Book Reviews Archive

Collecting Art and Grief in Letters to Camondo

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De Waal pays homage to delicate, restrained elegance of good style, a kind of style that requires keen perception, artisanal knowledge, and sensitivity.

The Purpose of Art in Rachel Cusk’s Second Place

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Cusk's new novel is worth reading for its sharp descriptions and powerful story alone, but it’s the in-depth exploration of the purpose of art that makes the story meaningful.

Crossing Boundaries in Whereabouts

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Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel beautifully showcases the way we experience life: the moments that are most important—the turning points—are often only realized in retrospect.

Curb’s Exploration of American Othering

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Divya Victor’s new collection is a moving critique of the South Asian immigrant experience within post 9/11 America.

Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson

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Caleb Azumah Nelson’s highly anticipated debut celebrates Black art and explores generational trauma.

The Wild Fox of Yemen by Threa Almontaser

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Almontaser’s collection espouses neither sentimental nostalgia nor doomed isolation . . . these poems are poignant and melancholic, sometimes tragic, sometimes hilarious, and always filled with beauty.

All the Roads Are Open by Annemarie Schwarzenbach

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For Schwarzenbach, travel is more than geographical—it’s a psychological and introspective undertaking, as well as an intimate metaphor of living and becoming, especially for an androgynous woman who breaks boundaries and social taboos.

Eat the Mouth That Feeds You by Carribean Fragoza

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In her debut collection, Fragoza imagines a world where patriarchy can be eradicated and finds beauty in how Chicanx women come together.

The Twilight Zone by Nona Fernandez

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In her new novel, Nona Fernandez delves into the fluctuations of memory, highlighting the media and society’s role in what we remember.

Love Like That by Emma Duffy-Comparone

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Emma Duffy-Comparone’s debut refuses to shield the reader from unsavory elements of a story.