Wally Wood

Reviewer Wally Wood: Wally is an editor and writer, has published three novels, Getting Oriented:A Novel about Japan, The Girl in the Photo an  Death in a Family Business. He obtained his MA in creative writing in 2002 from the City University of New York and has worked with a number of authors as a ghostwriter and collaborator.

With an extensive background in a variety of business subjects, his credits include twenty-one nonfiction books. He spent twenty-five years as a trade magazine reporter and editor and has been a volunteer writing and business teacher in state and federal prisons for more than twenty years. He has finished his fourth novel and has translated a collection of Japanese short stories into English.

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Author: AndrewMartin
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

ISBN: 978-0-37414-612-2

Author: JeffHoller
Publisher: High Bridge Books
ISBN: 978-1-946615-15-2

Author: Jhumpa Lahiri

Publisher: Vintage Books

ISBN: 978-1-101-91146-4

Author: Hervé Le Tellier

Publisher: Other Press

ISBN: 978-1-59051-937-0

Author: Michael Connelly

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

ISBN: 978-0-316-48480-0

Author:Mihail Sebastian

Publisher: Other Press

ISBN: 976-1-59051-954-7

Author: Sam Lipsyte
Publisher: Farrer, Strauss and Giroux
ISBN: 978-0-374-29890-6

Author: FionaBarton
Publisher: Berkley
ISBN: 978-1-101-99051-3

Author: MatthewO'Connell
Publisher: Station Square Media
ISBN: 978-0-996669-6-8

Author: JaneGillette
Publisher: Missouri Review Books
ISBN: 978-1-945829-06-2

Author: KyokoMori
Publisher: Fawcett Books
ISBN: 0-449-00428-7

Author:Hiro Arikawa
Publisher: Berkeley
ISBN: 978-0-451-49133-6

Hiro Arikawa's The Traveling Cat Chronicles (旅猫リポート) is an delightful novel on a couple levels. First, it has an interesting structure. Second, Philip Gabriel has done an impressive job of rendering Arikawa's Japanese into English. (Gabriel has also translated Kenzaburo Oe's Somersault and four Haruki Murakami novels including Kafka on the Shore, so he's got some chops.) Third, as a small book—about 5.5" x 7.5"—it is a pleasure to hold.

Author: RachelCusk
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
ISBN: 978-037-427986-8

Kudos is the third book in Rachel Cusk's trilogy. I've discussed the two earlier books, Outline and Transit. As in those novels, Kudos has no conventional plot as defined in my on-line dictionary as "the main events of a novel devised and presented by the writer as an interrelated sequence." There is no rising action leading to a denouement. The narrator, a middle-aged British novelist, flies to an unnamed foreign city (it sounds like Dubrovnik to me but it could be Gdansk) to speak at a literary festival and people talk to her.

Author: CarlBrookins
Publisher: Brookins Books LLC
ISBN: 978-0-9969991-0-6

Carl Brookins has created an interesting crime-fighting duo, Marjorie Kane and Alan Lockem. They are married, live in Minneapolis, and sound as if they are in their late 50s, early 60s. Marjorie is an exceptionally well-preserved former stripper. Lockem is a "private consultant," whatever that means. He's not a PI. "Some people call him a salvage expert." In any case, the two help people in trouble.

Author: Stephen Markley

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 978-1-5011-7447-6


Publisher Callaway Arts & Entertainment
ISBN: 978-0-935112-37-5

Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and pupil of Aristotle, was born around 372 BC, died around 287. When Aristotle was forced to retire from Athens in 323, Theophrastus became the head of the Lyceum, the academy Aristotle had founded. Under Theophrastus the enrollment of pupils and auditors rose to its highest point. 

Editors:Martha Collins and Kevin Prufer
Publisher: Graywolf Press
ISBN: 978-1-55597-792-4

Author: AndrzejStasiuk
Publisher: Dalkey Archive
ISBN: 978-1-56478-687-6

Dukla is a small town in southeastern Poland on the Jasiolka river at the foot of Cergowa mountain. It has a population of about 2,200 people, a 17th century town hall, the ruins of a 1758 synagogue, the ruins of a 16th century border tax office, the ruins of a brewery. In 1944, the Battle of the Dukla Pass left 90 percent of the town in ruins. In 1997, Pope John Paul II visited and in his sermon mentioned John of Dukla, one of the patron saints of Poland and Lithuania.

Author: MargaretMizushima
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
ISBN: 978-1-62593-381-0

Killing Trail is Margaret Mizushima's first Timber Creek K-9 mystery. I wanted to read it because I enjoyed the fourth in the series, Burning Ridge. In Killing Trail we are introduced to Deputy Mattie Cobb who has just completed twelve weeks of training with Robo, the county's new police service dog. We meet Cole Walker, Timber Creek's only veterinarian, whose wife has left him and their two daughters. We meet the town's sheriff, Abraham McCoy, and another deputy, Brody, who resents Mattie because she beat him in the competition to become the town's K-9 officer. We also meet Detective Stella LoSasso who is called in from the county seat to take charge of the investigation of the crime and who, by book four, is living in Timber Creek.

