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John Chattin has commented on (7) products.

Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker
Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site

John Chattin, August 6, 2012

Perfect for the little bulldozer and dump truck lover in your house. The verses of “Goodnight, Goodnight, Construction Site” make the rumblings of a drowsy construction site into a soothing story, and the art makes these mighty vehicles cuddly and always worth another look each night. It’s been one of the few bedtime books that has been successful in transitioning a very energetic young boy into quiet time and bed.
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Aerogrammes: And Other Stories by Tania James
Aerogrammes: And Other Stories

John Chattin, June 18, 2012

A beautiful book with embraceable characters. This story collection has lyrical writing, earned emotion, variety and humor, and spot-on characters who are all so true and human in their faults and quirks. Highlights are “’The Scriptological Review’: A Last Letter From the Editor,” which is very funny, and after reading you’ll never look the same at how you put pen to paper; the powerful stories “Escape Key,” and “The Gulf;” and “Lion and Panther In London,” with all its many defining moments of wrestling, figuratively and literally, with one’s family, self, and cultures.
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Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self by Danielle Evans
Before You Suffocate Your Own Fool Self

John Chattin, September 2, 2011

Evans’ writing is so skillfully cool, and the underpinnings of race, class and family are so subtly crafted into her characters, that it’s easy to be swept away by her stories. These stories cut close to the bone -- they’re easy reads, because of the confident and heartfelt writing, but the relationships and identities in the stories are complex. There’s a wide array here of characters and perspectives -- different genders, races, classes -- yet amid all this variety, there are the many shared experiences -- loneliness, love, passion and fear -- that bring these stories, and us all, together.
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How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories by Tiphanie Yanique
How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories

John Chattin, January 31, 2011

Tiphanie Yanique’s collection "How to Escape from a Leper Colony: A Novella and Stories" is experimental in the best sense of the word. The stories may explore a wide-range of terrains (Caribbean and beyond), perspectives and voices, however,they always allow the beautiful complexity of their characters’ inner lives to pulse with emotion. There’s a heart-moving and soul-stirring loneliness throughout the collection, as Yanique’s characters struggle to connect with others, despite how they see, or are seen by, the world.
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The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill
The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break

John Chattin, January 2, 2010

From an imaginative initial concept that the Minotaur is alive and well, working in the kitchen crew of a Southern steak house, Sherrill crafts an entirely convincing and emotionally true tale of working-class heroes and family. We believe in the characters, and we feel for their struggles and dreams, horns and all.
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