Category: Book Reviews

  • Darkness Breaks

    a review of Chris McGinley’s Coal Black: Stories Reviewed by Wiley Reiver The late great Barry Hannah liked to declare this about writing stories: “You get in, you get out.” I suppose that saying could be reasonably interpreted in more than one way, and sometimes I’ve wondered if Hannah himself could or would say what […]

  • Leave it All

    a review of Don’t Know Tough by Eli Cranor review by Well Read Beard “It should be illegal… the power the game has over men, a blinding, burning feeling – a drug – that’s what football is. And for the winners there are no warning labels, no side effects or hangovers, nothing except the pure, […]

  • The Full Horizon of Loss

    a review of When These Mountains Burn by David Joy review by Chris McGinley David Joy’s newest novel is about loss.   It’s about the loss of loved ones, the loss of landscape, the loss of one’s ethnicity, the loss of a way of life.  Really, then, it’s about the full horizon of loss.  What’s […]

  • Deeper Than the Holler

    a review of Twentymile by C. Matthew Smith review by Well Read Beard This land is your land, this land is my land.This land was made for you and me.Woody Guthrie – This Land Is Your Land I was born on this mountain, this mountain’s my homeAnd she holds me and keeps me from worry […]

  • Born of the Darkness

    A review of What’s Done in Darkness by Laura McHugh Reviewed by Well Read Beard The darkness. That’s what I came for. “I’m driving a stolen car on a pitch black night, I keep telling myself I’m gonna be alrightBut I ride by night and I travel in fear that in this darkness I might […]

  • Tribulations of Rural Floridians

    A review of The Patron Saint of Birds by Steve Lambert Reviewed by Vern Smith There’s a fair bit of journalism in Steve Lambert’s short fiction. By that, I mean he has real powers of observation when assessing the human condition of the denizens of Sahwoklee County. Or, put another way, he is keenly interested […]