Category: Books I Like

“The Edge of the World” hits close to home: Review of Gail Vida Hamburg’s political novel in stories

The Edge of the World by Gail, Vida Hamburg My rating: 4 of 5 stars I finished this slender book last weekend after having met the author at the San Miguel Writers Conference. Through a series of brilliantly political, interconnected short stories, the novel is a tragic epitaph for a fictional Southeast Asian island nation … Read More »

Who’s Controlling YOUR Internet?: A Review of the Book You Don’t Know You Need to Read

Who Controls the Internet?: Illusions of a Borderless World by Jack L. Goldsmith My rating: 4 of 5 stars Written accessibly by a Harvard law professor and one from Columbia, this is the kind of “new history” that should probably, soon, become an essential part of our standard education about the world. It explains how … Read More »

Absolut God: A review of Capek’s timeless satire

The Absolute at Large by Karel Čapek My rating: 4 of 5 stars The Absolute at Large is a deft, straightforward, drily laugh-out-loud satire on spiritualism. When a frazzled inventor accidentally invents a nuclear power engine that offgasses God, a.k.a., the Absolute, he begs his old friend and industry baron to buy the machine and … Read More »

Heather Sharfeddin’s DAMAGED GOODS, review for The Oregonian

Heather Sharfeddin’s fourth novel, “Damaged Goods,” tells the nimble and compact story of an auctioneer who comes to understand the meaning of “priceless.” Three months after a traumatic brain injury, Hershel Swift struggles to remember everything from basic words to how he once ran his business. His old self is an alien personality whom everyone … Read More »

A resource for writers, editors, and book clubs

ABOUT THE EDITOR’S LEXICON Become a revision-savvy writer with the help of The Editor’s Lexicon: Essential Writing Terms for Novelists. It decodes, defines, and provides helpful examples of the editorial jargon used in writing workshops, critiques, and online forums. Written by an experienced editor and writing teacher, this dictionary-style reference book is a fundamental guide … Read More »