Alison McGhee

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Alison McGhee writes novels, picture books, poems, and essays for all ages, including the just-published THE OPPOSITE OF FATE, a novel, and the #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller SOMEDAY, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Her work has been translated into more than 20 languages. She lives in Minneapolis and California.

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Poem of the Week, by Kaylin Haught

img_5353Young woman across the street, waving and calling to me as I trudge through the snowdrifts on the way home from my astonishingly wonderful church for the non-churchy, where I go seeking solidarity amongst my equally post-election troubled neighbors and friends: “Mama! Mama!”


Me, calling back: “I’m not your mama!”


YW: “Thank you, mama, come here!”


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McPhee's new novel about the fierceness of family ties, and how impossible it is to untangle sibling and parental devotion from the painful ways we contort ourselves to maintain it, is a quiet, reflective read. The longings, lives, and connections am ...more
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Elegaic, sweeping, and fierce, Wang Ping's new collection channels the voices of immigrants, lost and found, from shore to shore around the world. She returns again and again to the Morecambe Bay drowning deaths, in 2004, of at least 21 undocumented ...more
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Home Baked is a wild ride of a memoir. As an elementary schooler in 70's San Francisco, Alia knew she was forbidden ever to talk about her parents' work, which was making and selling edibles, specifically pot brownies, long before they were legal. Wh ...more
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This is a fascinating novel centered on Emily Apell, a young research scientist laser-focused on her work (the origin of our sense of smell) in a famous research lab. Like Hope Jahren's memoir Lab Girl, Rothman's novel is both a deep dive into the hi ...more
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I had a feeling Mimi Lee Gets a Clue would lift my spirits in the middle of this troubling and uncertain time, and I was right. A light mystery involving an oversize talking cat named Marshmallow, a hilarious mother trying to set up her "aging" twent ...more
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A feeling of lonely acceptance by a wondering child fills this hushed and absorbing book of poetry. My favorite poetry books are ones like this, in which the poems center around a theme, a through-thread that unites and deepens them individually and ...more
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I love this book. Every page brought so many emotions washing through me. Anger. Sorrow. Respect. Love. This novel makes me want to do better. To be a better person.
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“You are most powerful when you are most silent. People never expect silence. They expect words, motion, defense, offense, back and forth. They expect to leap into the fray. They are ready, fists up, words hanging leaping from their mouths. Silence? No.”
Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea

“Your heart literally hurts when it's breaking. You can feel it, every beat another ache, and nothing you can do will stop it, either from beating or breaking.”
Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea
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“Don't hurt someone who cares about you like that. You're not the only person in the world who's ever been hurt. Don't be cruel. Don't go breaking someone else's heart in the hope that you'll feel better. Becaues you won't.”
Alison McGhee, All Rivers Flow To The Sea

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