Editors' Picks

See the reviews our editors have chosen this month:

What Is Gone   

 What Is Gone

What is gone in your life? Have your feelings of safety and trust diminished over time? Such is the case of Amy Knox Brown, who looks at the kidnapping of a college freshman on the campus where she teaches along with the enduring impact of being raped and reassess what she believes. The result is a powerful and thought-provoking memoir, What Is Gone. The book looks at duress, loss, and changes beyond our control in both immediate and far-reaching terms. more...
The Skeptic & the Rabbi   

 The Skeptic & the Rabbi

In an age when turning off your cell phone can seem countercultural, actually keeping the Sabbath may seem downright alien. But ironically, it's that dissonance that makes The Skeptic and the Rabbi: Falling in Love with Faith so appealing. more...
In the Shadow of the Dragon's Back   

 In the Shadow of the Dragon's Back

"Time transforms memory. Like a painting, it is sensitive to change and exposure, and the natural aging process...It has always saddened me that I have not been able to share with my husband and children what was an exotic childhood in a faraway country more than half a century in the past."

Rachel Odhner Longstaff transforms these regrets into her memoir, In the Shadow of the Dragon's Back, recalling her family's life in South Africa from the beginning of Apartheid in 1948 to their return to the United States in 1960. more...
Ordinary Charms   

 Ordinary Charms

Jan Seale's collection of stories and essays in Ordinary Charms stands as a simple and beautiful legacy of life's ponderings and experiences by a woman who shares humorous and critical insights on many topics. The book is organized into creatively titled sections such as: Whims, Admonitions, Origins, and Groundings. I found myself laughing, crying, and sitting back to ponder her truths, all the while anxious to read on. Her sections evoke memories of her Southern roots as a child with sayings such as "...a man may have a hitch in his git along..." and "You may have to tell someone how the cow ate the cabbage." more...
Just in Time   

 Just in Time

Joan L. Jackson has written an important and realistic novel about schizophrenia and its impact on a family. The protagonist, 48-year-old Steve, is likable and almost too honest. When his father suddenly dies, after his mother's passing several years earlier, Steve's older sister, Sylvia, reluctantly becomes his long-distance care giver. She lives in Los Angeles while he lives in the family home in Silver Lake, Ohio. Steve was a track star in high school and college, but then schizophrenia stole his dreams at age twenty-two. Track ends for him, as well as most other things taken for granted as normal life. more...
What Is Gone
The Skeptic & the Rabbi
In the Shadow of the Dragon's Back
Ordinary Charms
Just in Time

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Review of the Month


Ordinary Skin by Amy Hale Auker

In most memoirs, the narrator describes a hardscrabble beginning, leading to a life of comparative luxury, or at least comfort. Amy Hale Auker does not follow this path. In fact, there isn't really a path at all in her book "Ordinary Skin: Essays from Willow Springs." She is short on exposition—a blessing in this world where everyone believes his/her life is worth at least 50,000 words. Rather, she dives right into memories—of her childhood, parents, children, husbands and horses. She doesn't head towards a comfortable life, but to one considerably more hardscrabbled. more...

D Ferrara    Reviewed by D Ferrara
Writer, editor and collaborator D Ferrara's work has appeared in numerous magazines and journals. Recently, she co-edited and contributed to Jewels of San Fedele, an anthology. Her script, "Arvin Lindemeyer Takes Canarsie," won Outstanding Screenplay in the Oil Valley Film Festival. Her play, "Favor," won NJ ACT's Outstanding Production of an Original Play.
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