historical fiction

Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

Reviewed by Nadia Benjelloun Bombs, beards, and belly-dancing. Rather than just a fun alliteration to say, this phrase would summarize what would come to mind upon hearing the word Arab. This is the epitome of orientalism. It’s all due to narrative, but just as there are misconstrued Arab and Muslim representations from sources that range… Continue reading Adrift on the Nile by Naguib Mahfouz

Ficton, Thriller

Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Reviewed by Karisma J. Tobin Samanta Schweblin’s Fever Dream tells the haunting story of a mother’s experience of an unfamiliar town. Vacationing with her young daughter, Nina, Amanda finds herself unsettled. It soon becomes clear that there is something strange about this place.   It’s the worms. You have to be patient and wait. And… Continue reading Fever Dream by Samanta Schweblin

Suspense, Thriller

The Slayer: Hell Awakens by Meg Sechrest

Human or vampire, no one can escape their fate. Born and raised in the small town of Grundy Hill, West Virginia, Abigail Taylor knew that her life was anything but normal. Everyone in town knew her father was weird and knew better than to date his estranged daughter. On her 21st birthday, Abbi awakens a… Continue reading The Slayer: Hell Awakens by Meg Sechrest

Ficton, historical fiction, Romance

Shakespeare’s Younger Sister by Geoffrey Craig

Author's note: This book is meant for mature audiences When, in the spring of 1592, fictional eighteen-year-old Constance Shakespeare joins her brother, Will, in London, she is in for any number of surprises. Expecting opportunities not available under her father’s domination in Stratford, she finds life in London far more complicated and challenging, yet exhilarating,… Continue reading Shakespeare’s Younger Sister by Geoffrey Craig

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Until the Break of Dawn: An Electronic Autobiography by Hany Saed

Review by Ibrahim S. Fawzy In this fascinating book Professor, Hany Saed takes his readers on a journey into the visual world where he searches for his own identity as well as ours. The book documents a journey through social media, especially Facebook, which lasted nearly eight years. The author`s -eight-year experience loaded with events… Continue reading Until the Break of Dawn: An Electronic Autobiography by Hany Saed

poetry

The Soft Path by Joshua Harmon

Reviewed by Katy Scrogin The atmosphere of Joshua Harmon’s The Soft Path is heavy, hanging over a still-living landscape holding out against mechanical incursions and cheap plastics, sagging infrastructures and colonizing data streams. This three-part study stares hard at what we have become and continue to turn into, what we allow ourselves to inflict on… Continue reading The Soft Path by Joshua Harmon

autobiography, memoir

When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Reviewed by Lauren Jahn When taking a birthing class, it is often recommended to pack plenty of comfort items. By preselecting loved objects, it is supposed to ease the tension of labor. Following instructions, I packed essential oils, coloring books, silly Putty, and a book about a dying man. When Breath Becomes Air accompanied me… Continue reading When Breathe Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

poetry

Letters from Max by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo

Reviewed by Melissa Gaiti Where does a person turn when facing stress, grief, or pain? In Letters from Max, we witness connection through writings between Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo as their relationship evolves from professor and student to friends. Just as the title suggests, letters are used to tell the narrative and take readers… Continue reading Letters from Max by Sarah Ruhl and Max Ritvo