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    A Kind of Madness

    The word "madness," like many others that can be used to stigmatize mental illness — e.g., "crazy," "insane," may be falling out of fashion even as its vaguely dramatic tone preserves a romantic...

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    Sickle Cell Disease

    In the story 'Milk and Oil' from Uche Okonkwo's collection A Kind of Madness, Soty, a girl befriended by the main character Chekwube, has sickle cell disease. This fact is revealed to Chekwube slowly ...

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    Long After We Are Gone

    Terah Shelton Harris's marvelous family drama Long After We Are Gone begins with the death of the Solomon family patriarch, King, whose last words are "don't let the white man take the house." As his ...

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    An Overview of Black Land Loss in America

    In Terah Shelton Harris's novel Long After We Are Gone, the family at the heart of the story is at risk of losing their land because it's considered 'heir property' (aka 'heir's property' and '...

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    Exhibit

    Exhibit, R.O. Kwon's sophomore novel (after The Incendiaries, 2018), introduces readers to Jin Han, a Korean American woman at a crossroads in her life. After a stunningly successful photographic ...

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    En Puntas by Javier Pérez

    During a pivotal scene in R.O. Kwon's novel Exhibit, a character mentions a short film he's viewed. In it, a ballerina performs atop a piano lid in customized pointe shoes; long kitchen knives ...

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    Somehow

    Anne Lamott knows a thing or two about love. In fact, there is so much of it exuding from her essay collection Somehow, you'd be forgiven for feeling wistful and misty-eyed just reading some of her ...

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    Greek Words for Love

    Love is a universal and history-spanning feeling. What would we be without the Romantic movement or the Renaissance, fairy tales or the chivalry of the Middle Ages? Even further back, ancient Greek ...

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    The Wings Upon Her Back

    Faith is a delicate thing. At its best, it can offer peace in times of crisis. At its worst, it can be a factor in breeding dissension, causing wars, and ruining lives. In Samantha Mills' novel The ...

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    Religious Deconstruction

    The heart of the story in The Wings Upon Her Back lies in Zenya's hard-fought battle with her faith. Indoctrinated into the service of the mecha god in her youth, she has only ever known faith without...

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    All Fours

    The premise of her second novel All Fours is simple enough but also as strange as one would expect from Miranda July. An unnamed 45-year-old woman who is a writer/artist of modest fame plans a solo ...

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    Miranda July: The Essential Works

    Miranda July is an artist who works successfully in multiple mediums, perhaps equally well-known for her films and her fiction. Born in 1974 in Barre, Vermont, and raised in Berkeley, California, ...

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