RaveThe Toronto Star (CAN)With whiplash narrative drive this meticulously researched account of Keller’s legacy clarifies the lifelong commitment of a progressive radical whose social justice advocacy remains timeless. It’s an essential read that shifts the well-worn tale of one of the 20th century’s most intrepid figures.
RaveThe Toronto Star (CAN)... an irresistible romp through 1920s Paris ... vibrant prose as beguiling as Kiki herself ... Braude’s exuberant, absorbing biography stands Kiki at the \'white-hot center\' of 1920s Montparnasse, reclaiming her rightful place.
RaveToronto Star (CA)\"This time, through five long letters, she vibrantly imagines conversations with her father Ahmad ... Nafisi engages in an emotionally intimate correspondence grounded in a close reading of literature that wrestles with tyranny; seeking comfort in stories, the talismans she has always considered her \'portable home\' ... Great books, as Nafisi rightly claims, \'reflect and transcend the prejudices of the author as well as their time and place.\' Count this one among them.
Shirley Jackson, Ed. by Laurence Jackson Hyman
RaveToronto Star (CAN)It’s an engrossing collection of nearly 300 letters ... Jackson considered letter writing an art as well as a form of communication. In these, her own voice shines through, and, as Laurence adds, \'her natural ways of phrasing, and pausing, her choice of words and inflection\' are as indelible. Reading the book is \'like entering a time machine and setting the date on the dial, instantly to be transported to a day in, say, 1939 or 1950, or 1963\' ... The long, rambling letters Jackson wrote in place of conversation are glorious additions to her oeuvre. They are intimate, invigorating, essential.
RaveToronto Star (CAN)This resplendent debut novel, inspired by the life and work of trans icon Dr. James Miranda Barry, is sure to create lively discussion about the legacy of this prominent early 19th century physician ... Sumptuous careful prose, particularly affecting about Perry’s vocation.