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

The Road Home

by Mari Carlson

In the evocative novel "The Road Home", a traumatized woman starts the long process of belonging. Set in the aftermath of September 11, 2001, Laura Tonwe’s rich novel "The Road Home" is a story about healing. After college, Stephanie,... Read More

Book Review

Children of the Dust

by Mari Carlson

The historical novel "Children of the Dust" follows two veterans as they become vigilantes. In J. C. Bourg’s historical novel "Children of the Dust", Vietnam veterans and other war-traumatized heroes join forces. After an icy reception... Read More

Book Review

The Last Professional

by Mari Carlson

A man rides the rails in the pilgrimage novel "The Last Professional", which proposes a free-spirited interpretation of the American dream. In Ed Davis’s historical novel "The Last Professional", gangs square off in an old school... Read More

Book Review

My Little Bird

by Mari Carlson

"My Little Bird" is a loving memoir about a romance that beat the odds. Theresa H. Kulla-Klink’s memoir "My Little Bird" is about the bond she formed with an American soldier during and after WWII. By the time Kulla-Klink met Michael,... Read More

Book Review

The Marching Ant

by Mari Carlson

The captivating historical novel "The Marching Ant" follows a young woman as she gets to know her hero—her grandmother—from the inside out. In Allyson Chapa’s autobiographical novel "The Marching Ant", a grandmother’s and... Read More

Book Review

Nermina's Chance

by Mari Carlson

In Nermina’s Chance, Dina Greenberg’s historical novel about the Bosnian War, ongoing trauma gives people opportunities to do what is right. In the 1990s, Nermina escapes Bosnia with a young boy who lost his family, like her, and who... Read More

Book Review

The Sword and the Rose

by Mari Carlson

"The Sword and the Rose" is a memoir about practicing faith that expresses hope that people can work toward making this a better world. Tara Sufiana’s soulful memoir "The Sword and the Rose" covers travel and five years spent with a... Read More

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