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Evening In Paradise: More Stories by Lucia Berlin

Recently, BookBrowse sent me a copy of a short story collection by “one of America’s best kept secrets”: Lucia Berlin’s Evening In Paradise: More Stories. Berlin evokes Shirley Jackson (minus the gothic vibes) and Raymond…

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The Carrying by Ada Limón

Ada Limón’s ​The Carrying introduces a deeply personal collection of poems and is recognized as her boldest work yet. Unlike Bright Dead Things, the National Book Award finalist ​which examines the ideals of a youthful…

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Review: Michael Schmidt’s Gilgamesh: The Life of a Poem

LET’S start with a confession: I am a historian and I have never read Gilgamesh. I didn’t read it in graduate school. I didn’t read it in college. I didn’t even read an excerpt in…

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How We Fight For Our Lives by Saeed Jones

“A memoir,” Isabelle Allende once wrote, “is an invitation into someone else’s privacy.” The personal reflections of Saeed Jones in How We Fight For Our Lives thrust the reader into the author’s inner psyche as…

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Review: Yoko Ogawa’s The Memory Police

IF roses, all roses, suddenly disappeared, would your memory of them fade away as if they had never existed? This is the premise of Yoko Ogawa’s compelling dystopian novel, The Memory Police. On an unnamed…

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Review: Death Is Hard Work by Khaled Khalifa

Embroiled in a bloody civil war since 2011, Syria has long been subject to coups, repressive regimes, and state sanctioned surveillance.* Death Is Hard Work, the latest novel from Syrian author Khaled Khalifa, is infused with…

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