Hello, Readers, We’re focusing on some other projects right now, so with a bit of bittersweetness, we’re taking a break. Until late August. Don’t get too burnt this summer. And happy reading! Love, The Review Lab  
Top of the morning. We’ve got some juicy tidbits just for you this week. Appetizer: Eduora Welty’s application to The New Yorker. She was then just twenty-three and starving for work. It’s very charming, and it was ignored. Tsk. Chicagoans! And those in the greater Chicago area. Here’s a live lit...
We hope you didn’t think we’d go soft on you. Having a nice, relaxing end of your May? Put down the tabloids and shut down Yahoo. Here’s what’s important in literary news. Haven’t seen our awesome reviews yet? Click here, here, and here. Appetizer: The ever effervescent Emma Straub...
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A Highly Unlikely Scenario, or a Neetsa Pizza Employee’s Guide to Saving the World Rachel Cantor [Melville House, 2014. 256 pages. Paperback. $13.55] Reviewed by Corey E. Klinzing In a world controlled by fast food companies, Leonard is a Listener (which is future-talk for Customer Service Representative) for Neetsa...
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Nine Rabbits by Virginia Zaharieva [Black Balloon Publishing, 2014.  183 pages. Paperback. $14.00] Reviewed by Alyssa McGrail In Virginia Zaharieva’s debut novel Nine Rabbits we find ourselves in 1960’s Bulgaria, following the life of six-year-old Manda into adulthood. A girl who starts her life in pieces, Manda discovers as...
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Faces in the Crowd Valeria Luiselli [Coffee House Press, 2014. 154 pages. $15.95]   Reviewed by Sarah Stanley   Faces in the Crowd by Valeria Luiselli is a masterfully structured meta-fictional story that crosses the line between fact and fiction, navigating three different timelines and switching between two first-person...