In the early afternoon of September 11, 2001, approximately 1:30, I boarded a ferry named Carthage in Tunis, Tunisia headed for Marseille, France. The same ferry can be seen in the film Love Actually, in the background when Colin Firths character (Jamie) drops Lucia Monizs character (Aurélia) off for the last time. As I went through the security check, I hoped my cheerful disposition and appearance as a white, privileged, American backpacker would shield me from a deeper inspection as my bag contained two Berber daggers that I purchased in a bazaar for friends back home. I smiled, my passport was stamped, and I wasnt given a second look.
In her own words, Seuss describes frank: sonnets as a memoir in a string of sonnets, an ambitious project that challenges notions of what an individual sonnet or sonnet sequence can contain.
At first pass, these two novels have little in common, but there are some parallels. Both are about a process of change, a shift into adulthood, and the sharp and difficult journey that can be for many of us.
It is a necessary book. This is first what I will say. It is flawed and of astonishing cultural significance and among the finest writing of her career.
Lauren Groffs latest novel Matrix is a lyrical blend of historical fiction and myth-making that takes place in a nunnery during the mid-12th and early 13th centuries, the time of the Crusades.
Heather McGhee, in her book The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, nobly aspires to a brighter American future of a functioning multiracial democracy through the use of a shopworn Enlightenment trickrational evidence-based appeals to material self-interest.
Poet, award-winning translator, and editor Paul Vangelistis latest book of poetry, Liquid Prisoner, is a stunning achievement.
In Bewilderment Richard Powers's mastery strikes a new vein, and while the takeaway by no means lacks in smarts or artistry, it makes a swift and easy read, glittering with timeless story elements; it raises goosebumps and breaks our hearts.
Winner of Persea Books Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize, Sarah Matthess first collection of poems, Town Crier, is nothing short of revelatory.
Anthony Veasna Sos highly anticipated debut story collection Afterparties is an engaging, funny, and often loving portrait of the Khmer and Khmer American community in and around Stockton, California.