Tag: book reviews

  • Book Review: Enough – A Memoir of Mistakes, Mania, and Motherhood

    Book Review: Enough – A Memoir of Mistakes, Mania, and Motherhood

    A powerful memoir that confronts the scars of sexual abuse, familial separation, and mental illness as the author emerges into motherhood. Content warning: bipolar disorder, rape, relationship abuse, substance abuse, suicidal ideation. The word “enough,” when attached to certain situations, can leave one feeling either unfulfilled or perfectly content. In the span of one person’s […]

  • Book Review: “This World is Not Your Home”

    Book Review: “This World is Not Your Home”

    An adventurous thought journey of a former Seventh Day Adventist-turned-Episcopalian’s pivotal musings on faith, family, and survival. In this collection of essays, stories, and reports, essayist and fiction writer Matthew Vollmer treats his latest assemblage like an astronomical map, charting out the steps from his past to trace the trajectories of things to come. Vollmer […]

  • Book Review: Mikołaj Grynberg and the Inheritance of Oppression

    Book Review: Mikołaj Grynberg and the Inheritance of Oppression

    Reading Mikołaj Grynberg in a time of war. “We have jokes because we haven’t got any hope. But we sure know how to laugh, don’t you think?” UNKNOWN Polish photographer and oral historian Mikołaj Grynberg emerges into the English publishing space with his collection of short stories inspired by the stories of Polish Jews across […]

  • Book Review: Judgment Day & Other White Lies

    Book Review: Judgment Day & Other White Lies

    A sharp-edged collected fiction on American values that blends the certainty of mythology with the horrors of distorted revisionist history. Judgment Day takes the shape of seven stories ranging in form, reality, and aspects of Greek mythology to illustrate how tragedy becomes desensitized for our cast of narrators and contributing witnesses. Some stories here use the […]

  • Book Review: The dying breed of the cycling courier

    Book Review: The dying breed of the cycling courier

    “You’ve Got the Gig!” shares what life really looks like when you push your body to the limits to survive in the gig economy. You’ve Got the Gig!: 100,000 Miles as a Cycle courier in the Gig Economy chronicles the span of Ryan Murphy’s tenure as a cycling courier for Deliveroo in England. His origin story […]

  • The end of capitalism is (or should be) nigh

    The end of capitalism is (or should be) nigh

    A comprehensive guide to addressing the flaws of contemporary capitalism and its relationship to climate change. Is it possible to be…practically hopeful for our future? If so, then Kit Webster’s work here sums up what that might look like. As we move into the third decade of the millennium, we have begun to see the ramifications […]

  • Book Review: The stinging reality of Black Buck

    Book Review: The stinging reality of Black Buck

    In this contemporary moment, “Black Buck” has now come to mean a person of color who stands as a leader of revolutionary defiance against the white American will.

  • “Reader, I married…my book.”

    “Reader, I married…my book.”

    On reading Praying with Jane Eyre as a sacred text. Dearest reader, Have you ever read or owned a book—or series—that, when the weather hits just right, or the anniversary of when this book first meant something more to you looms near, you pick up for the hundredth time in its lifespan on your shelf […]

  • Book Review Roundup: Summer Edition (July-August)

    Hi again! As promised, here’s part two of my summer book review roundup. This group includes a wider range of genres and topics that I didn’t get to cover last time, from realist fiction to personal essay; lyric essay to fictional satire; and from travel writing to immigrant narratives. I’m curious to hear which ones […]

  • Book Review Roundup: Post-Grad Edition (May-June)

    It’s been a minute. What happened? I graduated from grad school, finished writing my thesis (a whole BOOK!), and published my last issue with a literary journal that I love very much. Now, I’m taking a break to focus on my one true love (hint: it’s reading). Below is another short roundup of books I […]