Morgan Jerkins’ Essays on Higher Education, Feminism, and Coming of Age While Black in America

This Will Be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America, by Morgan Jerkins (2018) This book is not about all women, but it is meant for all women, and men, and those who do not adhere to the gender binary. It is for you. You. Our blackness doesn't... Continue Reading →

Financial Crime in Russia and the Heartbreaking Story of the Magnitsky Act

Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man's Fight for Justice, by Bill Browderpublished 2015 by Simon & Schuster The American-born, now British financier Bill Browder got in on the nascent world of free-market Eastern Europe at the beginning, when, during his work for the Boston Consulting Group on a project... Continue Reading →

10 Mid-Year New Nonfiction Favorites

Is there anything I love more than a best-of list? Maybe, but when a year's half-over and it's time to recap favorites, I can't think of anything better. Here are my favorites of the year's new nonfiction so far. The Soul of a Woman, by Isabel Allende - Allende's short but mighty powerful memoir (in... Continue Reading →

The Superhero Side of Chronic Illness

Super Sick: Making Peace with Chronic Illness, by Allison Alexander These problems may be manageable for a short time. But when they keep happening, when there's no bright horizon of "getting better" to look forward to, I feel like I'm a cup continually poured out and never refilled. Being sick for a long time or... Continue Reading →

Love, Loss, and What Fish Are

Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life, by Lulu Miller Chaos will get them.Chaos will crack them from the outside — with a falling branch, a speeding car, a bullet — or unravel them from the inside, with the mutiny of their very own cells. Chaos will... Continue Reading →

A Career of Food Writing in France

My Place at the Table: A Recipe for a Delicious Life in Paris, by Alexander Lobrano It feels like it’s been way too long since I read a good foodoir, and especially one about France. They can be so pretentious for some reason. My Place at the Table, on the other hand, is such a... Continue Reading →

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