Archives: March 2015

This is the archive page for [March 2015]; below you should see headlines and summaries of all entries posted here that month. Click the appropriate link at each to read the entire entry.

Book Review: "The Empathy Exams" by Leslie Jamison | March 26, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Leslie Jamison's "The Empathy Exams," an essay collection exploring the limits of empathy in both individuals and among society. Says Chris, "It's hard to argue with a collection this vivd and fully conceived." | Read entire entry

American Odd: "Kooks," by Donna Kossy | March 20, 2015
In the latest installment of his CCLaP essay series "American Odd," Karl Wolff looks at "Kooks" by Donna Kossy, which he calls "an invaluable resource for those seeking out the weirder crevices of human knowledge and some of the stranger by-products of the American Experience." | Read entire entry

Stalking the Behemoth: "The Recognitions," by William Gaddis | March 19, 2015
Today in his CCLaP essay series "Stalking the Behemoth," Chris Schahfer takes on the challenging 900-page novel that many people consider the birth of Postmodernism, William Gaddis' "The Recognitions." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nashville Mercy" by M. Maitland DeLand, MD | March 18, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Dr. Maitland DeLand's "Nashville Mercy," the kind of pleasantly empty B-grade crime novel from a dilettante with too much publicity money that causes my soul to die a little more, every time I'm forced to read another one of these kinds of books. | Read entire entry

CCLaP's newest book, Steven Garbas' "Orest and August," is now available! | March 17, 2015
Choo-choo! The CCLaP publishing train just keeps on rolling here in 2015; and I'm happy to say that our newest book, Steven Garbas' contemporary Don Quixote retelling "Orest and August," is now officially available for purchase and/or free download. Click through for all the details, and to start the downloading process right this moment. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Kiddieland" by Tim Chapman | March 17, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews "Kiddieland" by Tim Chapman, fine enough as it is but unfortunately the very definition of "Yet Another Unnecessary Collection of Inoffensive Short Fiction With an Academic Bent." | Read entire entry

Book review: "Sidewalks," Valeria Luiselli | March 12, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Valeria Luiselli's new cutting-edge essay collection about travel, "Sidewalks." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Dark Will End the Dark" by Darrin Doyle | March 10, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews "The Dark Will End the Dark" by Darrin Doyle, a well-done collection of dark magical-realism stories from our friends at Chicago press Tortoise Books. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Five Bullets," by Larry Duberstein | March 6, 2015
Five Bullets reads like an intense mashup between Mad Men, Schindler's List, and Titus Andronicus. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Wives of Billie's Mountain" by Kelly L. Simmons | March 5, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Kelly L. Simmons' "The Wives of Billie's Mountain," a historical homesteading novel in the style of Laura Ingalls Wilder but set among a polygamist Mormon family in Utah in the late 1800s. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Loki: Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster" by Mike Vasich | March 4, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Mike Vasich's "Loki: Nine Naughty Tales of the Trickster," which takes the stories of this troublemaker from Scandinavian mythology and gives them a modern Joss-Whedon-style updating. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Antidote" by Oliver Burkeman | March 3, 2015
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Oliver Burkeman's "The Antidote," a refreshing look at such "downer" philosophies as Stoicism, Buddhism and Rationalism in a world of annoyingly peppy Tony Robbinses and Deepak Chopras. Hate new-age thought but still want to live your life better? This is the book for you! | Read entire entry