Archives: May 2016

This is the archive page for [May 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 Relic Master" by Christopher Buckley | May 31, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Christopher Buckley's "The Relic Master," in which the famed political satirist takes on the Middle Ages, the Catholic Church, and the scam which is the Shroud of Turin. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Anomaly Flats" by Clayton Smith | May 26, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Clayton Smith's "Anomaly Flats," a supernatural bizarro novel that unfortunately can be summed up pretty simply as "Welcome to Night Vale" but not as funny. | Read entire entry

First Time Around: "Purple Hibiscus," by Chimamanda Ngoze Adiche | May 25, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Chimamanda Ngoze Adiche's "Purple Hibiscus," as part of his "First Time Around" series. Says Chris, "You know how sometimes debuts by prominent authors are underdeveloped? Not the case here." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Hotels of North America" by Rick Moody | May 23, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Rick Moody's "Hotels of North America," a real stinker that should be avoided at all cost. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Nuns with Guns," by Seth Kaufman | May 20, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Nuns with Guns," by Seth Kaufman, a darkly comic romp about a reality show producer who wants to do something about gun deaths. | Read entire entry

Tales from the Completist: "Harriet Tubman: The Road to Freedom" (2004), by Catherine Clinton | May 20, 2016
Today in "Tales from the Completist," CCLaP's essay series on older but non-classic books, Jason Pettus looks at the 2004 biography of Harriet Tubman by Catherine Clinton, inspired by the government's recent decision to put Tubman on the front of the next $20 bill. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath" by Kimberly Knutsen | May 18, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Kimberly Knutsen's "The Lost Journals of Sylvia Plath," an MFA-style academic domestic drama with nothing particularly wrong with it, except for being about twice as long as it should've been. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Ohio Portraits, Vol. 1: A Midwestern Micromemoir," by Erika D. Price | May 18, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews Erika D. Price's "Ohio Portraits, Vol. 1: A Midwestern Micromemoir," whose title is quite self-explanatory. Says Chris, "I appreciated the variety of moods, and the writing is pretty solid. With a little more to connect the fragments, this really could've been something." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Mr. Suicide," by Nicole Cushing | May 13, 2016
This week Karl Wolff reviews "Mr. Suicide," by Nicole Cushing, a dark novel of dysfunction, abuse, and violence. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Bohemian Guide to Monogamy" by Andrew Armacost | May 13, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Andrew Armacost's "The Bohemian Guide to Monogamy," a collection of bizarro short stories with both all the good and bad things such a statement implies. | Read entire entry

Book review: "How to be Drawn," by Terrance Hayes | May 11, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews "How to be Drawn," a daring collection of poetry by Terrance Hayes. Says Chris, "it's his best collection to date, pushing forward his interest in experimental forms, his tributes to his influences, and his themes of racial identity so they form a terrific net of themes and forms." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Mystics of Mile End" by Sigal Samuel | May 11, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Sigal Samuel's "The Mystics of Mile End," an intriguing and imminently readable book which combines a beach novel with a treatise about Judaic intellectualism. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "The Understory" by Pamela Erens | May 9, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Pamela Erens' "The Understory," a quiet and poetic character study about an intellectual introvert in Manhattan, which saves itself from MFA mediocrity by taking an outsider's look at this character and presenting him as a person we should try to avoid being ourselves. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Wine: The Ultimate Educational Resource of Red Wine" by Martin Guessmann | May 6, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Martin Guessman's Wine: The Ultimate Educational Resource of Red Wine," one of those cheapie books at the Kindle Store made out of a single blog post of information, and so not worth your time that it might very well be against the law. | Read entire entry

Book review: "And After Many Days," by Jowhor Ile | May 5, 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... | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Meatspace" by Nikesh Shukla | May 4, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Nikesh Shukla's "Meatspace," a cute little character-based comedy about London Millennials that becomes a bigger and grander generational statement the farther in it gets. | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Eileen," by Ottessa Moshfegh | May 4, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Chris Schahfer reviews "Eileen," a sort of black comedy. Says Chris, "Eileen's world isn't a happy one, but it's so well-rendered that it's worth spending some time in just the same." | Read entire entry

Book Review: "Juventud" by Vanessa Blakeslee | May 2, 2016
Today at CCLaP, Jason Pettus reviews Vanessa Blakeslee's "Juventud," a pretty typical MFA novel about Latina teens in Central America, by a white New England academe who clearly doesn't know much about that world. | Read entire entry