Category: Book Reviews

  • Barrett Review

    So very thrilled to have a book blurb from one of my favorite authors!   “In Mary Akers’ stories, as complexly intertwined as the branches of a coral reef, her passionate characters engage both each other and a richly detailed, vital physical world. An impressive achievement.” –Andrea Barrett, author of Archangel and Ship Fever, winner of the National…

  • Review of SERENA by Ron Rash

    In the opening scene of Ron Rash’s excellent new novel Serena, George Pemberton, ruthless and land-hungry timber baron, returns by train to his holdings near Asheville, NC in 1929, with Serena, his wife of two days, in tow. There to meet them at the station are Rachel Harmon—a former camp employee who is carrying Pemberton’s…

  • Mid-American Review reviews Women Up On Blocks

    Mid-American ReviewVolume XXIX, Number 2(Reproduced with permission.) Women Up On Blocks: Stories by Mary Akers. Winston-Salem, North Carolina: Press 53, 2009. 160 pages. $14.00, paper. The publisher’s note to Mary Akers’ debut collection of short stories describes it as an exploration of “the price women pay when they allow the roles of wife, mother, daughter,…

  • Author Exposure Review

    I just came across an amazing, generous and thorough review of my short story collection by Joan Hanna over at Author Exposure. What a gift! I *heart* readers. (Check out Joan’s blog and read some of her lovely lyrical poetry there.) Excerpt: “The women in these thirteen short stories will resonate with you long after…

  • Foreword Magazine

    Foreword Magazine has given One Life to Give an excellent, generous review. Thank you, Foreword!!

  • Review for One Life to Give

    Thanks so much to Clifford Garstang over at Perpetual Folly for the kind review of One Life to Give!

  • New Review for Women Up On Blocks

    Can be read here at an interesting new blog devoted exclusively to book reviews. Here’s an excerpt: “WOMEN UP ON BLOCKS–The title itself conjures a powerful image. Set aside the immediate mental flash of stirrups and invasive annual examination. Look at the cover art (good shoes) because in this case you can judge a book…

  • The Short Review

    I’m honored and thrilled to have my short story collection Women Up On Blocks reviewed at an excellent website devoted exclusively to the literary short form. The Short Review

  • Review for Women Up On Blocks

    Katrina Denza offers a wonderful, generous review of Women Up On Blocks at her blog Illuminate, Ruminate, Create.

  • Review of Women Up On Blocks

    I am thrilled to have a most excellent review (my first!) appear in the Winston-Salem Journal for my short story collection Women Up On Blocks. You can read it (pretty please?) here. Yippee!!