Book Reviews

I’m the books columnist for San Diego CityBeat and my column, The Floating Library,
now runs every other week. I also occasionally review books for the Los Angeles Times,
The Los Angeles Review of Books
and other outlets.


J.K. Huysmans’s Là-bas
San Diego CityBeat
August 9, 2017


Erika L. Sánchez’s Lessons in Expulsion
San Diego CityBeat
July 25, 2017


Fabio Bourbon’s The Lost Cities of the Mayas
San Diego CityBeat
July 10, 2017


Kevin Barry’s Beatlebone
San Diego CityBeat
June 26, 2017


Don Winslow’s The Force
Los Angeles Times
June 16, 2017


Courtney E. Morgan’s The Seven Autopsies of Nora Hanneman
San Diego CityBeat
June 12, 2017


Leonora Carrington’s The Complete Works of Leonora Carrington & Down Below
San Diego CityBeat
May 30, 2017


Ian McGuire’s The North Water
San Diego CityBeat
May 16, 2017


Meg Howrey’s The Wanderers
San Diego CityBeat
May 1, 2017


Alberto López Pulido and Rigoberto “Rigo” Reyes San Diego Low Riders
San Diego CityBeat
April 17, 2017


Fiona Maazel’s A Little More Human
Los Angeles Times
April 6, 2017


Layli Long Soldier’s Whereas
San Diego CityBeat
April 3, 2017


Bridget Quinn’s Broad Strokes
San Diego CityBeat
March 20, 2017


Chinaka Hodge’s Dated Emcees
San Diego CityBeat
March 7, 2017


Jason DeBoer’s Annihilation Songs
San Diego CityBeat
February 20, 2017

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Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs. The World
San Diego CityBeat
February 6, 2017

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Joshua Mohr’s Sirens
San Diego CityBeat
January 23, 2017

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Joanna Walsh’s Hotel
San Diego CityBeat
January 9, 2017

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Chris Bachelder’s The Throwback Special
San Diego CityBeat
December 28, 2016

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Meredith Allings’s Sing the Song
San Diego CityBeat
December 12, 2016

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Black Candies: Gross and Unlikable
San Diego CityBeat
November 28, 2016

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Edward Gorey’s The Haunted Looking Glass
San Diego CityBeat
November 14, 2016

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Jen George’s The Babysitter at Rest
San Diego CityBeat
October 31, 2016

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Jeff Jackson’s Novi Sad and Brian Evenson’s The Warren
San Diego CityBeat
October 17, 2016

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Gina Frangello’s Every Kind of Wanting
San Diego CityBeat
October 3, 2016

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Scott McClanahan & Ricardo Cavolo’s The Incantations of Daniel Johnston
San Diego CityBeat
September 19, 2016

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Tommy Pico’s IRL
San Diego CityBeat
September 14, 2016

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Clarice Lispector’s Near to the Wild Heart
The Scofield
September 7, 2016

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Tobias Carroll’s Transitory
San Diego CityBeat
August 30, 2016

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Exploring Lisbon with Fernando Pessoa
Photos of Casa Fernando Pessoa in Lisbon
San Diego CityBeat
August 8, 2016

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NOFX’s Hepatitis Bathtub
San Diego CityBeat
July 6, 2016

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The Remarkable Influence of Yoko Ogawa
San Diego CityBeat
June 13, 2016

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Preview of Dark Summer Reads
San Diego CityBeat
May 16, 2016

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Sara Majka’s Cities I’ve Never Lived In and Matt Sumell’s Making Nice
San Diego CityBeat
April 25, 2016

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Simon J. Ortiz’s Men on the Moon
San Diego CityBeat
April 4, 2016

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Idra Novey’s Ways to Disappear & Raphael Montes’s Perfect Days
Los Angeles Review of Books
March 18, 2016

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Kristine Ong Muslim’s Age of Blight
San Diego CityBeat
March 14, 2016

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Ricky Jay’s Matthias Buchinger: The Greatest German Living
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2016

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Brian Evenson’s A Collapse of Horses
San Diego CityBeat
February 29, 2016

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Louise Hall’s Speak & Valeria Luiselli’s Faces in the Crowd
San Diego CityBeat
February 8, 2016

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Christopher Sorrentino’s The Fugitives
Los Angeles Times
February 4, 2016

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Elizabeth Marro’s Casualties
San Diego CityBeat
January 25 , 2016

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Best Books 2015
San Diego CityBeat
December 29 , 2015

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Svetlana Alexievich Voices from Chernobyl
San Diego CityBeat
December 29 , 2015

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Ruth Ware’s In a Dark, Dark Wood
San Diego CityBeat
November 16 , 2015

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Bucky Sinister’s Black Hole
San Diego CityBeat
October 26 , 2015

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