Review of Cary Holladay Story Collection

I’m so excited to share my review of Cary Holladay’s new short story collection (plus one novella), Brides in the Sky. Holladay’s fiction usually dives deeply into Virginia landscapes or roams across a settler’s vision of the long-ago West. And she is a powerhouse talent. My review’s up today at Chapter 16.

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Review of Dani Shapiro’s Latest Memoir

Reviewing Dani Shapiro’s most recent memoir, Inheritance, was a great gig. There’s so much to consider in this fascinating, quick-reading book, especially in light of her previous memoirs (Like Slow Motion, Hourglass, and Devotion), all of which touch on the very subject matter at issue in this new story of upended family history. You can read my review over at Chapter 16.

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Review of new nonfiction by Damien Echols

Last month, I had the opportunity to review a unique guide to energy-based spiritual practices and meditations, written by a man who has played a fascinating role in in our culture for over 20 years–Damien Echols, known as the most prominent member of the West Memphis Three. High Magick serves not only as a primer on spiritual disciplines, but also as a kind of spiritual chronicle of how Echols faced his many years on death row, prior to his release via an Alford plea. You can read my review of High Magick over at Chapter 16.

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Review of New Novel from Charles Dodd White

I had the chance to write some thoughts on the new novel from East Tennessee writer Charles Dodd White. In the House of Wilderness presses into that great territory loved by all of us Southern writers: how our landscape can nourish us and imperil us, often simultaneously. You can catch my review over at the ever-nourishing Chapter 16.

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Review of Tiana Clark’s Debut Collection

Writing for Chapter 16 is such a blissy gig, especially when it entails reviewing a powerhouse talent like Tiana Clark and her debut collection, I Can’t Talk About The Trees Without The Blood. Clark is a necessary poetic voice in Southern literature right now. My review is up over at the also-necessary Chapter 16 and in this week’s Nashville Scene

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Review of Alexander Chee’s Essay Collection

I’m delighted to share that I had the great gig of reviewing Alexander Chee’s essay collection, How To Write An Autobiographical Novel. If you haven’t read Chee yet, there’s no more reason to wait. His work makes a good friend in troubled times. My review is up today at the ever-lovely Chapter 16.

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Review of New Silas House Novel

I’m thrilled to share my review of Silas House’s new novel, Southernmost. I had heard House described as the best kept secret among Southern writers, and now I know what that meant. This novel is such a pleasure. You can read my review at the ever-wonderful Chapter 16. 

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