Interrogating Travel

To read Paul Lindholdt’s Interrogating Travel is to receive a wellspring of lived experience about traveling the land and seas of planet Earth: this blue marble floating in space, our “home globe.” Having passed the critical carbon marker point of 4.24 ppm in May of 2023, we find it increasingly difficult to remain optimistic about […]

A Calendar Is a Snakeskin

Kristine Langley Mahler, a married, thirty-eight year old mother of daughters, has reached a point of reckoning. She has worked as an administrative assistant at a university though her young adulthood, a job she describes as “golden handcuffs of half-time job with benefits.” Now it’s time for change. This lyrical memoir chronicles her journey. Kristine […]

Love in the Archives

Losing a child. As you read those words, do you have a visceral reaction?  A tightening of the belly? A gasp? One does not have to be a parent to feel the fear, the pain. One just has to be human. Children die—of illness, accidents, violence—but when a child dies of suicide, as did Eileen […]

Half-Life of a Secret: Reckoning with a Hidden History

Emily Strasser’s Half-Life of a Secret: Reckoning with a Hidden History is a book for our time.  In an age when intergenerational trauma is being explored and researched, Strasser is providing us with important work in this genre.  In this meticulously researched book, she plunges into the world of her grandfather George.  He died long […]

Nesting

Photo by Kevin Seibel on Unsplash   The summer I was pregnant, I watched with growing detachment as my breasts asserted themselves and my spreading hips echoed my mother’s. I had the urge to nest—procuring diapers and wet wipes, obsessively dusting, developing a sudden, unexpected interest in scrapbooking—and became, for a short while, someone I […]

All Else Failed: The Unlikely Volunteers at the Heart of the Migrant Aid Crisis

The Greeks have a word for the desire to help people in need, explains Dana Sachs in her riveting new account of humanitarian courage, All Else Failed. She then teaches us a concept that seems alien in the extant rendition of America: Philoxenia, or “love of strangers.” In Sachs’s telling, from the shores of the […]

Western Journeys

Teow Lim Goh’s Western Journeys delves into the heart of what it means to be an American—and what it means to not be considered American enough. Immigrants, minority peoples, and native peoples all find a place in Goh’s analysis of the American experience. Her essays also probe what it means to be living in a […]

East Winds: A Global Quest to Reckon with Marriage

In East Winds: A Global Quest to Reckon with Marriage, Rachel Rueckert details her nearly year-long honeymoon, during which she considers the institution of marriage—an unsurprising choice, given her newlywed status. Rueckert’s engaging prose and humor transmit her unflinching interrogation into both cultural understandings of marriage and her past relationships as she unwaveringly pursues answers. […]