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SPD is proud to celebrate recent titles that have drawn critical praise & attention! We've gathered some of our favorite recent review highlights and will compile that buzz for you here regularly.  Publishers & authors: if you've got a new review you'd like considered for our highlights, please send it to publicity@spdbooks.org!
 
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Animul/Flame By Michelle Lewis | Conduit Books & Ephemera, 2019
Animul/Flame By Michelle Lewis | Conduit Books & Ephemera, 2019
"This debut has all the smoky intensity of a pool hall. The poems backspin and kiss, rebound off cushions and crack in brilliant combinations. The stakes are always high. You’d be wise to put your money on Michelle Lewis—she has the talent to run the table."

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William Billiter

Kenyon Review | August 4, 2020

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 Riviera: Photographs of Palm Springs By John Brian King | Spurl Editions, 2020
 Riviera: Photographs of Palm Springs By John Brian King I Spurl Editions, 2020
"None of it is exactly pretty, and little of it is conventionally attractive, and yet the overall effect is to make Palm Springs look curiously appealing, like an eerily depopulated wonderland."

-Geoff Nicholson


LA Review of Books
| August 1, 2020
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The White Dress By Nathalie Leger | Dorothy, a publishing project, 2020
The White Dress By Nathalie Leger I  Dorothy, a publishing project, 2020 "Léger offers striking observations on how making art distills experience, while references to the polar approaches of Leo Tolstoy and Svetlana Alexeivich—adorned descriptions vs. unalloyed reporting—inform Léger’s own method. Readers should not miss this smart, skillful reckoning with acts of selflessness, betrayal, and grief."


Publishers Weekly
| August 9, 2020
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Exposition By Nathalie Leger |  Dorothy, a publishing project, 2020
Exposition By Nathalie Leger |  Dorothy, a publishing project, 2020
"With no plot or linear chronology, the strands still cohere miraculously, held together by the intensity of Léger’s engagement with Oldoïni. Léger’s vigorous work consistently satisfies, with ideas crystallizing with the clarity of a photograph."


Publishers Weekly | August 9, 2020
https://www.publishersweekly.com/9781630450595
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Daddy by Michael Montlack |  NYQ Books, 2020
Daddy by Michael Montlack |  NYQ Books, 2020
"In this rewarding and accomplished collection, Montlack’s speakers arrive at profundity with a light touch.


Publishers Weekly | August 17th, 2020
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DMZ Colony By Don Mee Choi | Wave Books, 2020
DMZ Colony By Don Mee Choi | Wave Books, 2020
"Choi moves from sanitized, political language to the voices of Koreans who experienced the partition, from orphans to political prisoners to her own scattered family. However, her poetic work lies not in just presenting silenced voices, but reworking and amplifying them, which intensifies the absurdity of their suffering."

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Kion You

Los Angeles Review | August 13, 2020



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Collected Poems By Robert Conquest and Elizabeth Conquest (Editor) | The Waywiser Press, 2020
Collected Poems By Robert Conquest and Elizabeth Conquest (Editor) | The Waywiser Press, 2020

"Robert Conquest (1917-2015) was what used to be called a Renaissance man. He was so good at everything he did—soldier, diplomat, historian and poet—that I wouldn’t be surprised to learn he also left behind a few sonatas and paintings in oil."

-David Mason

Wall Street Journal | August 21, 2020

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The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing By Joseph Fasano | Platypus Press, 2020
The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing By Joseph Fasano | Platypus Press, 2020
"In a narrative simultaneously poetic and horrific, Fasano explores the unforgiving nature of the wild world while illuminating the sorrow and guilt that drive the man to extreme measures.Precise and evocative, this is an outstanding novel."


Publishers Weekly | August 2020
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