Foreword Reviews

The September/October 2017 issue of Foreword Reviews is on newsstands now!

A note from Foreword Reviews Managing Editor, Michelle Schingler:

For intrepid readers who spent their summers adventuring—with books tucked safely into suitcases and backpacks, of course—fall provides the perfect opportunity to lean in to new books, making grand discoveries from home now, instead. Our September/October issue is replete with recommendations for such grand internal trips—from writers whom our readers insist we should watch; through titles already deemed important or significant.

Jenny Erpenbeck’s novel Go, Went, Gone tackles the German refugee crisis; the starred translation is one such significant title, and it doesn’t hurt that this timely story boasts prose that is “glistening and polished,” or an expertly unfolding plot. On the nonfiction side, the University of Regina Press’s Being Kurdish in a Hostile World is similarly timely; the war memoir reveals the nuances of a little understood conflict and the people it impacts, and does so in a captivating way. Reviewer Letitia Montgomery-Rodgers calls the starred book one that “captures a truth more devastating than fiction.”

For cozier consumption, we’ve highlighted books like Shawn Hitchins’s hilarious A Brief History of Oversharing, which combines salty and emotional stories expertly, and the tweet-based The Madeleine Project—yes, despite the hard lessons of this year, it seems that Twitter can sometimes serve the greater good, and this emotional exploration is a perfect example of the medium drawing people together, rather than rifting them apart.

Chef Sean Sherman’s The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen is already making waves; we tapped a top chef to review it for the issue, where he notes that while “there are cookbooks from which one simply cooks the recipes,” there are also “cookbooks like Chef Sherman’s, from which one learns how and why to cook.” The native and local focus of this gorgeous work makes it a must have for anyone with culinary interests. Novels like Lies She Told—a gripping psychological thriller—and An Unkindness of Ghosts, whose author is said to be an heir to Octavia Butler’s legacy, are present to satisfy other appetites.

Whatever you’re looking to fill those long autumn days with: we’ve got something here to add luster and excitement. I hope that you enjoy this thrilling and diverse fare as much as our reviewers did! Click here to buy the current issue or subscribe!