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Kiss Me Someone

By Karen Shepard. Tin House Books, September 2017. Available on Amazon. Kiss Me Someone is inhabited by women who walk the line between various states: adolescence and adulthood, stability and uncertainty, selfishness and compassion. They navigate the obstacles that come with mixed-race identity and instabilities in… Continue reading »

The Myth of Disenchantment

By Jason Josephson-Storm. University of Chicago Press, May 2017. Available on Amazon. A great many theorists have argued that the defining feature of modernity is that people no longer believe in spirits, myths, or magic. Jason Ā. Josephson-Storm argues that as broad cultural history goes, this… Continue reading »

The World to Come: Stories

By J. Leland Miller Professor of American History, Literature, and Eloquence Jim Shepard. Knopf, February 2017. Available on Amazon. These ten stories ring with voices belonging to–among others–English Arctic explorers in one of history’s most nightmarish expeditions, a young contemporary American negotiating the shockingly underreported hazards of… Continue reading »

Why Don’t We Say What We Mean?

 By Lawrence Raab. Tupelo Press, December 2016. Available on Amazon. In this first collection of his contemplative essays, Raab ponders works that keep mattering to him as a working writer, with fresh considerations of Edwin Arlington Robinson and Thomas Hardy, Wislawa Szymborska, Ben Jonson, Henry James,… Continue reading »

Law and the Economy in Colonial India

By Tirthankar Roy and Williams Professor of Economics Anand Swamy. The University of Chicago Press, September 2016. Available on Amazon. Since the economic reforms of the 1990s, India’s economy has grown rapidly. To sustain growth and foreign investment over the long run requires a well-developed legal infrastructure… Continue reading »

A School of Our Own

By Samuel Levin and Susan Engel. The New Press, September 2016. Available on Amazon. Engel and her son Levin tell the story of the Independent Project, the first student-run high school in America. Levin, a high school junior who had already achieved international fame for creating… Continue reading »

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