About the Site

The #2 book blog to follow in 2020, according to Scribendi, and a top book reviewer as recommended by Reedsy. This is a site for literary criticism. It primarily contains book reviews that first appeared on my Goodreads account; these pieces can be accessed via the REVIEW INDEX on the site’s sidebar, divided into “fiction,” “poetry,” “drama,” “nonfiction,” and “comics” categories. Because I aim to make my essays useful to those who want interpretations of literary works rather than just evaluations, I do not avoid spoilers. Non-review essays about writing, culture, and other matters may also appear. You can expect about a review per week.  If you are a student who would like to reference one of my pieces in an academic essay and aren’t sure how, please see the post “How to Cite This Site.” I cannot accept unsolicited review copies at this time.

About the Author

John Pistelli was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he teaches courses in literature and culture. He holds a Ph.D. in English literature from the University of Minnesota. He is the author of the novel Portraits and Ashes and the novella The Ecstasy of Michaela. His fiction, essays, and poetry have appeared in Rain Taxi, New Walk, Ragnarok, The Millions, The Legendary, Whole Beast Rag, Revolver, The Squawk Back, Winter Tangerine Review, Atomic, The Stockholm Review, The Harpoon Review, Muse A Journal, The Amaranth Review, Five2One, and elsewhere. His short story “How People Live” won Honorable Mention in the Glimmer Train May 2012 Short Story Award for New Writers. He can be contacted at johnppistelli at gmail.com, and also found on Goodreads and Tumblr. If you would like to support his work, you might please buy, read, and review Portraits and Ashes or The Ecstasy of Michaela (or even just pledge via email to exchange a free ebook for an honest public review).