grant seems to reward ambition, and there’s no doubt that Breena Wiederhoeft’s debut graphic novel is an ambitious first work. Continue reading


Nurse Nurse

Skelly’s emphasis is on world-building, and the simple pleasures of tossing out big bold SF ideas on every page. The ideas are thrown not just fast but hard. Continue reading


Are You My Mother?

If Fun Home is a riveting Tolstoyan family tale, then Bechdel’s new book, Are You My Mother?, is decidedly Freudian in its language and methods: keenly analytic, explanatory, and often clinical. Continue reading