Islands of Abandonment: Life in the Post-Human Landscape by Cal Flynn

Review by Linda Lappin Combining exquisite lyrical prose, a gripping travel narrative, and meticulous scientific research in the fields of botany, biology, chemistry, genetics – investigative journalist, Cal Flynn, takes…

Bad Mexicans: Race, Empire & Revolution in the Borderlands by Kelly Lytle Hernandez

Review by Brian Tanguay On July 4, 1915, a band of armed and mounted Mexicans crossed the border and murdered three white men in southern Texas. For the next five…

Blank Pages and Other Stories by Bernard MacLaverty

Review by Walter Cummins Bernard MacLaverty’s latest story collection, his sixth, builds a thematic connection around its title story, “Blank Pages.” Frank, a writer, has been blocked since the death…

Rooting Interests: A Roger Angell Appreciation

By George Yatchisin I can be assured I’ve been reading Roger Angell for nearly 45 years, as my copy of his Five Seasons, is inscribed 1978 and “Merry Christmas” from…

The End of Solitude: Selected Essays on Culture and Society by William Deresiewicz

Review by Brian Tanguay After reading Excellent Sheep: The Miseducation of the American Elite and the Way to a Meaningful Life, I was hooked on William Deresiewicz. The next book…

The Cross and the Lynching Tree by James H. Cone

Review by Brian Tanguay I began reading The Cross and the Lynching Tree by the late theologian James H. Cone the week before a white gunman murdered ten black people…

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Review by David Starkey Let’s be honest: after writing two of the best novels of the twenty-first century—The Underground Railroad and The Nickel Boys—it was going to be hard for…

Queer Ducks (and Other Animals): The Natural World of Animal Sexuality by Eliot Schrefer

Review by Walter Cummins Eliot Schrefer’s Queer Ducks is a revolutionary book, one that upends longstanding assumptions about the nature and purpose of sex in the animal kingdom, with implications…

In Emergency, Break Glass: What Nietzsche Can Teach Us About Joyful Living in a Tech-Saturated World by Nate Anderson

Review by David Starkey At the beginning of In Emergency, Break Glass: What Nietzsche Can Teach Us About Joyful Living in a Tech-Saturated World, Nate Anderson, deputy editor of the…

American Art from the Thyssen Collection by Paloma Alarcó and Alba Campo Rosillo

Review by David Starkey Before visiting Madrid this past February, I must admit that I had no idea that the Thyssen-Bornemisza National Museum even existed. But exist it does, and…