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The May/June 2017 issue of Foreword Reviews is on newsstands now!

A note from Foreword Reviews Managing Editor, Michelle Schingler:

As with every issue of Foreword Reviews, the May/June issue has taught me to mitigate—or at least move past—the separation anxiety I feel when I send a book to a reviewer. I do this by anticipating the enthusiastic reports back from our reviewers. A rave regarding a title that I very much wished I could hoard is always reassuring: a note that a reviewer devoured a book in one sitting, that they found it extraordinary, that it left them wanting more.

Two of the debut novels featured in our May/June issue came back with such notes: Mothers and Other Strangers and After the Bloom, family relationship-centered books that our reviewer, Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers, called “haunting” and “beautiful.” Peter Dabbene's review of Brik, a graphic novel that resurrects the Golem, reawakened my first excitement for the title, too.

Thousand-Miler, an account of a thru-trek through glacial lands, came back to us with both a piquing review and side praise from the reviewer—always work taking note of, as our reviewers read so much that extra attention usually signifies an extra special title. And Claire Foster's review of Living With the Living Dead reanimated all of my initial interest in the zombie-centered title; she compares it to Mary Roach and Michael Pollan, and notes the author's voracious pop culture appetite.

Some books I couldn’t help but review myself: Nir Baram's A Land Without Borders, which lets Palestinians and Israelis, ever mired in discord and contention, speak for themselves stayed with me for this issue; and Pearl Weaver's Epic Apology, the new self-published young adult novel from Rachel Keener, with its captivating turns-of-phrase and late shift into religious, meditative territory.

These are just a few of the titles among the 150+ you’ll discover within, which cover all genres, and includes additional spotlights on cooking, family & relationships, and debut fiction. Click here to buy the current issue or subscribe!