V.27 No.15 | 4/12/2018
Beyond Ink and Whiskey
Leslie Jamison's newest work is full of feeling and analysis that leads the way to truth
The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath
The heart of Leslie Jamison's The Recovering: Intoxication and Its Aftermath is the grip of alcohol, its reputation as the literary choice of romantic self-destruction. It's not so much the substance itself so much as “the surplus of mystical properties” that people assign to it.
V.27 No.10 | 3/8/2018
Magic in the Medium
Luis Urrea's novel works moving literary feats
The House of Broken Angels
The House of Broken Angels is a tremendous work—full of joy, yes, but regret, too—capable of humor typed right on to the page with phrases that will provoke tears.
V.27 No.6 | 2/8/2018
New York Moments
Neon in Daylight finds a story for the directionless
Neon in Daylight
Neon in Daylight is a New York story, and ever-lurking, edgy side of the city inserts itself into the story as though it were a character as vital as any human one.
V.26 No.46 | 11/16/2017
From Ink Black to Paper White
Graphic novel Ink in Water doesn't shy away from the hard stuff
Lacy J. Davis gives structure to her life in meaningful ways in her new graphic novel Ink in Water.
V.26 No.43 | 10/26/2017
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Into the Unknown
Investigate the paranormal through the pages of Riley Mitchell's book
The Essential Paranormal Bucket List
The Essential Paranormal Bucket List rounds up paranormal wonders from the world over.
V.26 No.37 | 9/14/2017
Getting to Know Samantha Irby
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life inspires the desire to ... meet in real life
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life
Samantha Irby's varied collection of essays makes the topics truly felt, accessible to all and approached with unflinching realness.
V.26 No.32 | 8/10/2017
A Greener Future
Smoke Signals points the way by looking at the past
Smoke Signals details history through the lens of everyone's favorite plant.
V.26 No.31 | 8/3/2017
New Mexico After Dark
The high desert underworld of Buckskin Cocaine
There is a particular emotional distance with which each character is held, until the moment when zooming in close and revealing vulnerability will be most wrenching.
V.26 No.23 | 6/8/2017
Memory Rendered into Poetry
Jacqueline Woodson's visit and her novel, Another Brooklyn
In Another Brooklyn, two-parts poetry and one-part prose, it's not just the story that resonates, but the knack that Jacqueline Woodson has for infusing the world she creates with the contemplativeness that comes with her earnest poetry.
V.26 No.19 | 5/11/2017
All Roads Lead to Florida
Sarah Gerard's dark evocations of the sunshine state
Sarah Gerard's book of essays, Sunshine State, is an ode to the many faces of her home state, with a the dizzying toggle between internal landscapes and external forces, shifting between the poetic and the starkly unsentimental.
V.26 No.14 | 4/6/2017
Midwestern Horror Mise en Scène
Universal Harvester falls short of its promise
Universal Harvester, despite its amazing jacket design and intriguing concepts, fails to ever pull the reader in fully.
V.26 No.6 | 2/9/2017
Who Comes for the Girls
Zadie Smith's inquiry into race, belonging and privilege
A reader could easily pick up this novel and enjoy it without putting any thought to the underpinnings of all the drama; just as likely, what underpins each scene might be what others find most compelling and important.
V.25 No.52 | 12/29/2016
The Magic of Solitude
Pond stands apart from literary convention
Claire-Louise Bennett's auspicious debut, Pond, distinguishes itself from other books published this year in every way—from subject to structure to tone, all the way down to the story's values.
V.25 No.45 | 11/10/2016
The Specter of Consequences
The Gloaming traces grief across continents
The Gloaming, by Melanie Finn, traces grief across continents.
V.25 No.37 | 9/15/2016
The Last Samurai in London
No, it doesn’t have anything to do with that awful Tom Cruise movie
The Last Samurai
The Last Samurai is a brilliant work that turns a classic story on its head.