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    The Office of Historical Corrections

    In The Office of Historical Corrections, the second story collection from Danielle Evans, readers are given a revelatory look at injustice, forgiveness, identity and history. With each story, Evans reveals the realities of present-day America, focusing in particular on the experiences of Black women...

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    Ovarian Cancer

    In Danielle Evans' collection The Office of Historical Corrections, the short story 'Happily Ever After' centers around Lyssa, who at 30 years old is navigating life after her mother's death from ovarian cancer and has been advised to have her own ovaries removed as soon as possible. Ovarian ...

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    The Dutch House

    The Dutch House is my introduction to Ann Patchett, which, after reading it, surprises me. I had only heard of her in passing, while always on the way to another author, another novel, never really turning her way. Why did it take me so long to discover her? As I see it now, Patchett is one of those...

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    The Stories That Houses Can Hold

    Having moved 17 times in the wake of my late father being transferred at his job, I don't have a nostalgic connection to anywhere I've lived. The connection many people feel in their bones, heart and soul to a specific home is a mere curiosity to me—an interest in what people remember, how ...

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    Nights When Nothing Happened

    A quiet atmosphere of dread permeates Simon Han's subdued debut novel Nights When Nothing Happened. It begins with an anxiety inducing premise — 11-year-old Jack Cheng has discovered that his five-year-old sister Annabel is sleepwalking at night, once even strolling out the front door of their...

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    East Asian Populations in Plano, Texas

    Simon Han's debut novel Nights When Nothing Happened is set in Plano, Texas, located about 20 miles north of Dallas and 50 miles northeast of Fort Worth. The Chengs, who are Chinese American, have chosen to live in Plano because it is a safe community with good schools, but what's not stated overtly...

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    Take It Back

    In Kia Abdullah's novel Take It Back, sexual violence advisor Zara Kaleel becomes involved in a case where 16-year-old Jodie Wolfe is accusing four classmates of rape. Jodie has long been ostracized for having severe facial deformities resulting from a genetic condition, and she fears her claim will...

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    DNA Profiling

    In Kia Abdullah's courtroom drama Take It Back, the prosecution relies on a forensic technique called DNA profiling. Also known as genetic fingerprinting, the process can be used to match bodily material found at a crime scene to a suspect, to identify a person's relatives, to determine one's ...

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    Dark, Salt, Clear

    Named after Lamorna Cove in her mother's rural home county of Cornwall (located in southwestern Britain), Lamorna Ash has always felt drawn to the area, despite having grown up in cosmopolitan London. Finally taking the plunge, she makes the move to Newlyn in an attempt to connect with her heritage,...

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    Lamorna Cove

    Found on the Cornish coast, five miles from the port town of Penzance in Southwestern Britain, Lamorna Cove is a picture-perfect beauty spot. Adored by locals and much admired by visitors from far and wide, its charm has made it a sought-after location for TV and movies, perhaps most notably in the ...

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    Butter Honey Pig Bread

    For a long time, my favorite movie was Love Songs, a French musical film directed by Christophe Honoré that tells an oddly beautiful story of death, love and uncertainty. Its sadder elements are balanced by its forthright innocence, attention to detail and unrelenting drift towards romance at ...

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    Agege Bread

    Agege (pronounced 'a-GAY-gay') bread is a sweet white bread known for its unique soft and dense texture. It is a common food in Nigeria, particularly in Lagos, where it is produced by local bakeries and sold by vendors on the streets. In Butter Honey Pig Bread by Francesca Ekwuyasi, Taiye attempts ...

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