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

Arcade of Memory

by Mari Carlson

"Arcade of Memory" is an in-depth literary collection in which beautiful places and thoughtful personalities, past and present, are engaged. Howard Giskin’s bountiful collection "Arcade of Memory" gathers essays, poems, and short... Read More

Book Review

Gary Gatlin

by Mari Carlson

Gary Gatlin: Reluctant Hero is a historical novel whose wholesome demeanor and nostalgic wartime spirit are delightful. In Carl F. Haupt’s historical novel Gary Gatlin: Reluctant Hero, a Utah farm boy is caught up in South Pacific... Read More

Book Review

Pigs

by Mari Carlson

Six giant pigs, four kids, and a gang of adults on a magical island maintain a tenuous balance of power until two castaways show up in Johanna Stoberock’s probing literary novel, "Pigs". Every day, Luisa, Andrew, Mimi, and Natasha feed... Read More

Book Review

Return to Spinner's Inlet

by Mari Carlson

Don Hunter’s short story collection Return to Spinner’s Inlet, about life on an island in British Columbia, celebrates what holds people together. Though these are lighthearted stories, the collection begins and ends with funerals,... Read More

Book Review

Gabriel’s Storm

by Mari Carlson

"Gabriel’s Storm" is a thoughtful coming-of-age story deftly set around a captivating crime plot. In Diego Hojraj’s "Gabriel’s Storm", a deadly revenge plot leads to deeper struggles for a gang of outsider teens. It’s 1983,... Read More

Book Review

Love is a Rebellious Bird

by Mari Carlson

Elayne Klasson’s "Love is a Rebellious Bird" is an operatic, enduring, and subtle romance. Elayne Klasson’s artistic and compassionate novel "Love is a Rebellious Bird" focuses on a lifelong love affair. Judith and Elliot grow up in... Read More

Book Review

Tangled Words

by Mari Carlson

"Tangled Words" is an everywoman’s story about sisterhood and creativity that’s innovative in its format. Rima Jbara’s novella "Tangled Words" reflects the intertwined fates of archetypal twin sisters. Twin sisters Eternity and... Read More

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