Foreword Reviews

Melissa Wuske, Book Reviewer

Melissa Wuske (MelissaAnneWuske.com) has been a freelance editor since 2011. Prior to that she was an editor at Writer’s Digest Books. She specializes in holistic edits of nonfiction trade books, including how to, self-help, reference, and memoir titles. She partners with independent authors to make sure their books convey their expertise to their desired audience. Her favorite authors include Jhumpa Lahiri, Marilynne Robinson, Elena Ferrante, Wallace Stegner, and John Steinbeck.

Book Review

The Longest Story

by Melissa Wuske

Richard Girling’s "The Longest Story" is a social science examination of the relationships between humans and animals—a topic that’s seldom considered, but is close at hand and environmentally relevant. To varying degrees, human... Read More

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If It's Not Right, Go Left

by Melissa Wuske

Kristen Glosserman’s If It’s Not Right, Go Left is an upbeat and approachable lifestyle guide that’s structured around eleven transformative lessons. Covering topics like attitude, mindset, parenting, and self-care, Glosserman... Read More

Book Review

How to Examine a Wolverine

by Melissa Wuske

The deep, heartfelt essays of veterinarian Philipp Schott’s "How to Examine a Wolverine" read like rewarding animal memes. Drawing on years of experience, Schott’s bite-sized, real-life stories are organized by animal type, from... Read More

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Ordinary Wonder

by Melissa Wuske

"Ordinary Wonder" collects the transformational wisdom of renowned, Western-born Zen teacher Charlotte Joko Beck. Beck’s work was foundational in developing communities of Zen practice in the United States, and her work in the early... Read More

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Blossom as the Cliffrose

by Melissa Wuske

The poems and prose pieces of "Blossom as the Cliffrose" celebrate the beauty and nature of the Mormon faith. The cliffrose is a beautiful but perhaps unlikely plant that blooms in the rugged Western deserts, where Mormons were forced to... Read More

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