Eternity’s Trap is what happens when an author speculates on the “what-ifs” of history, and in this case the story of Robert E. Lee. A fascinating read of historical fiction with a serious story.
Dear You, a combination of poetry and memoir by Wade Stevenson, is one of the most exposed, unrelenting, and heart-breaking pieces on longing that I’ve read.
War Trash isn’t my favorite novel. Ha Jin isn’t my favorite writer. But the novel is important for me because it shows me a part of history I didn’t know.
For many, Ann Dunham is known as the mother of the 44th U.S. president who happened to be white, and that’s just about all they know about her. In A Singular Woman, Janny Scott retrieves Dunham from the bin of misrepresentation and presents an accomplished woman.
As discussed by the scholar Ira Berlin in his monograph The Long Emancipation, the struggle for freedom is, at its core, about agency: Who accomplished it? How was it accomplished? Why?
The mid-century American novelist Patricia Highsmith—most remembered for her urbane but disturbing psychological thrillers—hasn’t quite achieved the household familiarity of Christie or Doyle, but this is surely only a matter of time.