Book Reviews Archive
Jesmyn Ward introduces The Fire This Time, an anthology of essays and poems of witness and dissent, by expressing her own commingled dismay and hope regarding race relations in America. This book, she says, gathers “the great thinkers and extraordinary voices” of her generation to consider racism, both subtle
Melissa Yancy’s debut story collection, Dog Years, is an exploration into the intersection between our public and private selves. Each of the nine stories follows a central protagonist who is navigating the world, often uneasily and unsuccessfully, trying hard to figure out how to create a life with fewer
Genre, in a post-Dylan-won-the-Nobel world, is worth considering on a variety of levels, and often when people hear “chapbook,” they assume automatically the speaker means a short collection of poetry. Publishers, though, also print chapbooks of prose.
Though it asks the questions, Here I Am is not here to answer inquiries, eschewing easy answers or clean endings. It may not be a manual for life, but it is a way of locating oneself in the world.
This election season is no joke. At times, this world can feel grim as the weather grows cold and the nights grow long. Pick up one of these necessary books to guide you through the end of 2016 with heart, honesty, and compassion.
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Angela Duckworth Scribner, May 2016 354 pp, $28 Buy: hardcover | eBook Reviewed by Aaron Sommers There’s a new teacher’s pet in class. It’s not the newest, most scientific standardized test to measure student achievement. It has nothing to do with
Throwback Book Thursday is a series that highlights classic texts commonly assigned to students that should absolutely be revisited and savored once you’re an adult. This month’s selection is The Lottery & Let Me Tell You by Shirley Jackson.
Depicting his time as a “patient” in the ex-gay therapy program known as Love in Action (LIA), Garrard Conley’s Boy Erased opens in a way that reminds me, eerily, of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.
Through the detritus of the Qaddafi regime's collapse, Matar digs with a singular purpose: to return to his homeland and find any answers to the ultimate fate of his father.
Sometimes, place is an obvious theme or motif in a work, while other times it informs a work in a subtler but still necessary way.