RaveBooklistMooallem brings together the best of his journalistic essays to create an intellectually moving collection. Together, the survival stories and treatises on environmental and social traumas offer a meditation on how various systems...cause and exacerbate problems with sometimes devastating and irreversible results ... lso included are his signature deep dives into idiosyncratic lives, from a man who created his own museum to a pigeon-based Ponzi scheme and a fervent community inspired by clouds. Readers will laugh and tear up as Mooallem makes us care about his subjects and feel better off for knowing their stories.
Natalie Eve Garrett
RaveBooklistAbsolute must-read ... Serving at once as a how-to, therapy, and a literary companion, this collection will bring light to readers.
PositiveBooklistInventive and charming ... Kohda has created a provocative, sympathetic, and satisfying dive into the mind of an unusual young woman at a crossroads.
PositiveBooklistTransitions and growing pains are the themes in this debut novel ... Kazbek’s characters escape into books, drinking, and the meaning of songs, while the chapters are interspersed with a Russian fairy tale...which brings a bit of the fantastical to Mitya’s otherwise troublesome reality.
Megan Mayhew Bergman
RaveBooklist[A] new and compelling short story collection in which the past and present are in constant communication, weaving the intricate ties between families and lovers and their hopes and disappointments ... Ultimately, these are stories you want to live in, uninhabitable as they may be for the characters. In a collection perfectly suited for our moment, Bergman examines what remains of what was given to us and suggests how we might move on as the world continues to change around us.
Elaine Hsieh Chou
RaveBooklist... engaging, humorous, and biting ... Chou’s distinct, self-effacing voice makes for a fun ride into a highly charged realm, with a plot that naturally escalates as she looks into various claims about truth in art, who appropriates whom, the limits of allyship, and how we gaslight ourselves in order to accept everyday racial horrors. The narration includes news articles, research excerpts, ransom notes, and even one highly comical courtroom-transcript version of Ingrid’s inner monologue. Overall, Chou reflects a world that’s complex and entertaining, one that will leave readers with a renewed perspective.