Category: Books

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

“Amar, I know this will mean nothing to you now. But I do believe that even your father’s God, even He, would forgive you. To know you is to want to let you in.” Family chronicles are the Brittney’s of Literature. They’re everywhere: at every party, on every shelf, adorning

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Genius Foods by Max Lugavere Personally Victimized Me

Unexpected Health Crusader Genius Foods was not the book Max Lugavere expected to write. He was hoping for a Seacrest-esque rise to fame in the first decade of the 2000’s. Majoring in film and psychology, Max went on to host and produce stories for a popular socially conscious TV network. He never

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Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

I swear Anne Tyler was put on this Earth to make me understand passive people. Because I don’t. And Tyler writes them so beautifully. I’m more likely to echo Cloud Dance‘s Denise, who exasperatedly asks Willa (the protagonist), “Why do you go at things slantwise?” She treats Willa (or Macon Leary

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The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead

Cora is on the cusp of womanhood and in the throes of slavery. She is owned by a cliched (yet well drawn by Whitehead) Cruel Crazy Cracker on a plantation in Georgia; utterly alone since her mother escaped, banished to The Hob, a cabin housing slaves that are too sick,

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Trajectory by Richard Russo: Staying In The Canon After #MeToo

Trajectory is Russo’s most classily-named collection of short stories (his previous collection was Whore’s Child). With this work, Richard attempts to distance himself from the famed Newsweek article and his homey roots. “Compare me to (John) Irving?” Russo sneers, “how about some Nadine Gordimer?” We’re going to discuss whether or not Richard succeeds.

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Property by Lionel Shriver: It’s Just…Stuff, Man

Shriver’s Lovely Collection Shriver’s Version Of The Who Sell Out In Lionel Shriver’s first collection of short fiction she delivers a concept album; the theme, stuff. Never one to flounce, Shriver tells us exactly what we’ll be getting in the title of her book: short stories and two novellas about property. Lionel

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