She Named Him Michael by Heather Rounds Ink Press Productions, 2017 69 Pages, $13.00 http://www.inkpressproductions.com/_p/prd1/4617196321/product/she-named-him-michael-pre-sale She Named Him Michael by Heather Rounds, starts out with a small family who […]
Behind the Moon By Madison Smartt Bell 280 Pages City Lights Books, 2017 ISBN: 978-0-87286-736-9 Madison Smartt Bell, a past finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/Faulkner […]
Deer Michigan by Jack C. Buck 98 Pages Truth Serum Press, 2016 ISBN: 978-1925536256 Deer Michigan by Jack Buck is a collection of flash fiction that draws its […]
Massive Cleansing Fire by Dave Houlsey 120 Pages Outpost 19 (2017) ISBN: 978-1944853143 Like most short story collections, there is a thematic through line that runs through Dave Housley’s stories […]
Marys of the Sea by Joanna C. Valente 90 Pages ELJ Editions, 2016 ISBN:978-1-942-00425-7 Marys of the Sea, by Joanna C. Valente, maps out a shape of womanhood, gender, and […]
Bell brings together vast, apocalyptic worlds in some pieces and plumbs the depth of characters’ obsessions or anxieties in others.
The Reporter Who Knew Too Much: The Mysterious Death of What’s My Line TV Star and Media Icon Dorothy Kilgallen by Mark Shaw 336 Pages Post Hill Press, 2016 ISBN: […]
“Residents are asked to remain calm.” Isn’t that what we are still being asked to do? Medicated with Netflix binges and cheap goods from Amazon, not to mention all manner of mind-altering substances.
It’s all here: the machine guns, the bloody gang wars in Chicago, the St. Valentine Day’s Massacre, the prohibition era, the roaring Twenties, prostitution galore, the Northside Gang, crooked politicos, the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service, hit men, the Outfit, Federal Court, the Income Tax evasion case, along with the multi-million dollar a year gambling, booze, and vice empires.
You’re welcome. It’s time again for former jmww fiction reviewer Michael B. Tager’s Best Books of 2016. Remember: this is compiled from Michael Tager’s own reading list and is not […]