Phillip Gaber

Review: Between Eden and The Open Road

Today I’m going to be reviewing a collection of prose and poetry I recently finished called, Between Eden and The Open Road by Phillip Garber.

ImageHonestly, when picking up the book, and judging it’s cover, I had no idea what to expect from this book. The cover leads you to religious path, with the lone tree and the fallen apple, but DO NOT judge this book by it’s cover, or else you’ll be missing a hilarious, truthful collection of insightful prose and poetry.

This collection is a wild ride. I would suggest that a man would be the target audience for this collection, because sometimes women have trouble diving into books which are written in a male narrator voice, but don’t let that stop you. If you do, I think you’ll regret it.

The self-effacing humor that’s used in some of the poems is beautiful, the interactions are real, and raw and interesting. So many times in life, I think we’ve all met people and gone through similar experiences that happen to the narrators of the poems.

This collection deals in complex thoughts and issues, but presents them in simple ways: conversations, phone calls, first dates, and family dinners are just some of the ways we view life through this window. It reaches out and grabs you, and brings you in to these situations to be able to see the humor, and sometimes the pain, behind people’s stories.

This collection is meant to make you laugh, but it’s also, I believe meant to make you think, to make you look more closely at the world around, and more closely at yourself. The author grasp of poetry, his perfect brevity and sense of words and meanings, and overall writing is beautiful. He paints perfect pictures on the page for us to read and love.

I am glad to have this book on my shelves  next to my other poetry collections. It stands on it’s own for poetry lovers and non poetry lovers alike. You need to take this wild ride into the world that resides “Between Eden and the Open Road”.

About the Author:


Philip Gaber spends the majority of his day attempting to reconcile differences between his conscious and subconscious. In his spare time he tries not to drift around his community as an invisible spirit or juggle more than a handful of moral dilemmas at a time. He currently lives and work in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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***I was given a free copy of this collection in return for an honest and truthful view.

Weekly Round Up – The Help, Between Eden and The Open Road, and King Hall!

So, as it’s Friday, and the end of my work week, I figured I’d round up some of the books I recently finished and love, some of the books I’ve started and some of the books I’m excited to start reading! 🙂

Books I’ve read this week:

1. The Entire Fallen Trilogy by Lauren Kate (Yes, I became addicted and couldn’t help it, you start with the first book in this series, and I promise you, it will snowball, and you’ll want to read them all, which I have, this week. Hence the lack of posting)

2. Entwined With You by Sylvia Day (Yes, I know, mainstream romance novel at it’s finest, but I honestly can’t help reading books that are on some best seller list, I always feel like if I don’t read them, I’ve never have anything to bring up in conversation.)

3. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (I’m reading this along with one other book, Marked by P.C Cast & Kirsten Cast for my book club, I’ve previously read Marked and loved it and it’s series, but never read the The Help. I can honestly say I loved this book, and it kept me on the edge of my seat because you really pull for these characters)

Book’s I’ve Started and am in Love with!

1. Between Eden and The Open Road by Phillip Gaber – This book is great, I expected a novel, but what I got was an outstanding collection of prose and poetry, I’m more then 3/4 through this book, but I can honestly say the disaffecting tone in this poetry collection is refreshing and honest. I enjoy reading it because it feels truthful, gritty and real. It’s a great collection!

2. The Ashtray Volume 1 by Joan W Jones, Nicole Diver, Elizabeth Luna– This is a collection of short stories, firmly rooted in real life, and the things that you can experience in the bar scene and life in general in your college years and beyond. The voices of these authors are clear, beautiful and haunting. The book is outstandingly simple and complex at the same time, and the illustrations through the book really bring something extra to the table, I cannot wait to finish this book and give a full review, because I’m sure a lot of people will be eager to read this.

Book’s I’m excited to Start!

25 Perfect Days by Mark Tullis – This is a collection of poetry set in the distopian future, and mixing in religious and other things that have lead out civilization to where it currently resides in these poems. I’ve been waiting to finish my other poetry collection in order to start this one! So excited!

2. King Hall by Scarlett Dawn – This book looks amazing, and I’ve super exciting to have ARC in order to review it, because it it just up my alley. Supernatural, romance, vampires, shifters! It’s got everything a fantasy lover like myself could want in one book! 🙂