Exorcising, Freeing, and Healing Trauma

Exorcising, Freeing, and Healing Trauma

by Krystal Sierra April 2, 2021 As You Were by David Tromblay [CW: sexual assault, violence, animal abuse] Extreme. That’s one way to describe David Tromblay’s As You Were. Another way is horrific. A memoir that speaks to American Indian art, culture, history, and...
Next Stop, Middle-Aged Fatherhood

Next Stop, Middle-Aged Fatherhood

by Cyndie Zikmund March 2, 2021 Delusions of Grandeur: American Essays by Joey Franklin “Certainly, I am as inclined as anyone to run away from uncomfortable truths, but for too long, delusional thinking has been killing us softly, one narcissistic fairy tale at a...
The People We Once Were

The People We Once Were

by Mark Neely February 5, 2021 A Fish Growing Lungs: Essays by Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn At the heart of Alysia Li Ying Sawchyn’s impressive debut is the moment when, after being found by her mother in a state of distress, she winds up, at eighteen, in a locked hospital...
Reckoning with Not-Knowing

Reckoning with Not-Knowing

by Joanna Eleftheriou December 2, 2020 Dispatches from the End of Ice by Beth Peterson   The Memory Eaters by Elizabeth Kadetsky Two wonderfully readable recent books probe the authors’ past losses in order to reimagine their and our futures. Dispatches from the...
What It Means to Bless

What It Means to Bless

by Debbie Hagan November 2, 2020 The Blessing by Gregory Orr Reissued Nonfiction Classics Do I dare say my brother’s death was a blessing?  This first line in Gregory Orr’s memoir serves like a Dutch tilt in cinema. His canted lens disorients us, perhaps to throw us...