Friday Evening Book Reviews

Martin Chilton on Nathan Filer’s The Shock Of The Fall: “It’s an unsettling read but a perceptive and moving one. One image stayed with me. Matthew refers to his life as “watching my helium balloon slowly die”.” (The Telegraph)

Patty Rhule on Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings: “Kidd, the gifted author of the 2002 best seller The Secret Life of Bees, has produced a beautifully written book about the awe-inspiring resilience of America’s enslaved people. It’s a provocative reminder of why slavery’s wounds still scar the country 250 years later.” (USAToday)

Boyd Tonkin on Helen Dunmore’s The Lie: ” Distinguished by the sensual, compact intensity of Dunmore’s prose, The Lie lays bare on its local canvas the invisible wounds of a global  catastrophe.” (The Independent)

Gray Hunter on Michael Hittman on Corbett Mack: The Life of A Northern Paiute: “Family is important, no matter who you are, of course.  They lend identity to a person.  Mack centers his story, as any of us would, on the family and friends he had.  He casually speaks of all these family ties and you must pay attention to follow all the links. Hittman’s endnotes are again helpful in this regard.  While Mack is this ‘ordinary’ man, some of his relations were well known figures in Native American history:  Wodziwob and Wovoka, both Ghost Dance prophets.” (Blogcritics)

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