Non-Fiction

Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond by Larry McMurtry - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780684870199
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2001

Part sociology and part memoir, this is really a love letter to books from a man who has devoted his adult life to every aspect of them. Most of the author's novels are remembrances of things past, when changing times loomed like dark thunderheads on the horizons of the people who lived on the vast open plains of the West and, like his own father, eked out hardscrabble lives from the unwelcoming land. The open book beckoned to McMurtry, not the open range, but his early life made an indelible mark on all that was to come and it is recalled with a fond nostalgia that is tinged with sadness. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

This is likely the most powerful and intelligently written book I have ever read. I believe it should be a mandatory read so Americans can better understand the overlooked and almost hidden caste system that still exists today. Even though Wilkerson has provided extensive research on the correlation of caste systems between America, Nazi Germany, and India, the way she presents information is always easily digestible and eye opening so she never leaves any reader behind. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984820389
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Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

As a Korean American writer growing up in California, Cathy Park Hong has realized that Asian Americans are typically overlooked by our country because they are often considered the "model minority". Park Hong powerfully lists the awful injustices of racism inflicted on the Asian community, in and outside of America, as it has shaped her own personal experiences with family life, mental health, and creativity. This is a must read! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Gallery of Clouds by Rachel Eisendrath - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681375434
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Published: New York Review Books - May 11th, 2021

In this engaging book length essay, woven in fragments like passing clouds, Eisendrath moves from Renaissance prose and literary culture, to memoir, to meditations on nostalgia and arcadian myths of the pastoral. This little book is full of treasures. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593297612
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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

Smith spun me into her world in the early months of quarantine when life suddenly took an entirely new form. Asking deep questions like, "why do I write?" and answering them with daring, somewhat bleak honesty, this was just the right book for me to read as a creative struggling with similar questions. I feel a sense of gratitude that Smith allowed the reader to be in these moments with her, processing the chaos that ensued at the start of quarantine, honoring her truth that writing is, at its core, just something to do. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith - Book Review

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Published: Penguin Books - July 28th, 2020

Every now and again, if you are a lucky reader, you come across writing that truly changes you. Smith wrote Intimations at the front end of 2020's "global humbling" - a time when America would become "mighty with death", when we would witness George Floyd's murder, when our every day took a shape we were helpless to control. It is a fierce little collection, but one that provides intellectual nourishment and hope, certain to inspire meaningful retrospection. How do we preoccupy ourselves? What is our time, and love, and existence? Is the true virus of our time - contempt for other human beings? Smith has donated all royalties of this book to The Equal Justice Initiative and The COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund for New York. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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