Pennsylvania Literary Journal

Articles from Vol. 10, No. 1, Spring

A Biography of an Architect and a Study of the Roots of American Architecture
A Biography of an Architect and a Study of the Roots of American Architecture Robert Russell. William Strickland and the Creation of an American Architecture. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2017. ISBN: 9781-62190-346-8. 344pp.This is a biography...
A Biography of a Socially-Conscious Caribbean Novelist
A Biography of a Socially-Conscious Caribbean Novelist Ameena Gafoor. Aftermath of Empire: The Novels of Roy A.K. Heath. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-976640-636-3. 256pp.This is a biography of Roy A.K. Heath (1926-2008)....
A Breathtaking Journey through Space
A Breathtaking Journey Through Space Alan Stern and David Grinspoon. Chasing New Horizons: Inside the Epic First Mission to Pluto. New York: Picador, May 1, 2018. $28: Hardcover. ISBN: 978-1-250-09896-2. 320pp.The history of the space exploration project,...
A Delightfully Outrageous and Entertaining Life of a Powerful Woman
A Delightfully Outrageous and Entertaining Life of a Powerful Woman Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff. Red Hot Mama: The Life of Sophie Tucker. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2017. $27.95. ISBN: 978-1-47731236-0. 276pp.A biography of Sophie Tucker, a television,...
A Guide to Politics in Tennessee
A Guide to Politics in Tennessee William Lyons, John M. Schebb II, Billy Stair, and Joseph G. Jarret. Government and Politics in Tennessee, Second Edition. Knoxville: University ofTennessee Press, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-62190-348-2. 408pp.This extensive book...
A Hilarious Attempt to Sell Fictional Marketing
A Hilarious Attempt to Sell Fictional Marketing Donald Miller. Building a Story Brand: Clarify Your Message So Customers Will Listen. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2017. $24.99. ISBN: 978-0-7180-3332-3. 228pp.This book inspired me to write a fictional...
A Historical Biography of an NBA Star with Challenges
A Historical Biography of an NBA Star with Challenges Charley Rosen. Sugar: Michael Ray Richardson, Eighties Excess, and the NBA. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, April 1, 2018. $24.95. ISBN: 978-1-4962-0216-1. 192pp.This book attempts to understand...
A History of the Struggle of the Huichol Indians in Mexico
A History of the Struggle of the Huichol Indians in Mexico Michele McArdle Stephens. In the Lands of Fire and Sun: Resistance and Accommodation in the Huichol Sierra, 1723-1930. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, May 1, 2018. $50. ISBN: 978-0-8032-8858-4....
A Humorous Mystery Children's Book
A Humorous Mystery Children's Book Brian Selznick and David Serlin. Baby Monkey, Private Eye. New York: Scholastic Press, 2018. $16.99. ISBN: 978-1-338-18061-9. 192pp.This illustrated children's book is primarily black and while with a few accents of...
A Know-Nothing Nightmare about Trump
A Know-Nothing Nightmare About Trump David Cay Johnston. It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2018. $28. ISBN: 978-1-501-7416-2. 306pp.After seeing David Cay Johnston talk...
Alternative History of Washington's Downfall
Alternative History of Washington's Downfall Charles Rosenberg. The Trial and Execution of the Traitor George Washington: A Novel. Ontario: Harlequin Enterprises Limited: Hanover Square Press, June 26, 2018. $26.99. ISBN: 978-1-335-20032-7. 432pp.I really...
Amazing Study of Space Travel and Other Scientific Frontiers
Amazing Study of Space Travel and Other Scientific Frontiers Michio Kaku. The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth. New York: Doubleday, 2018. $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-385-54276-0. 339pp.I had...
An Absurd Reversal of Hansel & Gretel
An Absurd Reversal of Hansel & Gretel Bethan Woollvin. Hansel & Gretel. Atlanta: Peachtree Publishers, 2018. $16.95. ISBN: 978-1-68263-073-0. 34pp.This children's book has been created by Bethan Woollvin, a Cam- bridge School of Art graduate,...
