Foreword Reviews

Mari Carlson, Book Reviewer

When not reading fiction and writing reviews, Mari is probably practicing violin or teaching lessons or playing a gig. She enjoys the local literary and music scenes in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Book Review

Celeste and Chris

by Mari Carlson

The coming-of-age buddy novel "Celeste and Chris" features a tantalizing peek into a bygone era. Set in the 1960s, Manjula Lisa Stokes’s novel "Celeste and Chris" concerns the loving facets of two soul twins’ lifelong friendship. In... Read More

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On Tràigh Lar Beach

by Mari Carlson

The short stories of "On Tràigh Lar Beach" share a haunting atmosphere that’s explored through refuse and music. The short stories of Dianne Ebertt Beeaff’s "On Tràigh Lar Beach" cover women’s experiences with woe and redemption.... Read More

Book Review

Wilderness Spa

by Mari Carlson

In the visionary novel "Wilderness Spa", a group of disparate individuals leans on, and learns, wilderness survival strategies after a natural disaster. In Jim Halverson’s adventure novel "Wilderness Spa", an unconventional group is... Read More

Book Review

The Book of Otto and Liam

by Mari Carlson

In his heartwrenching novel "The Book of Otto and Liam", Paul Griner traces the hard-fought healing of a school shooting victim’s father. The story is told through short snippets and vignettes. It starts on an anniversary of the event,... Read More

Book Review

Tuesday Night Requiem

by Mari Carlson

"Tuesday Night Requiem" is a polarized modern-day Western novella with a tender twist in which a nurse battles to die with dignity. In L. S. Collison’s contemporary Western novella "Tuesday Night Requiem", renegade health workers... Read More

Book Review

The Man

by Mari Carlson

"The Man" is a robust biography that pays tribute to Alfred M. Best, the founder of a credit rating business. Put together by the company he founded, Alfred M. Best’s biography "The Man" reveals him in the context of his family and... Read More

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