Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Short Takes

LOVE, IN THEORY receives a starred review in Kirkus. "Levy’s award-winning short-story collection masterfully explores the vagaries of romantic love. . . . Levy’s prose is deeply philosophical and sometimes heady but never pompous. It depicts infidelity and loss yet avoids melancholy and sentimentality, as the characters often don’t have the expected reactions to difficulties—they are too cerebral for that. . . . Readers will likely savor this collection, a 2011 winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, for its intoxicating language and introspection. A smart, insightful collection of stories about life and love."

In the winter issue of ForeWord, Michele Gillespie's KATHARINE AND R. J. REYNOLDS is listed as one of "ten outstanding books that enlighten our understanding of America. . . . Michele Gillespie offers readers of all persuasions an eminently readable take on the wonders and warts of one of the American South’s most compelling time periods."

Rebecca Lave's new book, FIELDS AND STREAMS, looks at the criticisms and praise for Dave Rosgen's controversial work regarding stream restoration. "[S]he argues that restoration practitioners can be effective if they use Natural Channel Design but adapt it to local stream conditions and layer other techniques on top." Indiana University profiles Lave and FIELDS AND STREAMS in a recent press release.

Southern Spaces reviews AN EMPIRE OF SMALL PLACES. "Robert Paulett has given us a refreshing consideration of life in the eighteenth-century deerskin trade. His focus on disparate groups occupying the same arena but living different experiences challenges us to reimagine the complexities of life among multiple cultures and changing landscapes. . . . [H]is work adds new information and a different perspective to studies of the American South."

Amina Gautier's AT-RISK is reviewed in the recent issue of the Iowa Review. In it, the reviewer what this collection of stories has to offer the reader. "Ultimately, these aren’t stories that surprise us at the end, but rather ones that surprise us with how those ends are reached. . . . A thought-provoking read, AT-RISK offers no easy solutions to the problems of inner city poverty and racial discrimination. In the end, we may not be able to love these children and teenagers enough to change their circumstances, but Gautier ensures that we will, in fact, love them."