Once Upon a River – Diane Setterfield

I love a good tale, and this was a good tale. Captivating from front to back; so much so that I read the acknowledgements and everything after just hoping to continue tasting this tale. We’re on a river that could be the Thames and the river wraps itself through the lives of our many characters …

Our Wives Under the Sea – Julia Armfield

A much anticipated new novel. So anticipated I didn’t register the creeping horror of it. Or maybe it wasn’t on the book jacket. It’s really a story of loss: loss of the relationships we want or need, the people we thought would be there forever, and all the things they left behind that make us …

Golden State – Ben H. Winters

It’s a detective story, but set in a California that prizes truth above all else and the detective can see the air bend when people lie. Nothing is private, even your pain, and secrets turn the whole world upside down. A big-brothery excursion into a future I definitely do not want any part of.

We Have Never Been Middle Class – Hadas Weiss

The trouble with ordering books from Verso, though I love Verso, is that sometimes you get a book that looks really great but turns out to be someone’s dissertation. Not that dissertations are inherently bad, but they’re inherently bad for non-academics. You know what I mean. Can you really have pages where more than half …

How To Break Up With Your Phone – Catherine Price

You know you need this book. We all need this book. Price used herself and her friends as an experiment in breaking the phone addiction, and came up with some pretty good tips and tricks. She leads you through a 30 day Phast (phone fast) right after spending 8 chapters telling you what all that …

Hell of a Book – Jason Mott

Really, the title says it all. I can’t tell you what this book is about because nothing covers it. It’s just a hell of a book. A ride. A masterpiece of what it must be like to be a Black author, to be a Black man, to be a Black boy, in America. It’s funny, …

Pure America: Eugenics and the Making of Modern Virginia – Elizabeth Catte

I knew I had to pick this one up just based on the title alone. As a Virginian, I know my state carries a hell of a lot of really bad shit tucked up into its secret attics, with eugenics being number two right behind enslavement. For such a mellow state in most ways, we’re …

The Owl Service – Alan Garner

A book from 1967 using Welsh myth to create a modern day mystery? Sign me up! I loved being in the Welsh lands for this novel, thinking about the slate and the sheep and the beautiful vistas. It’s such a magical place. And this is a magical novel. Filled with plates whose pattern turns into …

The Displacements – Bruce Holsinger

Another dystopian novel? Yes, please! I love this shit. It soothes my anxiety because anxiety tells you to prepare for every contingency. Also this book gives me more reasons to hate Florida, and you can never have too many. The world’s first category 6 hurricane barrels over southern Florida displacing millions of people into camps …

Feminism for the 99%: A Manifesto – Cinzia Arruzza, Tithi Bhattacharya, Nancy Fraser

I just kept thinking: this is why when the right says liberals are boring and pretentious it rings true. It’s supposed to be a call to arms; a manifesto for shaking things up and calling feminists to the table. And it’s SO BORING to read. I know these ideas, I share these ideas, and yet …