Review: Catalina by Liska Jacobs

Catalina by Liska Jacobs Published 2017 by FSG Originals $15.00 paperback ISBN 978-0374119751 By Noah Sanders Expectation is what dooms Catalina for me as a reviewer. The book trumpets itself as an “LA Noir”—a seedy, white heat sort of genre that proclaims murder and sordidness in equal measures. And yes, Liska Jacob’s book is a […]Read More

Review: The River of Consciousness by Oliver Sacks

The River of Consciousness By Oliver Sacks Published 2017 by Knopf Books $27.00 hardcover ISBN 978-0385352567 By Wesley Cohen In January 2015, neurologist and author Oliver Sacks was diagnosed with terminal liver cancer. Dr. Sacks had already written his memoir On the Move, which was published in April 2015. He shortly finished a book of […]Read More

Review: Vacationland by John Hodgman

Vacationland by John Hodgman Published 2017 by Viking $25.00 hardcover ISBN 978-0735224803 By Noah Sanders John Hodgman has always seemed an artist overly consumed with his own fake identity. From his days as a PC to Justin Long’s Mac to his preening caricature on The Daily Show to his three books of fake facts, he’s […]Read More

Review: The Flowers In My Mothers' Name by Philip Harris

The Flowers In My Mothers’ Name by Philip Harris Published 2017 by Nomadic Press $12.00 ISBN 978-0-9994471-0-9 By Noah Sanders The Flowers in My Mothers’ Name—the new chapbook by Bay Area poet Philip Harris—is as much a collection of short poems as it a piece of portraiture. It feels as if Harris is writing himself […]Read More

Review: A Natural by Ross Raisin

A Natural by Ross Raisin Published 2017 by Random House $27.00 hardcover ISBN 978-0525508779 By Noah Sanders It is understandable if a reader is apprehensive of picking up Ross Raisin’s newest novel, A Natural, because of its superficial description as a “sports book.” A Natural sells itself in its first hundred or so pages as […]Read More

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