Book review: Notes on a Banana, a memoir by David Leite

Book review by Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Prepare one large stack of index cards, each containing the memory of a significant life event, its date and the author’s age at the time in one corner. Arrange the cards in chronological order. Mix in three themes—food, love and bipolar disorder—and stir gently. Skim off those cards that don’t blend well, and serve with humor, courage and poignant epiphany.


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Book review: Goosestep by Harold Jaffe

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

While a tide of new political activists is frothing across the nation, one seasoned revolutionary is quietly practicing his decades-long resistance in Mission Hills. Harold Jaffe, author and SDSU professor, continues his quest to challenge popular perception in his 24th book, Goosestep: Fictions and Docufictions (Journal of Experimental Fiction Books, November 2016).


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Interview with Re Jane author Patricia Park

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

When novelist Patricia Park set out to write Re Jane, she wanted to re-write Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s classic. The latter’s Jane was published in Victorian 1847 and set in the Georgian era. Neither time period offered women many options other than marriage. Park’s Jane was first published in 2015, when women had a multitude of options, if not equality.


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