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riting reviews is something I love to do. Each review is this delightful, challenging, complex sculpture built on the foundation of someone else’s art. I love the relatively short word limits and the way my brain has to turn inside out to understand what these other writers are working to do. Review-writing sharpens my own writing abilities.”




Penny regularly reviews books for The Quoddy Tides (the easternmost newspaper in the United States!):

  • Time on the Ocean, by Theo Dorgan, January 2015.
  • Love and Fury, by Richard Hoffman, September 2014. 
  • This is Paradise, by Suzanne Strempek Shea, August 2014.
  • Sanctuary of Illness, by Thomas Larson, June 2014.
  • Pigs Can’t Swim, by Helen Peppe, April 2014
  • The Wildlife Friendly Vegetable Gardener, by Tammi Hartung, February 2014
  • Life Among Giants, by Bill Roorbach, December 2013
  • When We Were the Kennedys, by Monica Wood, October 2013.
  • Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel, Aug. 2013.
  • August Gale, by Barbara Walsh, May 2012.
  • This Life Is In Your Hands, by Melissa Coleman, Sept. 2012.

Penny’s reviews have appeared on The Review Review:

Other reviews include:

  • The Wildlife Friendly Vegetable Gardener, by Tammi Hartung, American Gardener Magazine, April 2014.