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 Red Kitchen

by Mari Carlson

"The Red Kitchen" is an inspirational memoir about finding a way out of family drama. Through her memoir "The Red Kitchen", Barbara Clarke opens up key moments in her life to find healing. On the surface, Clarke’s family was an average... Read More

Book Review

Elemental Natures

by Mari Carlson

Inviting meditation, the poems of "Elemental Natures" are disturbing and enlightening as they address contemporary American cacophonies. Lance Lee’s retrospective collection of poems, art, and an essay, "Elemental Natures", addresses... Read More

Book Review

Culture of One

by Mari Carlson

"Culture of One" is a demanding work of interactive religious exploration. In "Culture of One", John Ralph Tuccitto argues God’s truth as an ironic evangelist. The book begins with a quiz—an exercise that introduces its interactive... Read More

Book Review

The Story of Liam

by Mari Carlson

"The Story of Liam" is a modern fable whose hero’s struggle becomes an illustration of universal ideals. In Wedad M. El Hajj’s novel "The Story of Liam", a Lebanese man rises above challenges throughout his short life. When his... Read More

Book Review

The Portrait

by Mari Carlson

In Ilaria Bernardini’s artful novel "The Portrait", Valeria is an author who needs a jacket picture for her new collection. This becomes her excuse to enter the house where her secret lover lays dying; there, his wife, Isla, will paint... Read More

Book Review

The Murphys of Rathcore Rectory

by Mari Carlson

"The Murphys of Rathcore Rectory" is a legacy-driven, period biography of an Irish family. Julia Turner’s family biography, "The Murphys of Rathcore Rectory", covers professors, ministers, abusers, doctors, soldiers, and charmers... Read More

Book Review

After Happily Ever After

by Mari Carlson

"After Happily Ever After" is a romantic comedy novel with depth, about a middle-aged woman finally coming into her own. A Connecticut housewife traverses middle age with self-deprecating wit and aplomb in Leslie Rasmussen’s novel... Read More

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