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    Wild and Distant Seas

    Tara Karr Roberts is a newspaper columnist who also teaches English and journalism. Wild and Distant Seas, her first novel, won over our First Impressions reviewers, receiving 4 or 5 stars from 21 out...

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    A Moby-Dick Reading List

    Whether you love Herman Melville's Moby-Dick, hate it or have never read it, you may find yourself unable to escape it. Even for a classic, it shows surprising reach, having inspired and ...

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    The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years

    Shubnum Khan's eloquent and moving debut novel opens in 1932, when a djinn that haunts a house by the sea is in mourning following an unexplained violent event, at once engaging the reader and setting...

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    The Djinn in Islamic Folk Culture

    In Shubnum Khan's debut novel The Djinn Waits a Hundred Years, set amidst the Indian diaspora of South Africa, fifteen-year-old Sana and her father move into a dilapidated house by the sea that is ...

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    Transient and Strange

    Throughout her powerful essay collection, Transient and Strange, science reporter Nell Greenfieldboyce uses her knowledge of and interest in science to reflect on her own life. These reflections ...

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    Polycystic Kidney Disease

    In her collection of essays Transient and Strange, Nell Greenfieldboyce shares how her husband's diagnosis of polycystic kidney disease (PKD) affected their lives, especially as they decided to ...

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    Prophet Song

    Paul Lynch's 2023 Booker Prize–winning Prophet Song is a speedboat of a novel that hurtles the reader through ever-heightening waves toward a dark shore, a stark vision of total societal ...

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    Emergency Powers

    In Paul Lynch's novel Prophet Song, the enactment of an Emergency Powers Act sets in motion a sequence of destabilizing events that will eventually lead to societal dissolution and civil war. The ...

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    The Frozen River

    "I cannot say why it is so important that I make this daily record. Perhaps because I have been doing so for years on end? Or maybe – if I am being honest – it is because these markings of...

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    Midwifery in Colonial America

    Martha Ballard, the heroine of Ariel Lawhon's The Frozen River and a real-life 18th-century midwife, left behind a diary that remains one of history's best sources on midwifery in late colonial ...

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    Prima Facie

    Tessa Ensler of Luton, England is a rising star within the barrister community. Her brilliant legal mind and skill at criminal defense litigation serve her well in high-stakes prosecutions. Most of ...

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    How to Build an Emotional Safety Net

    Tessa Ensler wants her mother. The heroine of Suzie Miller's Prima Facie is in a panicky mess after a sexual assault, and, like many of us when things go sideways, she wants her mother's arms wrapped ...

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