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Habiburahman’s First, They Erased Our Name

TEN years ago I volunteered as an English as a Foreign Language tutor for a refugee resettlement agency in central Pennsylvania. During that time I worked with a Christian Karen family from south-eastern Myanmar*: father,…

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New Releases: Get Ready for Hot Takes

Every now and then, a book drops that dominates the literary landscape. Sometimes they are highly anticipated releases of noteworthy fiction, other times a new book about a life or even cookbooks that highlight a…

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The Cockroach by Ian McEwan

In a spin on Franz Kafka’s ‘The Metamorphosis,’ Booker-Prize winning author Ian McEwan has created a world in which a cockroach has transitioned into a man, and this man has the control of the British…

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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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New Releases 11/12/19

This is a big week for LGBT releases. Also new literature on cultural appropriation, the state of Trump, the Pentagon and the environment (and Greta!), a 2019 Economics Nobel Prize Winner and some new history…

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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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New Releases – November 5th, 2019

We will be periodically updating the blog with new releases in all genres – all the following were released November 5th and are available now in the shop! Non-Fiction This Land Is Their Land –…

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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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