Freshwater

I was completely blown away by Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi. Published in 2018 to great acclaim it was never really on my radar probably because I really dislike the cover art, and that sometimes makes or breaks a book for me. But Emezi has a new novel coming out in August, The Death of Vivek…

Know My Name

This was such a powerful memoir, told through such an intimate tone that Chanel Miller felt like a friend, sister. I had followed the Brock Turner trial in real time as outraged as anyone else at the media spin and then the leniency. And I remember the day her victim statement was published and how…

Dubious Documents: A Puzzle

A great gift for people who love puzzles—and the perfect quietly competitive activity for a lazy Christmas morning.

I Heard Something

Jaime Forsythe’s new book of poetry I Heard Something is a trust exercise in the creative process—Forsythe kept the inspiration channel open and all manner of tense and surreal thoughts crept in. “Have you ever gotten so used to listening for your baby’s cry that you auditory-hallucinate her cry?” asks Forsythe. “I think I was in that…

The Perfect Nanny

It’s hard to truly express how disquieting The Perfect Nanny by Leila Slimani is—a portrait of disturbed nanny Louise and the time leading up to the brutal murder of the two children Mila and Adam in her care. Beginning with the horror of the murder and then chugging back in time to when their mother…

Trail of Lightning

I was first introduced to Rebecca Roanhorse’s writing through her incredible short story Welcome To Your Authentic Indian Experience™ which was rightfully nominated for a bunch of awards like the Nebula and Hugo last year. So when I saw her name on Netgalley I knew whatever it was would rocket straight to the top of…

Educated

I read the entirety of Tara Westover’s memoir Educated in an anxious fit. My heart twisting and my muscles tensed in response to her own paralysis as she navigates her violent and dysfunctional family dynamics from child to adult. Born into a large fundamentalist Mormon family Westover grew up believing the End of Days doctrine…

Her Pretty Face

This was my first Robyn Harding book and I may have gone into it with high expectations due to the acclaim for The Party. Harding’s newest novel is a psychological suspense surrounding the violent secrets two women are hiding in their respective pasts after they befriend each other when both of their sons start at…