Nonfiction Archive

The Promise of Failure by John McNally

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McNally is a kind companion who mines his own seasons of discouragement to offer others reasons to persist.

The Terrible by Yrsa Daley-Ward

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We don’t just grow up with Daley-Ward in this memoir—we grow up with the terrible as well. It is a haunting presence in her life, perhaps an imaginary friend. It is cruel, toxic, impossible to get rid off.

The Art of the Wasted Day by Patricia Hampl

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Hampl has been writing at the intersection of memoir and essay for most of her life. Now, displaying a heightened partnership of experience and reflection, she revisits people and events with insight produced by leisure and the ostensibly wasted day.

The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath by Leslie Jamison

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The Recovering isn’t Jamison’s attempt to revive her narrative instincts, which she fears sobriety has flatlined. Instead, it is an embrace of the hard-learned revised instincts Jamison has developed because of recovery.

Social Theory After the Internet: Media, Technology, and Globalization by Ralph Schroeder

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Social Theory after the Internet cuts across various disciplines and through different media systems to propose a new theory for the internet’s role in social life.

The Undressing by Li-Young Lee

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Lee is clearly wary of the limits of language. Perhaps this is why his language in this collection is so syncretic, so wildly alive and allusive with references to anime, science fiction, the Hebrew Bible, Gnosticism, Shakespeare, and hip hop.

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

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Feel Free is an excellent place to find one of the best contemporary writers writing at her best.

A Gift from Darkness by Patience Ibrahim and Andrea C. Hoffman

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A Gift from Darkness: How I Escaped with my Daughter from Boko Haram is a powerful and moving tale of female resilience. Patience Ibrahim, who was kidnapped by Boko Haram twice, tells her survival tale to Andrea C. Hoffman, journalist and author of The Girl Who Beat ISIS.

Review: MEMORY LANDS by Christine M. DeLucia and OUR BELOVED KIN by Lisa Brooks

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We might consider that, in twenty-first century America, we continue to live in the shadows of King Philip’s War. Both DeLucia and Brooks have given us important new frameworks through which to explore the wider nature of those shadows.

Review: NOMADLAND by Jessica Bruder

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Through folk meet-ups and underground websites, Amazon seasonal packing facilities and middle American ghost towns, Bruder’s book peers into the heart of the modern American housing crisis and lifts the curtain on the forgotten multitudes hiding in plain sight.