News & Reviews


The Turtle and the Dreamboat

Review in Travel for Aircraft:

“Jim Leeke’s The Turtle and the Dreamboat slips readers into the world just after World War II (WW II) ended, in 1946, with the race inspired by competition for not losing identity in a newly formed united military—the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The race was between the U.S. Navy (USN) and the U.S. Army Air Forces (AAF). The aircraft could hardly have been more different—the Navy’s brand new Lockheed P2V Neptune and the AAF’s mature Boeing B-29 Superfortress. Navy versus Army. Lockheed versus Boeing. One flight primarily challenged by a long flight over the expanse of the Pacific Ocean and the other crossing over the magnetically deranged North Pole. A lot was on the table and Leeke tells the story of brilliantly as well as evocatively.”

Review in Shepherd Express:

“Jim Leeke follows the flight plans and the thinking behind them in The Turtle and the Dreamboat. Much of the discussion concerned which branch of service would control airpower in the postwar world. The author compares those pioneering long-range Army and Navy flights to “an especially brutal army-navy football game, albeit one played on a much bigger field with far greater stakes.”

Girl Archaeologist

Review in Historical Archeology:

“Kehoe’s personality and voice are strong, making it a quick and entertaining read. She takes the audience through her early years when she discovers her interest in archaeology, then through her education and marriage which permitted her to work in the field.”

Enemies Among Us

Review in H-Net:

“John E. Schmitz offers a convincing demonstration of the extent of American relocation, internment, and repatriation programs before and during World War II in his recent work, Enemies among Us: The Relocation, Internment, and Repatriation of German, Italian, and Japanese Americans during the Second World War. In it, he prepares a comprehensive analysis within a wide context of domestic, foreign, and wartime policy activity, as well as a general political-cultural backdrop of American fears regarding the war. I found his contribution convincing in two ways. First, he expands the scope of current scholarship to include the mistreatment of German and Italian Americans and émigré subjects in tandem with a reading of the extensive literature on mistreatment of Japanese Americans. Second, he analyzes the political and cultural conditions of these programs in order to situate them among a general ethno-cultural nationalism and protectionist state action motivated not by evidence but by credulity in ethnic others as ‘threats.'”

Do What They Say or Else

Review in Publishers Weekly:

“In this unsettling novel from Ernaux (The Years), first published in France in 1977, a teenage girl has her first sexual experience on summer break… Ernaux renders a clear-eyed and pitiless depiction of Anne’s dissatisfaction. It adds up to a powerful portrait of a searching adolescent.”

Your Crib, My Qibla

Review in Palette Poetry:

“Grief in Your Crib, My Qibla by Saddiq Dzukogi is a passageway toward more intentional living. Here, Dzukogi fully understands how finite our time on this earth is and in that understanding has nothing to hold back. This book is no small undertaking. Some people live and die with their sorrow songs still inside them. In his singing, Dzukogi fosters safe passage for us to grieve our own intimate losses.”

Author Interviews

J.J. Anselmi

Interview on Wyoming Public Radio

Keith Ryan Cartwright

Interview on The Root and Roots Show

Rafael Medoff

Interview with The Times of Israel

Dinty W. Moore

Interview with Christina Consolino

Suzanne Roberts

Interview on Craft Literary with Al Landwehr

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