Orwell's Roses, by Rebecca Solnit
October 21, 2021 Rebecca Solnit's latest is a deeply political collection of interlinked essays, of which George Orwell is a part but not the whole; one of its joys is its unexpected turns from one topic to the next.
May 20, 2021 Claire Fuller's beautifully written new novel follows 51-year-old twins who never left home, forced finally to cope with the outside world and some unpleasant family secrets after their mother dies.
The Haunting of Alma Fielding: A True Ghost Story, by Kate Summerscale
April 28, 2021 In 1938, a housewife went to the press complaining of a poltergeist in her home — and a ghost hunter investigated. Kate Summerscale's true tale is about women and power, anxiety, and choices.
Leaving Isn't the Hardest Thing: Essays, Lauren Hough
April 15, 2021 Essay after essay, it becomes clear that writer Lauren Hough is drawing parallels between the Family and good ol' fashioned American Exceptionalism in all its various facets.
April 8, 2021 Sanjena Sathian's novel follows a Georgia teenager, son of Indian immigrants, as he struggles with balancing his own ambitions and those of his parents, and finding his own way to be brown in America.
Girlhood, by Melissa Febos
March 30, 2021 Though author Melissa Febos' essays dip into her adult life, they keep trying to find the child and teenager that she was — how she learned to be, feel, believe, and react.
Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York, by Elon Green
March 9, 2021 The victims of the man dubbed the "Last Call Killer" were all gay men; Elon Green tries to shine a light onto their complicated lives, the messiness of who they were, and an era of queer life in NYC.
White Freedom: The Racial History of an Idea, by Tyler Stovall
Princeton University Press
January 20, 2021 Tyler Stovall writes white freedom is "the belief (and practice) that freedom is central to white racial identity, and that only white people can or should be free" — noting nations were built on it.
Aftershocks: A Memoir, by Nadia Owusu
Simon & Schuster
January 13, 2021 Writer Nadia Owusu has lived many lives. Her nonlinear memoir, centered on the idea of physical and metaphorical earthquakes, is about all of the parts of what is her single, complex life.
September 30, 2020 K-Ming Chang's debut novel is full of mythical beasts that roam through the lineage and the stories of a Chinese family in Arkansas, stories that come alive and help them endure pain and trauma.
Tomboyland: Essays, by Melissa Faliveno
August 6, 2020 Throughout her essays, Melissa Faliveno is constantly straddling blurry lines, never willing to let any of her topics lie comfortably still, always turning them over to look at another facet.
The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, by Adrian Tomine
Drawn and Quarterly
July 25, 2020 In framing Tomine's life trajectory via professional and personal setbacks and moments of mortification, The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist becomes mesmerizing, funny, and deeply honest.
Strung Out: One Last Hit and Other Lies That Nearly Killed Me, by Erin Khar
February 28, 2020 Erin Khar's son, at 12, asked her if she'd ever used drugs; this book is her answer: "When we write the truth, when we write about our experiences, we reflect back what it means to be a human being."
February 12, 2020 Amber Sparks' new story collection is full of vivid language, compelling imagery, sharp wit and tenderness; many of the pieces also share a thread of anger in their treatment of the patriarchy.
February 8, 2020 Ben Okri's new novel begins with a prison, which preoccupies his characters — where is it? What is it? Who's in it? It's a deceptively simple read that wrestles with deep questions about humanity.