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    The Night of Baba Yaga

    When Yoriko Shindo gets into a brawl on a busy street in 1970s Tokyo, she has no idea what the repercussions will be. Her fighting catches the attention of the Naiki-kai, a branch of the Japanese ...

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    Japanese Yakuza Films

    Akira Otani's intense thriller The Night of Baba Yaga tells the story of two women trying to escape from a branch of the yakuza, a real-life organized crime group thought to have originated in the ...

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    The Anthropologists

    A documentary filmmaker, Asya is interested in the "unremarkable grace" of daily life, "the slow and leisurely rot of a day." In a nameless city where she and most of her close friends are foreigners,...

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    Cinéma Vérité

    In Aysegül Savas's The Anthropologists, Asya, the novel's narrator, is a documentary filmmaker set to embark on a project based around the goings-on in her local park. Though not explicitly ...

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    Mood Swings

    This book begins with a bombastic premise. Seemingly fed up with the heating planet, the world's animals have launched a revolution against humans. Rats swarm city streets while once gentle cats and ...

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    Montreal in Literature

    Much of Frankie Barnet's novel Mood Swings takes place in Montreal. Nestled in the southwest of Canada's francophone province of Quebec, Montreal is a multicultural and largely bilingual city with...

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    The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye

    Our titular heroine's story begins in Yáquimo, Santo Domingo. Jacquotte Delahaye is a young mixed race woman, born to a Black Haitian mother and a white French father. After the death of her ...

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    The Mysterious Life of Pirate Captain Jacquotte Delahaye

    Briony Cameron's debut novel, The Ballad of Jacquotte Delahaye, is an imagined look at the life of a female pirate captain sailing the Caribbean in the 17th century. While some of her contemporaries, ...

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    Another Word for Love

    "I write about beautiful things because I live in a country that has tried to kill me and every single one of my ancestors." This might serve as Carvell Wallace's mission statement. His ...

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    An Interview with Carvell Wallace

    Carvell Wallace's debut memoir, Another Word for Love, explores how spirituality and embracing his queer identity helped him heal from childhood trauma. The journalist and podcaster is known ...

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    The Flower Sisters

    Michelle Collins Anderson's novel The Flower Sisters, based in part on a real tragedy that occurred in the author's hometown in 1928, received considerable praise from our First Impressions reviewers....

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    The Bond Dance Hall Explosion

    Michelle Collins Anderson's historical novel The Flower Sisters draws inspiration from a tragic event that occurred in the author's hometown of West Plains, Missouri: the explosion of a dance hall ...

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