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I am drawn to family dysfunction, and Taiye Selasi’s debut novel, Ghana Must Go, reinvents that dynamic into something delicate, searing, and graphic. She manages to create a family—the Sai family—into something simultaneously pitiful and charming. Selasi truly examines the different roles all members in a family play—the father, the mother, the eldest, the twins,

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August 2, 2013

Hawthorne Books, 2013 reviewed by Allie Angelo Monica Wesolowska’s debut memoir, Holding Silvan: A Brief Life, takes readers on a brutally honest and bittersweet journey as she recounts the birth, short life, and finally the death of her first son, Silvan. While this poignent story opens with the joy of being a new mother—the amazement of

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July 15, 2013

Red Hen Press, 2012 Reviewed by Jean Macherson Lillian-Yvonne Bertram’s debut collection, But a Storm is Blowing From Paradise, is a massive undertaking that explores identity, relationships, philosophies—worlds you cannot take lightly, nor can you accept easily. Bertram is beyond fearless in her refusal to make reading simple; pay no attention to consistency in format, do

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June 28, 2013

Reagan Arthur Books, 2013 Reviewed by Patrick McGinty I often feel uncomfortable looking at photos of children in Zimbabwe. I realize that discomfort is largely the point of such photos, but when National Geographic features these children—smiling or maybe sad, half-clothed or less than—the scenario never feels authentic to me. I’m overly conscious of the fact

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June 7, 2013

A Provisional Limbo: Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s What You Are Now Enjoying

Autumn House Press, 2013 Reviewed by W.M. Lobko The plenty clever title of Sarah Gerkensmeyer’s debut volume of short stories does indeed apply to you, dear reader. The way in which it applies to you, however, reveals itself gradually: this volume is defined as much by restraint and subtlety as it is by surprise. Upon

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June 4, 2013

Tumbles from Sky to Earth: Sascha Altman DuBrul’s Maps to the Other Side

Microcosm, 2013 Reviewed by T.K. Dalton As the title suggests, Sascha Altman DuBrul’s Maps to the Other Side: Adventures of a Bipolar Cartographer is an idiosyncratic atlas where the arrow pointing north constantly shifts its orientation. DuBrul has created a memoir and a handbook, a personal clips file and a global manifesto. Though the work

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May 27, 2013

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