The Clothing of Books by Jhumpa Lahiri

In this short essay-in-parts (you can read it in one sitting!), Lahiri explores the relationship between books and their covers. It's utterly fascinating. I'd not given much thought to the nature of book covers beyond "sometimes I like them and sometimes I don't." But with insight and grace, Lahiri proves there's a lot more to... Continue Reading →

Feel Free by Zadie Smith

I have never been much of a reader of essays, and yet in 2018 I have already read eight essay collections and anthologies. Most recently, I finished Zadie Smith's Feel Free, which collects a wide variety of previously published and unpublished essays from the last decade or so. The range of subjects she explores is... Continue Reading →

Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times edited by Carolina De Robertis

Radical Hope is a collection of letters--to ancestors, children, strangers, and friends--written in the wake of the 2016 election. The collection includes work from 31 diverse writers, and their voices represent the best of America. The book is divided into three sections. "Roots" addresses the past, and includes letters mostly written to ancestors, grandparents, and... Continue Reading →

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

This Will Be My Undoing is a powerful blend of memoir, cultural critique, self-reflection, and celebration. Jerkins explores the experience of black girlhood and womanhood through a kaleidoscope of lenses. She writes frankly about sex, relationships, and dating, and the intersection of blackness and womanhood and sexuality. She writes eloquently about the various spaces she's... Continue Reading →

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Smart, fierce, scathing, and revelatory, Bad Feminist is one of those rare books that manages to be fun, funny and serious all at the same time. What I loved most was Gay's examination of contradictions--in herself and what she loves, and in the world at large. She gives herself permission to be a complicated, contradictory, whole,... Continue Reading →

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