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

Marching as to War

by Mari Carlson

"Marching as to War" is an emotional historical novel in which a young relationship refracts the troubles of the Vietnam era. A Vietnam veteran’s war trauma plays out in his marriage in Scharlie Martin’s historical novel "Marching as... Read More

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Slim: Frank, 1922-2012

by Mari Carlson

Exemplifying family pride, Slim: Frank, 1922–2012 is the biography of an Australian man who memorably protested changing times. Slim: Frank, 1922–2012 is Angela Darlington’s biography of her grandfather, who resisted personal,... Read More

Book Review

Mirror in the Sky

by Mari Carlson

In "Mirror in the Sky", Simon Morrison traces the development of Stevie Nicks’s artistic persona via a perusal of her music. After a brief outline of Nicks’s early life in the American West, the book follows her artistic development,... Read More

Book Review

Fallout Shelter

by Mari Carlson

Set during a turbulent era, "Fallout Shelter" follows as three Catholic men come of age—and as their friendships change. In Steven Schindler’s novel "Fallout Shelter", three boys from the Bronx stick together through their Catholic... Read More

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Soul of a Professor

by Mari Carlson

"Soul of a Professor" is an inspiring memoir about a lengthy search for a higher calling. Lisa A. Pruitt’s calibrated memoir "Soul of a Professor" concerns how work once undermined her sense of self-worth. Pruitt grew up in New England... Read More

Book Review

The Writer's Story

by Mari Carlson

The Writer’s Story is a twisting literary novel about a flawed writer who comes to question the stories that he tells himself about death and love. In Cory J. Schulman’s novel The Writer’s Story, a writer works through his craft by... Read More

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