Fiction and Nonfiction Picks from Nina Collins
34 stories by a brilliant artist — 75 years old — who shows no sign of slowing down. Minimalist style, with a preoccupation with pleasure. What could be better?
From Kirkus: “Williams’ small gems are as dense and beautiful as diamonds, compressed from the carbon of daily life.”
In her first novel since The Quick and the Dead (a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize), the legendary writer takes us into an uncertain landscape after an environmental apocalypse, a world in which only the man-made has value, but some still wish to salvage the authentic.
Also set in Ireland, this is a harrowing novel, told in the first person, tackling motherhood, addiction, and redemption. Some have compared it to Shuggie Bain and it was a huge success in the UK.
This gripping first novel about race and feminism, clocking in at a slim but powerful 112 pages, tells the story of a young Black woman working at an investment bank in London. Publisher’s Weekly called it “a stunning achievement of compressed narrative and fearless articulation.”
Hard to believe it’s been thirty years, right? A look at the systemic problem that is gender-based violence, and the ways in which our universities and workplaces normalize aggression. Hill also looks here at how racist stereotypes lead to the dismissal of allegations made by WOC, and throughout she weaves in her own experience, including her feelings about the Kavanaugh hearings.
How fun will this be? For more than forty years, Couric has been an iconic presence in the media world, and in this promised-to-be brutally honest, hilarious, heartbreaking memoir, she reveals what was going on behind the scenes of her sometimes tumultuous personal and professional life. We can’t wait!
From Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Andrea Elliott, an unforgettable narrative about homelessness, poverty, and racism in an unequal America. The book weaves the story of eight years in the life of a young girl named Dasani with the history of her family, tracing the passage of their ancestors from slavery to the Great Migration north. As Dasani comes of age, the homeless crisis in New York City has exploded amid the deepening chasm between rich and poor.
A book by a leftist academic philosopher about inclusionary politics that dwells in the ambivalence between two truths: that sex is both intimate and personal and should be protected from moral inquisition, but that sex is also a social and political force that is shaped by and shapes our politics and thus our public lives.
Blending poetry, philosophy, and nonlinear narrative, US poet laureate Harjo (Crazy Brave) reflects and gives tribute to her Creek Nation family. Her mother, a talented orator, and other maternal figures are really the life of this gorgeous book.
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Excerpted from The Sweetest Venus: A History of The Clitoris by Sarah Chadwick.