Jaquira Diaz’s debut memoir Ordinary Girls is an intimate portrait of her life, from her beginnings in El Caserio, a government housing project of Puerto Rico, to her family’s migration to the streets of Miami. In four distinct sections, she provides visceral accounts of personal battles with identity, depression, and violence. But as much as […]
“All the boys knew about that rotten spot,” describes the narrator of The Nickel Boys, Colson Whitehead’s searing novel set in Jim Crow-era Florida. The boys, students of Nickel Academy, a juvenile reformatory, are just that—boys, kids, those who were “tied up in a potato sack and dumped.” Decades later, an archaeology student from the University […]
Good Talk whiplashes the reader from ease and pleasure to apprehension and concern, so that the reader is never truly comfortable.
I was looking for a way into the history of the counterculture in America and how it moved—into my generation and beyond.
Laila Lalami channels the realities of our layered, and undoubtedly flawed, society with compassion, empathy, and an unflinching eye.