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A Breathtaking and Terrifying Expanse: Quan Barry’s When I’m Gone, Look for Me in the East

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“The distances are staggering. It could take you an hour to drive to a spot on the edge of the horizon, yet that spot feels like it’s just within reach,” Barry writes. “This is what it means to live on the steppe. There are no walls between you and nature. You are nature.”

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Defying Gravity: Ryka Aoki’s Light from Uncommon Stars

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This book is disarmingly—in fact, unnervingly—amoral.

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How to Watch While Being Watched: Aisha Sabatini Sloan’s Borealis

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The experience, rather than linear, is borealian.

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Our Recognizable, Difficult, Earthly Kingdom: Such Color by Tracy K. Smith

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Composition here becomes a process of discernment rather than pure creation.

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Long Live the Book: Jessica Pressman’s Bookishness

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It opens a field of inquiry that stretches to the far corners of culture.

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Woven Fibers and Broken Threads: Katherine Agyemaa Agard’s of colour

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To be imbricated in hundreds of years of colonial violence is to be entangled in colorist logics and stories of loss and belonging that are rarely linear or singular.

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Startling Juxtapositions: Pilot Impostor by James Hannaham

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Hannaham reserves his most vivifying language for planes and crashes.

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Laughing Through It: Emily Austin’s Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be Dead

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Morbid humor exists for a reason: to poke fun at our inevitable ends and lighten its emotional load.

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How It Would Feel to Be Free: Olivia Laing’s Everybody

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Pleasures and possibilities, though, come hard-won in this book.

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Writing from the Bottom: Active Reception by Noah Ross

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Active Reception writes into the place where language fails.

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An Elaborately Constructed Artifice: Maxwell’s Demon by Steven Hall

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Slipstream may as well be what we call our bewilderment.

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Bringing to Light: A Gathering and Tethering of Memory in Darla Himeles’s Cleave

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Poems echo, rebound, and speak to one another.

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The Trauma of Surviving: Tastes Like War by Grace M. Cho

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Amid all this survival, Cho carries the reader through with the comfort of food.

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Bright Buoy, Dark Sea: Kelli Russell Agodon’s Dialogues with Rising Tides

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Like a buoy, Agodon’s poems rise above and go below the surface.

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Wow, Mom!: Mom Genes by Abigail Tucker

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The best books I have read about motherhood have not reassured me that these feelings will resolve.

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Projective Wonder: Imagine Us, the Swarm by Muriel Leung

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The individual and the crowd might prove as false a binary as anything else, even that [perforated] line sketched between poetry and prose.

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Creating a Fractured Whole: Megan Culhane Galbraith’s The Guild of the Infant Saviour

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To have lost, found, and then lost again seems especially wrenching, a kind of unmothering.

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Birth Stories: Kendra DeColo’s I Am Not Trying to Hide My Hungers from the World

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The speaker is both ruthlessly in her body and simultaneously elsewhere.

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To Start Again in a Different Place: Jhumpa Lahiri’s Whereabouts

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These are the terms Lahiri was trying to, seeking to find in Italian: this is her creed as a fiction writer.

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