The Rumpus Book Reviews: March 2020

By The Rumpus

By The Rumpus

Costalegre: A Novel Inspired by Peggy Guggenheim and Her Daughter

Courtney Maum

$19.95 $18.35

"In COSTALEGRE, Maum warns us about the threat of concentrated power, and by extension, the threat of wealth on freedom and art." – reviewed by Ian MacAllen

Bodega: Poems

Su Hwang

$16.00 $14.72

"BODEGA is one of the most experimental and ambitious projects that I have encountered." – reviewed by Emily Kim


Hilary Leichter

$16.95 $15.59

"TEMPORARY is for anyone who has collected thousands of data points for social media analytics without being invited to the debrief meeting and doesn’t make enough money to pay half the rent on their city apartment." – reviewed by Leah Gaus

Life of the Party: Poems

Olivia Gatwood

$17.00 $15.64

"In its main project, Life of the Party traces a genealogy of fear, but the book also illuminates the many other vents of the heart: its capacity for love and anger, and the potency of these and other feelings for shaping and describing the world." – reviewed by Michal Zechariah

Too Much: How Victorian Constraints Still Bind Women Today

Rachel Vorona Cote

$19.98 $18.38

"In chapters that combine rigorous research with illuminating renderings of Cote’s personal struggles with too muchness—a term Cote first stumbled across in Lewis Carroll’s ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND—this book is like a best friend who inspires you to read more if only to keep pace with her intellect." – reviewed by Sara Petersen

Pretty Bitches: On Being Called Crazy, Angry, Bossy, Frumpy, Feisty, and All the Other Words That Are Used to Undermine Women

Lizzie Skurnick

$28.00 $25.76

"Many essays in PRETTY BITCHES provide catharsis by simply giving voice to the ways in which a particular word might bind women." – reviewed by Sara Petersen

Postcolonial Love Poem: Poems

Natalie Diaz

$16.00 $14.72

"This is stunning work—painful, embodied, and glorious. This is a creation myth which won’t be denied or drowned out. This is a body we will never turn away from—awestruck-beloved-eaten-shot-killed-stampeded by animals-made of rivers and stars." – reviewed by Gillian Neimark

Every Writer Has a Thousand Faces (10th Anniversary Edition, Revised)

David Biespiel


"Biespiel offers a number of best practices—not just for writing poems, but for living a creative life." – reviewed by Wesley Sexton