An Analysis of Military Strategy in Star Wars
An Analysis of Military Strategy in Star Wars Max Brooks, John Amble, ML Cavanaugh, and Jaym Gates, eds. Strategy Strikes Back: How Star Wars Explains Modern Military Conflict. New York: Potomac Books, May 1, 2018. $29.95. ISBN: 978-1-64012033-4. 272pp.This...
An Autobiography of a West Indies University Chancellor
An Autobiography of a West Indies University Chancellor George Alleyne. The Grooming of a Chancellor. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-976-640-651-6. 274pp.This is a thorough autobiography of Sir George Alleyne, the emeritus...
A Needed Study on Corruption in Banking
A Needed Study on Corruption in Banking Nomi Prins. Collusion: How Central Bankers Rigged the World. New York: Nation Books, 2018. $28. ISBN: 978-1-56858-562-8. 384pp. While teaching in China, I realized that China deliberately keeps the value of their...
An Engaging Adventure Fantasy
An Engaging Adventure Fantasy D. J. Butler. Witchy Winter. Riverdale: Baen Books, April 2018. $25. ISBN: 978-1-4814-8314-8. 586pp.This fantasy is the second installment in the Witchy series. The story takes place both in a realistic Tennessee and in...
An Inspiring, Freely Conceived Collection of Classic Photography
An Inspiring, Freely Conceived Collection of Classic Photography Ralph Gibson. Text by Gilles Mora. The Black Trilogy. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. $40. ISBN: 978-1-4773-1626-9. 198pp.I am delighted to be adding this book to my collection....
An Intricate Account of the Pioneering Expedition of the West
An Intricate Account of the Pioneering Expedition of the West Gary E. Moulton. The Lewis and Clark Expedition: Day by Day. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, April 1, 2018. $75. ISBN: 978-14962-0338-0. 768pp.This book takes readers on a journey most...
A Non-Fiction Mystery about the Water Crisis
A Non-Fiction Mystery About the Water Crisis Seamus McGraw. A Thirsty Land: The Making of an American Water Crisis. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. $27.95. ISBN: 978-1-4773-1031-1. 277pp.A study of the American water crisis with a look at how...
A Painstaking Study of a Courageous Businesswoman
A Painstaking Study of a Courageous Businesswoman Alexandra M. Nickliss. Phoebe Apperson Hearst: A Life of Power and Politics. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, May 1, 2018. $39.95. ISBN: 978-1-4962-0227-7. 664pp.Women have been succeeding in business...
A Rageful Cry against Sexism in Authorship
A Rageful Cry Against Sexism in Authorship Joanna Russ. How to Suppress Women's Writing. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. $19.95. ISBN: 978-1-4773-1625-2. 199pp.A great summary of the problems discussed in this book is offered in the cover design,...
A Silent Artbook
A Silent Artbook Minh Le and Dan Santat. Drawn Together. New York: Disney, 2018. $17.99. ISBN: 978-1-4847-6760-3. 42pp.I went around TLA asking for mostly scholarly books. From children's book publishers I asked for very artsy books that would show some...
A Stunning New Release from the Timeless Zora Neale Hurston
A Stunning New Release from the Timeless Zora Neale Hurston Zora Neale Hurston. Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo". New York: Amistad: HarperCollins Publishers, May 2018. $24.99. ISBN: 978-0-06-274820-1. 208pp.Reading a never-before-published...
A Tough-Girl Story about Fight Club from the Doctor's Perspective
A Tough-Girl Story About Fight Club from the Doctor's Perspective Linda D. Dahl. Tooth and Nail: The Making of a Female Fight Doctor. Ontario: Harlequin Enterprises Limited: Hanover Square Press, July 24, 2018. $26.99. ISBN: 978-1-335-01747-5. 304pp.Once...
Biography of a Founder of Modern Tennis
Biography of a Founder of Modern Tennis Allen M. Hornblum. American Colossus: Big Bill Tilden and the Creation of Modern Tennis. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, March 1, 2018. $39.95. ISBN: 978-0-8032-8811-9. 520pp.Bill Tilden had a similar fame...
