The Anthropocene is the current geologic age, in which humans have profoundly reshaped the planet and its biodiversity. In this remarkable symphony of essays adapted from his groundbreaking podcast, bestselling author John Green reviews different facets of the human-centered planet on a five-star scale. Read the first few pages of The Anthropocene Reviewed here.
At the age of fourteen, Ian Manuel was sentenced to life in prison. He survived eighteen years in solitary confinement until he was freed as part of an incredible crusade by the Equal Justice Initiative. My Time Will Come is an inspiring story of a man who transcended adversity through determination and art—in Ian Manuel’s case, through his dedication to writing poetry. Read more here.
Eric Nguyen debuts with a stunning novel about an immigrant Vietnamese family who settles in New Orleans and struggles to remain connected to one another as their lives are inextricably reshaped. Things We Lost to the Water is an exquisite tale-telling of love, survival, loss, and a sense of family. Read more here.
Jean Kyoung Frazier's debut novel, Pizza Girl, is a coming-of-age novel about an audacious and wryly funny pregnant pizza delivery girl who becomes obsessed with one of her customers. Read more here.
Maggie O'Farell's Hamnet confronts a parent's greatest woe: the loss of a child. This fictional account imagines the emotional repercussions of Shakespeare and his wife after they lose their only son, 11-year-old Hamnet, to the black plague in 1596. Read more here.
A riveting historical fiction that takes readers back to 1662, Chris Bohjalian's Hour of the Witch illustrates a life of a Puritan woman who plots her escape from a violent marriage; risking her life to file for divorce. It is a is a timely and terrifying story of socially sanctioned brutality and the original American witch hunt. Read more here.
Ralph Ellison, an American master, tells a dramatic story encapsulating the violent and atrocity inflicted on generations of women, men, and children. Juneteenth (Revised) is a historical fiction about the war they fought to make lives with people they loved. Read more here.
Michelle Zauner tells her story of growing up as one of the few Asian American kids at her school, of struggling with her mother's expectations, of a painful adolescence, of months spent with her grandmother in Seoul. And then the beginning of her adulthood as she moves to the East Coast for college, working in the restaurant industry, and gigs with her fledgling band, and realizing her Koreanness began to feel more distant. Read more here.
We explore the silent conversations we have with ourselves with acclaimed psychologist Ethan Kross in his book Chatter. With tools hidden in plain sight, readers can make their inner voice work in their favor. Read the first few pages on the blog.