Book Reviews

Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia (Blevins & McElmurray)

Adrian Blevins & Karen Salyer McElmurray, Eds. Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean: Meditations on the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia. Athens, Ohio: Ohio University Press, 2015. 288 pages. Softcover. $26.95. The anthology Walk Till The Dogs Get Mean: Meditations of the Forbidden from Contemporary Appalachia, edited by Adrian Blevins and…

Mot (Einstein)

Sarah Einstein. Mot: A Memoir. Athens, Ga.: University of Georgia Press, 2015. 168 pages. Hardcover. $24.95. The story of Mot and its author, Sarah Einstein, might be unbelievable as a work of fiction, which makes this memoir all the more remarkable in its telling. Serving the story of an improbable friendship are…
What Our Writers Are Reading Now

What Our Writers Are Reading Now

We asked three of our contributing writers to tell us about a book they are currently reading. The poetry of Marianne Worthington (“I Saw Bobby Bare Kiss Marty Stuart”) and Doug Van Gundy (“Listening to a Recording of Edden Hammons Playing ‘General Washington’s March'”), and the creative nonfiction of Karen Salyer McElmurray…

Tree Heresies (Wright)

William Wright. Tree Heresies. Macon, Ga.: Mercer University Press, 2015. 65 pages. Softcover. $18.00. Tree Heresies is a collection of poetry whose music often conjures Hopkins and at times Dickinson, yet the music is fully Wright’s. Images allow for a hint of narrative: the troubled psyche of a sleepless narrator,…

Riding on Comets: A Memoir (Pleska)

Cat Pleska. Riding on Comets: A Memoir. Morgantown, W.Va.: Vandalia Press, 2015. 236 pages. Softcover. $16.99. If Cat Pleska is riding on comets, her family members are the constellations she observes on her journey. Descriptions of her father’s drinking, her mother’s depression, hospitalization and electroshock therapy, are juxtaposed against Christmas…

Beauty Strip (Woolfitt)

William Kelley Woolfitt. Beauty Strip. Huntsville, Tex.: Texas Review Press, 2014. 82 pages. Softcover. $19.95. William Kelley Woolfitt’s poetry collection Beauty Strip offers a poet’s sure touch in language and sound. This full-length poetry collection both celebrates the beauty and history of West Virginia and laments the destruction wrought by…