Christian Propaganda from a Swedish Congregation Leader
Christian Propaganda from a Swedish Congregation Leader Annahita Parsan with Craig Borlase. Stranger No More: A Muslim Refugee's Story of Harrowing Escape, Miraculous Rescue, and the Quiet Call of Jesus. New York: Nelson Books: Thomas Nelson: HarperCollins...
Compulsory Masculinity: Engendered Male Subjects and Mamet's Critique of Patriarchal Discourse
I. IntroductionAccording to Sandra Bem every society has "gender lenses," or "unexamined beliefs about men and women that make social norms seem natural... The process of enculturation hides these assumptions from view, assumptions deeply embedded in...
Descriptive Military Science Fiction Series
Descriptive Military Science Fiction Series David Weber. Uncompromising Honor. Riverdale: Baen Books, October 2, 2018. $28. ISBN: 978-1-4814-8350-6. 768pp.I received a free copy of this novel at the Texas Library Association convention as I did a round...
Digressions about the Abstraction of Sound and Logic
Digressions About the Abstraction of Sound and Logic Joan Richardson. How to Live, What to Do: Thirteen Ways of Looking at Wallace Stevens. Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, March 1, 2018. $19.95. ISBN: 978-1-60938-549-1. 132pp.This is an abridged...
Economic Theories of Sustainability and Growth in the Caribbean
Economic Theories of Sustainability and Growth in the Caribbean Debbie A. Mohammed and Nikolaos Karagiannis, eds. Caribbean Realities and Endogenous Sustainability. Jamaica: University of the West Indies Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-976-640-642-4. 291pp.This...
Exploration of Police Dopers and Aggression
Exploration of Police Dopers and Aggression John Hoberman. Dopers in Uniform: The Hidden World of Police on Steroids. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2018. $29.95. ISBN: 9780-292-75948-0. 302pp.This is an unflinching look at police officers who illegally...
Fish Hawks
No. No, that wouldn't be accurate. For a brief time in the summer of 1917, I did fly with them in Buffalo, but I hadn't been recruited with them and never really became a part of the second Yale unit. The first fliers, you will understand, the men of...
Five Untitled Poems
What you open leans against woodthat is not a door you can muffleput your arm around the only soundwhen you knock on this kitchen tablewhose corners were broken offstraight down, still lit, letting you incircle her mouth not yet the roomleft over and...
How the Container Ship Sunk
How the Container Ship Sunk Rachel Slade. Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking ofEl Faro. New York: HarperCollins, May 2018. $27.99. ISBN: 978-0-06-269970-1. 400pp.This book would have been a miracle if Rachel Slade...
How to Spot a Terrorist by His Facial Expression
How to Spot a Terrorist by His Facial Expression Michele Rigby Assad. Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting for. New York: Tyndale Momentum, August 2017. Memoir. $25.99. ISBN: 978-1-49641959-0. 250pp.I...
How to Use Cyber Technology to Take over the World!
How to Use Cyber Technology to Take Over the World! Mark T. Peters II. Cashing in on Cyber-Power: How Interdependent Actors Seek Economic Outcomes in a Digital World. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, July 1, 2018. $27.95. ISBN: 978-1-64012-013-6....
Inspiring Biography of Traveling Artists
Inspiring Biography of Traveling Artists Frederick C. Moffatt. Paintbrush for Hire: The Travels of James and Emma Cameron, 1840-1900. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-62190-365-9. 367pp.This is an inspiring account of how two...
INTERVIEW with D.J. Butler, Lawyer and Speculative Writer
D.J. ("Dave") Butler grew up in swamps, deserts, and mountains. After messing around for years with the practice of law, he finally got serious and turned to his lifelong passion of storytelling. He now writes adventure stories for readers of all ages,...
Introduction
This PLJ issue presents an interview with D.J. Butler, who has had a successful career in corporate law, and has published several fantasy and children's books with top presses. It also carries over forty, detailed book reviews of fiction, scholarly,...
Military Strategy Guide to a Battle in the Civil War
Military Strategy Guide to a Battle in the Civil War Matt Spruill and Lee Spruill. Decisions at Stone River: The Sixteen Critical Decisions That Defined the Battle. Command Decisions in America's CivilWar. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2018....
