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October 03, 2018

If necessity is the mother of invention, what is the mother of reinvention? A number of the books we review in this issue explore this question. From Ben Fountain's Beautiful Country Burn Again, a compilation of essays that dive deep into 2016, a tumultuous year in American politics, while also examining the historical cycles of reinvention that the USA has experienced, to Washington Black by Esi Edugyan and Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird, both compelling looks at slaves who, at great risk personal risk, reinvented themselves.

September 19, 2018

George Bernard Shaw said: "The man who writes about himself and his own time is the only man who writes about all people and all time." In other words, stories that are deeply personal are also deeply universal. In this issue we've brought together a group of books that confirm Shaw's definition of great writing. Sarah Smarsh's Heartland is one, Award-winning investigative journalist Shane Bauer's American Prison is another and Paige Williams' debut, The Dinosaur Artist is yet one more.

August 29, 2018

How do we find our way back to focusing on our similarities rather than our differences? A freedom of imagination is one way, and as we head into fall, BookBrowse celebrates this spirit with a list of new books sure to set your imagination free. Whether you read Jon Cohen's Harry's Trees, a rich tapestry of grief, magic, empathy and – of course – trees; The Spy of Venice, Benet Brandeth's vision of William Shakespeare as a young man; or Anne Tyler's Clock Dance, a story about a woman on a journey to find herself, you will feel your imagination ignite and grow.

August 15, 2018

In this issue we review books whose authors have unique storytelling techniques. Silas House uses rich and varied metaphor to tell his story of redemption in Southernmost, while M.J. Rose creates a compelling, unique voice for her protagonist in Tiffany Blues. Ann Youngson knows how to embed subtle, powerful insights into love and life in Meet Me at the Museum and Mike McCormack uses a fragmented kind of prose to tell his equally splintered story Solar Bones, allowing form to mirror content in a deeply riveting way.

August 01, 2018

We are mid-way through summer and as we trek back toward fall, what better way to ease into the real world than reading books about real people? Novelist Glen David Gold offers a glimpse into his tumultuous life in his memoir I Will Be Complete. Debut author Meghan Flaherty shares how tango saved her life in Tango Lessons. Novelist Porochista Khakpour explores chronic illness in Sick and Alissa Quart examines middle class economic hardships them in Squeezed. As the days begin to get shorter, light your way with a book! Happy reading!

July 11, 2018

Looking for a bit of armchair travel? You've come to the right place. The books in this issue will take you far and wide. Feel like trekking 3,000 miles all the way to Alaska? Then Tip of the Iceberg is just what you're looking for. Looking for a thriller set in North Korea? Star of the North is your getaway ticket. Or make Ireland your destination with the new paperback, Grace. If staycation is your game plan, you can still go places with books. Dive in!

June 20, 2018

Summer's calling and we're ready with a bumper issue to start things off on the right foot. David Sedaris returns with what might be his best book ever in Calypso, while Michael Ondaatje delivers one of our reviewer's all-time favorites with Warlight. The spotlight moves to the Native American experience with There There. Pick a paperback or two. Choose from Jennifer Egan's Manhattan Beach or Salman Rushdie's The Golden House among others. Happy reading!

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