Category: Reviews

M. Önder Göncüoğlu / Roots, History, and the Possibility of Coexistence: Horizontal and Vertical Consciousness in Amin Maalouf’s Ports of Call

Roots, History, and the Possibility of Coexistence: Horizontal and Vertical Consciousness in Amin Maalouf’s Ports of Call (published in NDQ 84.1/2) M. Önder Göncüoğlu Introduction A Lebanese journalist and novelist born in 1949, Amin Maalouf is a person of multiple identities. Like most of his fictional characters, he is formed by

Short Take: Domesticity and Hi-Fi Living

Bill Caraher I’m totally enamored with J. Borgerson’s and J. Schroeder’s Designed for Hi-Fi Living: The Vinyl LP in Midcentury America (2017) published by MIT Press. The book explores the remarkable world of album covers from the 1950s and 1960s not from the heights of pop music (which was still dominated

Refracted: Visions of Fracking in Prose and Poetry

Richard M. Rothaus Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America. Taylor Brorby and Stefanie Brook Trout, editors. North Liberty, Iowa: Ice Cube Press, 2016. Pp. 466, $24.95 pb. A review of Fracture: Essays, Poems, and Stories on Fracking in America comes at a fractured time in North Dakota.

“A Sentence Within a Sentence”: Solitary Confinement as Torture

Gayatri Devi Jean Casella, James Ridgeway, and Sarah Shourd, eds. Hell Is a Very Small Place: Voices from Solitary Confinement. New York: The New Press, 2016. Pp. 226, $29.95 hb. Rule 43 1. In no circumstances may restrictions or disciplinary sanctions amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading

Elwyn B. Robinson in Context

Over the next few weeks, North Dakota Quarterly will reprint a series of short reviews that explore the legacy of Elwyn B. Robinson’s History of North Dakota on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. Far from being a local book on a local place, Robinson’s History of North Dakota was ambitious in scope and elegant in execution.

Review: Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema

 Michael Anderegg Gayatri Devi and Najat Rahman, eds., Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 2014. Pp. 264. $29.99 Pb. The title of this collection of essays, Humor in Middle Eastern Cinema, appears to limit the scope of what is in fact a wide-ranging introduction to a

Up Over Every Dark Thing

  This review appears in North Dakota Quarterly 83.1 (Winter 2016)  Richard Wirick Lucia Berlin, A Manual for Cleaning Women. Ed. Stephen Emerson; Foreword by Lydia Davis. New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2015. Pp. 432, $26 hd. The stories of Lucia Berlin (how’s that for a Cold War mother’s