Review by Julie Carpenter
My Xanthi is a timely story of family love, immigration, and political violence. It’s the story of
one woman’s ability to live through unspeakable tragedy make the terrible choices that follow.
There’s a lot to love in this slim volume, a novella that punches far above its weight - a depth of
discovery bigger than the words that fill the book, as the narrator considers the nuances of
justice and the consequences of violence as they interact over generations and places.
On Narrative and Comfort Books
by Jarad Johnson
There’s nothing quite like a familiar book, is there? You open the cover, and you’re immediately
transported back to a different time. Not only through the story you’re reading, but to the time
you originally read it. One of the reasons I think that we love certain books so much is that they
capture a moment or memory of when we were happier, unburdened, or content. So, when we re-
read that book, we are taken back to that time and to that mindset.
Parking Lots, Bars, and Falling Stars
Sweet Anne Marie
by Roy Peak
Three things right off the bat about Pennsylvanian indie-folk artist Sweet Anne Marie that I liked before I even heard her music:
In her press photos she seems a bit awkward and to me that's an adorable selling point. She's not afraid of the Oxford comma—also a good thing. And lastly, she has a song titled "Retrograde," beating me to the punch on that one. Sweet Anne Marie, my hat is off to you. Oh, and she plays a really cool Gretsch hollow body electric guitar!