Maggie Nelson's memoir, The Red Parts delves into the murder of her aunt, an arrest 35 years later based on DNA, the subsequent trial and Nelson's obsession to learn the truth of an event that impacted three generations. A beautifully written page-turner.
In her beautiful, debut memoir Cassandra Lane delves into the tragedy of her great grandfather's lynching in Mississipi, and how this trauma has affected her family. It is about this and much more....growing up in the south, two marriages, pregnancy choices, and an intense drive to become a writer. Lane's narrative is as compelling as it is poetic. It is about grief, yes, but also about love and hope. I can't wait to see what she writes next!
This paperback edition contains the complete text of Roethke's seven published volumes in addition to sixteen previously uncollected poems. Included are his Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winners The Walking, Words for the Wind, and The Far Field.
One of my favorite books in the last ten years! Inspired by real events, The Night Language tells the story of a young prince taken from the Abyssinian battlefield (present-day Ethiopia) to live in the court of Queen Victoria. This is a beautifully written story of friendship, love, loss, and societal repression.
Toni Ann Johnson's book of connected short stories is fabulous! Maddie, a light-skinned Black girl, is growing up with parents who are unhappy in their marriage, living and attending school in an upper-middle class white suburban neighborhood, and struggling to find her identity. It's clear why Johnson won the 2021 Flannery O'Connor award for short fiction.