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Lost in Summerland

by Peter Dabbene

Barrett Swanson’s eloquent book "Lost in Summerland" combines personal essays, journalism, and travelogues into a memorable collection. The book opens with “Notes from a Last Man,” which at first seems to be an essay about spending... Read More

Book Review

Dead Serious

by Rachel Jagareski

Clever prose and gifted storytelling enliven Eli J. Knapp’s "Dead Serious", a weighty book about how species are being steamrolled toward extinction that nonetheless argues that a better future is possible. Knapp, a self-branded... Read More

Book Review

Migratory Birds

by Julia Rittenberg

Part memoir, part history, and part travelogue, "Migratory Birds" explores the vicissitudes of language. Mariana Oliver touches down in various times and places, showing how people described their difficulties there and then, and... Read More

Book Review

Besharam

by Meredith Grahl Counts

Feminist lawyer Priya-Alika Elias’s excellent essay collection "Besharam" explores modern womanhood in two nations. Elias grew up in India, came to the US for college and law school, and returned to India. Her strong, engaging voice... Read More

Book Review

White Space

by Rebecca Hussey

Structured around a life-changing trip to Guatemala, Jennifer De Leon’s "White Space" is a lively collection of personal essays about becoming a writer and growing up the child of immigrants. When she was a teenager, De Leon’s father... Read More

Book Review

White Magic

by Danielle Ballantyne

A collection of essays tackling addiction, sexual violence, mental illness, and the colonization of witchcraft, "White Magic" is a delight and a challenge. Elissa Washuta is a refreshing narrator, her prose poetic and sparse. Describing... Read More

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