Nights at the Vestige
Ellington's Caravan stirred her gently. Stretching, she switched off the flashing alarm an the clock radio as the music continued. Who starred in her dreams last night? Was it Buster Keaton or perhaps Harold' Lloyd again? ' ^Several minutes later, she...
Noch Immer Gegenwärtig 1
For GabiToo manyglassesof wine,and now,I can'tsleep;It doesn'thelpthat hesnores.I wonderif I shouldget uP-havea smoke,reada book,takea walk.I'm tootiredto walk,to anxiousto reador smoke,so Irollover,thinkaboutthe beginningagain.Dinnerwas perfect.I thinkthat...
Paradigm Shift
"Paradigm Shift" is adapted from material in the author's novel, Monterey Mischief (Newgame, © 2014).Bogges drove a few miles and turned off the highway onto an unpaved road past a NO TRESPASSING sign. Fifty yards beyond was a chained gate and wooden...
Prometheus Plays with Fire
For Ed HugetzI."Poco a poco," she said."Si Abuelita," you learned:Little by littlePiece by pieceWe give...We get.We give.But which way does it go?The river runs to the ocean;The ocean flies to the sky.Poco a poco, we returnTo where we were before:ParadiseAnd...
Random Flights across Tiny American Towns
Random Flights Across Tiny American Towns James Fallows and Deborah Fallows. Our Towns: A 100,000-Mile Journey into the Heart of America. New York: Pantheon Books, May 2018. $28.95: Hardcover. ISBN: 978-1-101-87184-3. 432pp.What a strange note on which...
Reading Baudelaire
whereupon I slammed shut the bookhurled that clock against a walland sped out the doorradioactive words etched in my brainthey burn I burn(but that's Sappho)because I couldn't take itcouldn't take itMonstrous time, bestial your jawssaw-toothed, ratchetedthe...
Secrets within on the Cold War and Conflicts in the Middle East
Secrets within on the Cold War and Conflicts in the Middle East Randall Fowler. More Than a Doctrine: The Eisenhower Era in the Middle East. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, May 1, 2018. $34.95. ISBN: 978-1-61234-997-8. 272pp.A study of the January...
Sex-Slavery and Genocide in the Islamic State of Iraq
Sex-Slavery and Genocide in the Islamic State of Iraq Nadia Murad. The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State. New York: Tim Duggan Books, October 2017. $27: Hardcover. ISBN: 978-1-5247-6043-4. 320pp.A memoir of a surviving...
That Formal Feeling after Great Pain
I thought I was in hell;therefore I was in hell.-RimbaudEmily nailed it on this onethough I might add "during"as well as the inevitable "after"-that gasp of revelation,more benign Sunday school,little Golden Book, Rockwell versions(though Norman's personal...
The History of a Southern Tenant Farmers Union
The History of a Southern Tenant Farmers Union James D. Ross Jr. The Rise and Fall of the Southern Tenant Farmers Union in Arkansas. Knoxville: University of Tennessee Press, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-62190-352-9. 166pp.A history of the Southern Tenant Farmers...
The Murder Trial That Made Lincoln Famous
The Murder Trial That Made Lincoln Famous Dan Abrams and David Fisher. Lincoln's Last Trial: The Murder Case That Propelled Him to the Presidency. Ontario: Harlequin Enterprises Limited: Hanover Square Press, June 5, 2018. $26.99. ISBN: 978-1335-42469-3....
Wan: The Little-Known Chinese Man Who Inspired Miranda
Wan: The Little-Known Chinese Man Who Inspired Miranda Scott D. Seligman. The Third Degree: The Triple Murder That Shook Washington and Changed American Criminal Justice. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, May 1, 2018. $29.95. ISBN: 978-1-61234-994-7....
Why Did the Soldier Rob the Bank?
Why Did the Soldier Rob the Bank? Ben Blum. Ranger Games: A Story of Soldiers, Family and an Inexplicable Crime. New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, September 12, 2017. $28.95. ISBN: 978-0-385-53843-5. 432pp.The account of the life of Alex Blum,...
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