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The Best of World SF

by Claire Foster

Although science fiction imagines diverse, imaginative, and frightening futures, genre anthologies rarely achieve the brilliant range and diversity of voices of The Best of World SF: Volume 1. Edited by Lavie Tidhar, this labor of love... Read More

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How to Grill Vegetables

by Rachel Jagareski

Steven Raichlen’s "How to Grill Vegetables" is an instant classic that brims with imaginative treatments of fruits and veggies, whose natural sugars reach “supernatural sweetness” when altered with smoke and fire. Plant ingredients... Read More

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Solo Viola

by Ho Lin

Antoine Volodine’s superb post-exotic novel "Solo Viola" imagines a society that’s one step removed from reality. With a narrative spiced up by absurdity and a dead serious message, this is a brisk, engrossing, and phantasmagorical... Read More

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Don't Call It a Cult

by Claire Foster

Journalist Sarah Berman brings her signature gimlet eye and impeccable reporting to the story of the NXIVM women in Don’t Call It a Cult, a chilling true crime account. Convicted in 2019 of federal crimes including sex trafficking,... Read More

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Embodied

by Peter Dabbene

Verse and visuals meet, with spectacular results, in the graphic anthology "Embodied". Poetry is a visual medium, not just an oral one: the placements of words and blank spaces are often intended to appeal to the eye, and they affect the... Read More

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Radium Girl

by Tanisha Rule

Plain language and straightforward writing make ambiguity the exception instead of the rule in "Radium Girl". In twelve whiplash-fast stories, Sofi Papamarko tackles belonging, grief, delusion, and consent with deftness and unique... Read More

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Sobremesa

by Kristine Morris

Josephine Caminos Oría’s memoir "Sobremesa" is warm and nourishing, covering family, food, love, and heritage. It is also a romantic, bicultural coming-of-age story with a touch of magical realism. When Oría, a first-generation... Read More

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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

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