Book Reviews

New reading recommendations from Colorado Review

  • banana [ ]

    banana [ ]

    By Paul Hlava Ceballos

    Paul Hlava Ceballos’s debut poetry collection banana [ ] was selected by Ilya Kaminsky as...

  • We Are Mermaids

    We Are Mermaids

    By Stephanie Burt

    Stephanie Burt’s newest collection, We Are Mermaids, is a time capsule of girlhood, a transfiguration...

  • Hysterical


    By Elissa Bassist

    Even as a five-year-old, Elissa Bassist hated the sound of her own voice. She memorized...

  • Homesickness


    By Colin Barrett

    The Irish writer Colin Barrett’s second story collection, Homesickness, contains memorable portraits of characters who...

  • On Hysteria

    On Hysteria

    By Nancy Kuhl

    Nancy Kuhl’s On Hysteria doubts and criticizes the idea of cohesiveness—of opinions, memories, and even...

  • Breakpoint


    By Betsy Aoki

    While reading Betsy Aoki’s “techno-lit” poetry collection Breakpoint, my mind kept returning to a specific...

  • The Forgotten World

    The Forgotten World

    By Nick Courtright

    The Forgotten World, Nick Courtright’s engrossing and multilayered third poetry collection, features the poet’s pre-pandemic,...

  • Anchor


    By Rebecca Aronson

    Rebecca Aronson’s Anchor provides consistent reminders of what it means to be part of a...

  • XO


    By Sara Rauch

    The prolific French novelist and memoirist Annie Ernaux opens Simple Passion—a slim autobiographical novel narrating...

  • It Must Be a Misunderstanding

    It Must Be a Misunderstanding

    By Coral Bracho (translated by Forrest Gander)

    For the past few years, I’ve watched my father’s steady decline as he’s suffered from...

  • fretwork


    By Michele Glazer

    In her intimate collection fretwork, Michele Glazer creates an expansive elegy that views loss from...

  • Questions From Outer Space

    Questions From Outer Space

    By Diane Thiel

    Questions From Outer Space is about coming to terms with humanity’s destructive choices and orienting...

  • Wild Kingdom

    Wild Kingdom

    By Jehanne Dubrow


  • Pocket Universe

    Pocket Universe

    By Nancy Reddy

    Nancy Reddy’s Pocket Universe is a tender and expansive poetry collection on new motherhood. Following...

  • Irredenta


    By Oscar Oswald

    Tucked between descriptions of the close combat occurring throughout major Ukrainian cities and the very...