For this week of Nonfiction November I’ll be pairing nonfiction titles with books nominated for National Book Awards, from Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers to Négar Djavadi’s Disoriental.
A thought-provoking look at the lasting effects of trauma, Where the Dead Sit Talking follows two Native American teens as they form an unexpected bond.
Asking what it means to survive a tragedy, Rebecca Makkai’s latest novel explores the impact and aftermath of the AIDS epidemic on a close-knit group of friends.
Ahead of November 14th, I’ll be making my way through the shortlists for the NBA in Fiction and Translated Literature, beginning with Rebecca Makkai’s The Great Believers.
This summer, I had the chance to check out the work of poet, critic, and memoirist Maggie Nelson: mini reviews of The Argonauts and Bluets are included below!
Weekly updates and mini poetry reviews for sam sax’s Bury It, Eve Ewing’s Electric Arches, and Hieu Minh Nguyen’s Not Here.
Most people are not, in action, worth very much; and yet, every human being is an unprecedented miracle. One tries to treat them as the miracles they are, while trying to protect oneself against the disasters they’ve become.
—James Baldwin, No Name in the Street