MEM by Bethany C. Morrow (Alternate History SF Novel, 2018). In this version of the 1920’s, we’re a couple decades into an odd new technology where doctors can remove selected memories from patients. In the process, these memories are brought to a separate life. These artificially created people, called ‘Mems,’ are exact duplicates of their ‘Sources’ […]Read more "REVIEWED: MEM"
It All Falls Down by Sheena Kamal (Crime/Thriller, 2018). Canada’s disastrous 1950s-era policy of adopting out indigenous children to non-Native American (or as they say in Canada, First Nations) families provides the background for author Sheena Kamal’s novels revolving around Nora Watts. I missed the first of these, The Lost Ones, but this is the second and […]Read more "REVIEWED: It All Falls Down"
The Court Dancer by Kyung-Sook Shin (Historical Novel, 2018). Kyung-Sook Shin is one of South Korea’s most prominent and awarded novelists. She also hit the New York Times bestseller list with Please Look After Mom. Her newest book is a historical novel, evoking the last years of the 19th century. The previously isolationist Kingdom of Korea is slowly opening […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Court Dancer"
The Death of Truth by Michiko Kakutani (Political/Cultural Essays, 2018). The author, a well-known literary critic and astute cultural observer, here offers “Notes On Falsehood In The Age Of Trump” (to quote the 208-page book’s subtitle). The book is already a best-seller, and deservedly so. It’s a levelheaded look at how respect for the facts, upon […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Death of Truth"
Stray City by Chelsey Johnson (Contemporary Novel, 2018). In the last months of the 20th century, Andrea Morales is a 20-something artist who has left behind her very conventional Midwestern Catholic upbringing for life as part of the thriving and politically active lesbian community of Portland, Oregon. Most of her associates, friends and lovers are (like […]Read more "REVIEWED: Stray City"
Decarcerating America edited by Ernest Drucker (Nonfiction, Criminal Justice Reform Anthology, 2018). It’s a sad truth that we’re much more familiar with the word incarceration than its polar opposite (as per the title of this book). While the United States has only about 5% of the planet’s population, it also has 25% of all the people held in the […]Read more "REVIEWED: Decarcerating America"
Barracoon: The Story of the Last “Black Cargo” by Zora Neale Hurston (Historical Folk Memoir, 2018). Zora Neale Hurston was one of the bright lights in the flowering of African-American culture centered in Harlem in the 1920s. An acclaimed novelist, antropologist and folklorist, she published numerous short stories, nonfiction articles, essays and seven books in her […]Read more "REVIEWED: Barracoon"