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The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantú
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"I came to think of The Line Becomes a River as an attempt to counter these dehumanizing metaphors. Cantú has written an insistently humane book, or maybe just a human one. It does not presume to be an account of what the border means, or a theory ab ...more
The Largesse of the Sea Maiden by Denis Johnson
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"As the narrator says to the reader: 'You and I know what goes on.' Another man, wandering in his bathrobe in the quiet of the night, encounters a sign for a store he believes offers 'Sky and Celery,' but in fact it says 'Ski and Cyclery.' 'What goes ...more
What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia by Elizabeth Catte
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"What You Are Getting Wrong About Appalachia is a brief, forceful, and necessary correction. Though the referent of the accusatory 'you' in the title is left intentionally vague, it clearly points to J.D. Vance. In Hillbilly Elegy, his preferred term ...more
Dig If You Will the Picture by Ben Greenman
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"It was almost as if Prince were competing with the medium that was most like him–each of them teeming with near-infinite content, much of it naked and moaning, a stream that never stops running, at all hours of the day.

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The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy
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"The truth at the heart of Levy's memoir, though, is that even the most privileged American women are not in total control of which desires will remain unfulfilled. And this can be an excruciating fact to accept.

The difficult thing about thinking yo
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Book of Mutter by Kate Zambreno
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"Book of Mutter is a hybrid nonfiction text–moving back and forth between art criticism and poetry, personal rumination and philosophical inquiry–that took her thirteen years to complete. The book is relentless in its search for meaning and its simul ...more
It's All in Your Head by Suzanne O'Sullivan
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"This is an important book. O'Sullivan makes a powerful argument for taking psychosomatic illnesses seriously and treating the people who suffer from them with respect. The last point is especially critical: Psychosomatic diagnoses carry with them a ...more
You Say to Brick by Wendy Lesser
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"Kahn's brick is perhaps ultimately a reminder that the structure of architecture is always dialogic, speaking simultaneously of ancient truths and particular cultures, just as we always come to it with collective memories and individual expectations ...more
Somebody with a Little Hammer by Mary Gaitskill
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"Somebody with a Little Hammer makes the case for Gaitskill's centrality as a writer and burns off dodgy concepts that have stuck to her work. If you have not yet worked through a thought with Gaitskill, Somebody is a primer. It makes entirely clear ...more
A Cup of Rage by Raduan Nassar
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"Men never forgive the women they love for compromising their independence.

And fury has its own sensual rewards, a rhythm that swells up irresistibly and demands gratification, shading quickly into sexual goading. The woman's arguments, clever as the
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