Archives: April 2016

This is the archive page for [April 2016]; 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 Subversive Utopia," by Yasir Sakr | April 29, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "The Subversive Utopia," by Yasir Sakr, a dissertation about a controversial building project in Jerusalem. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Newlyweds Afloat" by Felicia Schneiderhan | April 29, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Felicia Schneiderhan's "Newlyweds Afloat," a delightful memoir about a couple who lived full-time on a boat in the Chicago River for two years, and a great example of why we still go to so much trouble to read so many otherwise crappy self-published and basement-press books. | Read entire entry

First Time Around: "White Teeth," by Zadie Smith | April 27, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Zadie Smith's "White Teeth" as part of his First Time Around series. Says Chris,"Some readers are skeptical of anything that wins as many prizes as White Teeth did, but every so often the prize committee gets it right." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Heart Goes Last" by Margaret Atwood | April 27, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Margaret Atwood's "The Heart Goes Last," a half-baked post-apocalyptic political satire that unfortunately feels less like an Atwood novel and more like a freshman writing student's hackneyed ripoff of an Atwood novel. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Spring Chicken" by Bill Gifford | April 25, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Bill Gifford's "Spring Chicken," a funny and skeptical overview of all the latest scientific research in the 2010s on the subject of aging. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Earth Flight (Earth Girl, Book 3)" by Janet Edwards | April 22, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Earth Flight," by Janet Edwards, a YA novel that isn't a dystopia. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Jottings from a Far Away Place" by Brendan Connell | April 22, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Brendan Connell's "Jottings from a Far Away Place," an experimental book of prose-poetry pieces that is fine for what it is, but that unfortunately makes it difficult to write a traditional review of. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Girl Through Glass," by Sari Wilson | April 21, 2016
(CCLaP is dedicated to reviewing as many contemporary books as possible, including self-published volumes; click here to learn how to submit your own book for possible review, although be warned that it needs to have been published within the last... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Best of Black Heart 2014," edited by Edited by Laura Roberts, M. Chaistan Flournoy, and Danielle White | April 20, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews the retrospective "Best of Black Heart 2014." Says Chris, "Some of the short stories are interesting conceptually, but I felt like I was reading first drafts of even the better ones." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Dietrich & Riefenstahl" by Karin Wieland | April 20, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Karin Weiland's "Dietrich & Riefenstahl," a National Book Award nominee that is certainly well-done, but a bit too big and dry for those with only a general interest in the subjects at hand. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Search for Heinrich Schlogel" by Martha Baillie | April 18, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Martha Baillie's "The Search for Heinrich Schlogel," another pleasantly experimental head-scratcher from our friends at Pedlar Press. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Cure" by Jo Marchant | April 15, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Jo Marchant's "Cure," in which this NPR-friendly science reporter looks at all the latest Western-style proof that the mind and brain has a lot more control over our physiological bodies and illness than we've ever given it credit for. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "A Cure for Suicide," by Jesse Ball | April 13, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews A Cure for Suicide, the latest novel from eccentric Jesse Ball. Says Chris, "He already wrote this book. He wrote it in 2007 and called it Samedi the Deafness." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Loss Angeles" by Mathieu Cailler | April 13, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Mathieu Cailler's "Loss Angeles," a story collection that comes off as nicely inconsequential as every other story collection we review around here. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Mark and the Void" by Paul Murray | April 11, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Paul Murray's "The Mark and the Void," a nearly perfect masterpiece that takes all the anger over the one-percenters of the 2010s Irish banking scandal and wraps it into a zany, eye-opening surrealist comedy. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nakamura Reality," by Alex Austin | April 8, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Nakamura Reality" by Alex Austin, a story about loss and redemption in Southern California. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Advanced Oenophile" by Denman Moody | April 8, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Denman Moody's "The Advanced Oenophile," a guide to fine wines that accidentally reads like a deliberate parody of high-falootin' wine snobs. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Seeing Red," by Lina Meruane | April 7, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews "Seeing Red," Lina Meruane's novel-memoir about blindness. Says Chris, "Meruane made me empathize with her character by showing me the fear and frustration behind her unpleasant traits." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Big Drugstore" by Patrick Irelan | April 6, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Patrick Irelan's "The Big Drugstore," a pastiche of hardboiled detective novels which is not exactly bad, but pretty damn silly nonetheless. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Children's Crusade" by Ann Packer | April 4, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Ann Packer's "The Children's Crusade," an academic novel devoted almost exclusively to character examination, which makes it heartbreaking to learn that the characterizations are a bit off. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "If Jack Had" by Steven Rappaport | April 1, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Steven Rappaport's "If Jack Had," an unfortunately unreadable novel by an amateur that should've never been sent to us in the first place, and that affords a good opportunity today to explore the rise in recent years of "semi-vanity" presses. | Read entire entry