Author: MargaretMizushima
Publisher: Crooked Lane Books
ISBN: 978-168331-778-4

Burning Ridge is Margaret Mizushima's fourth Timber Creek K-9 mystery and the first I've read. It's a police procedural with an interesting cop—Sheriff's Deputy Mattie Cobb and her German shepherd K-9 partner Robo who work out of small Colorado town. Mattie is romantically involved with the widowed local veterinarian Cole Walker, and the narrative shifts from Mattie to Cole and back, sometimes in the same chapte

Author: Cara Black
Publisher: Soho Press, Inc.
ISBN: 978-1-61695-678-3

I would like to write about Cara Black's Murder on the Quai in such a way that it does not discourage mystery readers from picking up the book, which is a creditable effort, but also explains why I have difficulties with certain mysteries.

Author: CherylPallant
Publisher: Big Table Publishing Co.
ISBN: 978-1-945917-14-1

In 2007 Cheryl Pallant accepted an offer as Visiting Lecturer at Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea. She had "no images of its landscape and architecture, no familiarity with its language, people, history, or culture" other than that American soldiers fought against communism there in the 1950s. Pallant, in the middle of a divorce after a 15-year marriage, was moving from Richmond, Virginia, population 223,000 to Daegu, a city of 2.5 million people in south-central Korea. Ginseng Tango is a memoir of her year there.

Author:Gordon Marino, PhD
Publisher: HarperOne

It sounds like an interesting and practical book: The Existentialist's Survival Guide: How to Live Authentically in an Inauthentic Age. The author, Gordon Marino, PhD, "is a professor of philosophy and the director of the Hong Kierkegaard Library at St. Olaf College" in Minnesota. He's written and edited a number of books about Kierkegaard and is also "an award-winning boxing writer for The Wall Street Journal and other outlets." 

Author:  MagdalenaTulli
Publisher: Archipelago Books
ISBN: 978-1-935744-08-5

Because Bill Johnston led the workshop I attended at the Bread Loaf Translators' Conference, I bought his translation of In Red by Magdalena Tulli. Johnston has published over thirty book-length translations from the Polish, including poetry, prose, and drama. He teaches literary translation at Indiana University.

Magdalena Tulli is a Polish novelist and translator and is one of Poland's leading writers. She's won the Gdynia Literary Prize and been short-listed five times for the Nike Award, Poland's most prominent literary prize. While her own novels have been translated into a number of languages, she has translated Proust, Calvino, and Fleur Jaeggy into Polish.

Author: Rowan HisayoBuchanan
Publisher: W.W. Norton & Company
ISBN: 978-1-324-00074-7

Author: DannySchuman
Publisher: Cortado Press
ISBN: 978-0-692068-526

It's certainly a provocative title: The Worst Business Model in the World: A New Kind of Guide for a New Kind of Entrepreneur. It also stretches plausibility. The worst in the entire world? Worse than one that leads to divorce, prison, suicide? One like Bernard L. Madoff  Investment Securities, LLC?

Author: AnnieHogsett
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
ISBN: 978-1-4642-0-9994

Annie Hogsett sets up an interesting situation for her "Somebody's Bound to Wind Up Dead Mystery" series. In the first book, Too Lucky to Live, (which I have not read and which is not necessary to read to enjoy Murder to the Metal), Thomas Bennington III a blind professor at Cleveland's Case-Western Reserve University buys a lottery ticket to show a young friend that it's a waste of money and unfortunately wins the $550,000,000 MondoMegaJackpot. At that point, Tom has already met Alice (Allie) Jane Harper, who narrates both books. Complications ensue.

Author: CelesteNg
Publisher: Penguin Press
ISBN: 978-0-7352-2429-2

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Publisher: Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing
ISBN: 978-1-948018-07-4

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Publisher: Seven Stories Press
ISBN: 978-160980-657-6

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Publisher: Harvard Square Editions

ISBN: 978-1-941861-40-0

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ISBN: 978-0-399-59121-1

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Publisher: Europa Editions

ISBN: 978--=60945-399-2

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Publisher: Tin House Books

ISBN: 9781941040515

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Publisher: Touchstone 

ISBN: 0-7432-5619-0

Author:  Jostein Gaarder (Paulette Møller, translator)

Publisher: Farrar, Strauss and Giroux

ISBN: 0-374-26642-5

Author: Carol Rifka Brunt

Publisher: Dial Press

ISBN: 978-0-8129-8285-5

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Publisher: Viking Penguin

ISBN: 0-670-03467-3

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Publisher: Europa Editions

ISBN: 978-1-60945=385-5

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ISBN: 978-1-84627-510-4

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ISBN: 978-0-9976387-5-2

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Publisher: Minotaur Books (St. Martin's Press)

ISBN: 978-0-312-38434-0

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ISBN: 978-0-06-125240-2

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ISBN: 1-887178-89-9

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Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf

ISBN: 978-15247-3182-3

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Publisher: W,W, Norton & Company

ISBN: 978-0393254594

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ISBN: 978-1-57284-192-5

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Publisher: Tin House
ISBN: 978-1-941040-68-3

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Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

ISBN: 978-0-316-03193-6

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ISBN: 978-0-9960225-5-2

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