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Posts Tagged: review

A Multi-Modal Study of Exquisite Blackness: Krista Franklin’s Too Much Midnight

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In Franklin’s telling, we are not just born, but fervent in our existence.

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A Universe of Enterprising Divas: Raphael Cormack‘s Midnight in Cairo

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In Midnight in Cairo, the lives of the enterprising divas are interlinked.

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The Fractures of Motherhood: Julia Fine’s The Upstairs House

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Like Fine’s uniquely constructed book, being a mom is to be permanently fractured.

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Acts of Love: Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

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Zauner’s memoir is not a performance, but an act of love, including all the dirty little bits that come with it.

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The More Painful Absence: Keema Waterfield’s Inside Passage

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In this lush and raw account, musicians play, voices harmonize and then separate again, town after Alaska town rolls by… and Waterfield searches for home.

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Inner Conversations Projected on a Surface: Bruno K. Öijer’s The Trilogy

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A family’s grief traps generations in a search for insight.

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The Isolation of Millennial Life: Ancco’s Nineteen

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Nineteen is a book that’s by turns smart, sad, and scathing.

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How We Create Ourselves: Second Place by Rachel Cusk

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The voice reaches and reaches at answers to broad questions. Sometimes it pulls back pieces of insight and beauty.

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Scrutinizing the Ties That Bind: Melissa Febos’s Girlhood

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By the end of the collection, Febos has managed to rewrite or erase entirely many parts of the patriarchal script that held her bound.

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Child as Mother to the Woman: Catherine Gammon’s China Blue

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In this book we are taken by all three: language, plot, character.

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The Past Is All We Have: André Aciman’s Homo Irrealis

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Is it not in the warm chambers of the past, after all, that we are immortal, invincible, and alive?

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Panic Mode: The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld

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Cyclical patterns of journalism notwithstanding, Gladstone sees this moment as uniquely concerning.

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Other Stories, Other Lives: Life among the Terranauts by Caitlin Horrocks

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By the time the television cameras arrive, the rest of the world may be surprised, but we’re not.

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To Set Asunder: The Separation and Synthesis of Tiana Nobile’s Cleave

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A word becomes a reckoning, a reconciling of contradiction.

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The Reconstruction of Derrida: Peter Salmon’s An Event, Perhaps

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The key insight is that names, and indeed all boundaries, involve a hierarchy.

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Electric Synthesis: Drakkar Noir by Michael Chang

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Chang’s style imitates internet culture and the patterns of an anxious mind. But there’s also glamour.

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