Category Archives: Fine Press Book Reviews

The Hatchet Buddha by Rebecca Gayle Howell; Published by Larkspur Press

I originally came across Larkspur Press in my endless pursuit of the writings of Wendell Berry. It was a joy to discover that I could get pieces of his writings from small private presses like Larkspur and The Press on … Continue reading

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Tartuffe, by Moliere; Published by the Arion Press

“To be flawlessly monstrous is, thank heaven, not easy.” “Life, happily, will not have it.” (Trigger warning: Politics…but, hey, it’s Moliere!)

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Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert; Published by The Limited Editions Club

“Many of us ordinary folk find complicated ways in which to give expression to our disappointment in romance, like getting drunk, like going to the dogs, like murdering a beloved one, like marrying the wrong person. But Flaubert found a … Continue reading

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FANCY: 8 Odes of John Keats; Published by the Barbarian Press

Away! Away! for I will fly to thee, Not charioted by Bacchus and his pards, But on the viewless wings of Poesy, Though the dull brain perplexes and retards… –from Ode to a Nightingale I have definitely dawdled and procrastinated … Continue reading

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Poetry of Sappho; Published by the Arion Press

…“Whom again do I persuade to take you back into her love? Who, Sappho, is doing you wrong?” These lines from a poem of Sappho speak to us across the millennium. It’s been twenty-six centuries since this intriguing and unforgettable … Continue reading

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The Iliad or the Poem of Force by Simone Weil; Published by The Lapis Press

This marvelous essay by French Philosopher, activist, and Christian Mystic Simone Weil came along at just the right time for me. I’ve been studying the Yoga Sutra of Patañjali while completing my 200 –hour yoga certification and thinking a lot … Continue reading

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A Lost Lady by Willa Cather; published by The Limited Editions Club

This short novel by Willa Cather is a great example of the Schiff-era output of The Limited Editions Club as he changed the direction of the LEC from using book illustrators and graphic artists to using “fine art” artists to … Continue reading

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The Cricket on the Hearth by Charles Dickens; Published by the Limited Editions Club

I’ve read a lot of Dickens in my life, but I believe the only one of his Christmas books that I’ve read before this review is The Chimes. I love his novels and hope to get through them all at … Continue reading

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Zane Grey and Me by Lisa Rappoport; Published by Littoral Press

I met Lisa Rappoport of Littoral Press at CODEX 2013, where I remember having a delightful chat with her about her books and other sundry things, bought a couple of raffle tickets (only because my daughter was with me…I never … Continue reading

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The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton; Published by the Arion Press

The Age of Innocence seems an appropriate title to begin my first fine press review by a women writer in almost two years. Since I reviewed Rachel Carson’s Undersea published by the Nawakum Press, I’ve reviewed fifteen other books by … Continue reading

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