BOOK REVIEWS

MOTHER IS A VERB

By Sarah Knott

 

Historian Sarah Knott draws on anecdote, oral history, poetry, statistics and personal experience to paint this picture of mothers’ experiences across the centuries.

Read the review in Ploughshares.

BLACK IS THE BODY

By Emily Bernard

 

In these essays, Emily Bernard creates a memoir of her life as a girl in Nashville, graduate student at Yale and now mother, wife, friend and professor at University of Vermont. At the border where black and white Americans meet, she finds fear, anger, understanding and love.        

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THE ENSEMBLE

By Aja Gabel

 

The Ensemble follows the principals of a string quartet from their student days into middle adulthood. Without ever sounding pretentious, Aja Gabel contemplates how her characters make meaning in their lives.

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THE ART OF THE WASTED DAY

By Patricia Hampl

 

Patricia Hampl has previously written about childhood, parochial school, her father, her Czech extended family, works of art she loves and the essayist Montaigne. In her most recent set of essays she dips into all of that, but adds a portrait of her husband, written from her new perspective as a recent widow.  

Read the review in Ploughshares.