Fiction - Anthology
288 Pages
Reviewed on 03/24/2023
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Author Biography

“Perception” Team: Different Leaves, Same Root - consists of sixteen talented artists all coming together to create an anthology collection containing: poetry, prose, short stories, photography, and illustrations with the purpose to break down the rigid boundaries of what is known as art.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jamie Michele for Readers' Favorite

Perception by J.A. McGovern and the Perception Team is a compilation of original work that covers a vast array of topics and diversity in media styles. While McGovern has collated the pieces into a single volume and has made sharing it possible, and accessible to the public, the contributors whose work is included are multiple. Each piece is unique and while collaboratively they absolutely fit together beautifully, they are completely individual, which means the book can be consumed with each piece as a stand-alone. This allows for a comfortable and full digestion. Examples of the work include, but are definitely not limited to, a comic strip style piece called Taking Responsibility where a young child is attempting to sway their father's opinion with hilarious, albeit flawed, rationale; a simple full-color photograph called A Memory of Friends that cryptically depicts a set of footprints in rocky soil; and the poem Why Me? wherein the narrator laments being the receptacle for others' emotional garbage and is unable to understand why it happens to begin with.

Perception is one of those books that when you're scrolling through a grid of covers you look at and think, “Huh. What is this?” You then read the blurb and think the same thing. And then you open the book and flip through, and you know you just need to sit down and take it in. J.A. McGovern and the Perception Team are wildly talented and it really shows. I love how the work moves between different styles of iconography, the standout being a sketch of a woman of color who is rippling with muscles, strong and so obviously confident in Activation Zero. I was most touched by the short but incredibly poignant Birthmarks, which describe the scars on a body and the first time they are shared with another, and what they mean to the bearer. I was most able to relate to a black and white photograph called An Artist's Love, which unapologetically shows a mass spread of tins and cans and brushes, crumpled paper and bottles of of the trade, a trade we truly do love. Very highly recommended.

Connie McGovern

Such a wonderful read!!! So proud of my husband and his entire team for their dedication to their work and efforts. With hard work and determination, anything is possible - this is a project which proves this!!! Love and congratulations to you all!!!

Christina Blanco

Such an amazing accomplishment by such talent! Congratulations!!!

Ashley Green

I remember talking to Joe about this project when he was working with me at UPenn Medicine - this is so wonderful! Congratulations you guys!!!!!

Clark Schaefer

I've been following your filmmaking work for years now and to see you branch off into the literary world is so exciting!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS to you and your team!!!!!!! I want to read this book!!!!!!!!

Joseph McGovern/J.A. McGovern

My team and I would like to thank Readers Favorite and everyone for the love and support, we truly appreciate it!

Please see below the entire “Perception” Team - Different Leaves, Same Root:


J.A. McGovern, K.G. McLaughlin, Alex Garcia, Kairi Suswell, Nicholas Raspanti, Zachary Grubb, Marcus A. Hayes, R.S. Flores-Drennen, Yannick Wallace, Ashley Lynn Pavone, Christopher Dunn, Jr., Zander Donaldson Calomeni Tippett, Colleen Laura Tozer, and Ariama Long


Keaton Shane Nahan and David E. Nahan


Christopher Lee


Keaton Shane Nahan


J.A. McGovern, K.G. McLaughlin, Alex Garcia, Zander Donaldson Calomeni Tippett, Kairi Suswell, Olivia Marcinka, Ariama Long, R.S. Flores-Drennen, Cherise Bell, and La-Riese Eldridge


Very cool! I wanna check this one out for sure. cool review

Kyle Weston

I love this review! Extraordinary Achievement everyone!!!!