Book Review

Image of a quote from the Evicted book reading, "Today, over 1 in 5 of all renting families in the country spends half of its income on housing." Image of a quote from the Evicted book reading, "Today, over 1 in 5 of all renting families in the country spends half of its income on housing."

The Evicted book by Matthew Desmond may be the most important nonfiction book written in years. And it’s the book I didn’t want to read. After all, there’s no shortage of sources documenting how bad things are for many people. I didn’t want to read a book about how housing costs have made it nearly impossible…

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Cover of "Fatima's Room" by Charlotte S. Gray. Cover of "Fatima's Room" by Charlotte S. Gray.

“Fatima’s Room,” by Charlotte S. Gray, is about a Sudanese girl’s fight for her life. Set in Sudan, the book opens with Fatima being accused of killing her father. She’s held in a room inside her favorite uncle’s house while her family decides her fate. Enter to win a copy of “Fatima’s Room” by publishing the…

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Quote from "Upton and the Army" that reads, "Men, your friends at home and your country expect every man to do his duty on this occasion. Some of us have got to die, but remember you are going to heaven." Quote from "Upton and the Army" that reads, "Men, your friends at home and your country expect every man to do his duty on this occasion. Some of us have got to die, but remember you are going to heaven."

Upton and the Army by Stephen E. Ambrose came to us before we met the Band of Brothers or learned about Undaunted Courage. Ambrose’s first book, Upton and the Army was published in 1963. This was before Watergate and Martin Luther King, Jr.’s, assassination. And it was before the country knew it had in Ambrose…

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Image of the quote from Blood Meridian, "If God meant to interfere in the degeneracy of mankind would he not have done so by now?". Image of the quote from Blood Meridian, "If God meant to interfere in the degeneracy of mankind would he not have done so by now?".

Not long into reading Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy you realize there’s something stuck in your teeth: grit. Yes, the grit and sand covering the land and characters of Blood Meridian are all over you, too. It’s on your tongue, in your pores, and coating your clothes. You don’t read Blood Meridian. You experience it, every…

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah is an immigrant story. But it may not be the immigrant story you expect. You could say immigrants are having a bit of a moment right now. Seemingly a week cannot pass without the President of the United States saying something about immigrants. And then there’s that whole wall thing. Of…

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An image of mountains behind a quote from Idaho by Emily Ruskovich reading "The revelation of kindness hurts worse than cruelty. There is no way to equal it." An image of mountains behind a quote from Idaho by Emily Ruskovich reading "The revelation of kindness hurts worse than cruelty. There is no way to equal it."

Idaho by Emily Ruskovich is a book for people who enjoy a fuse’s slow burn without needing the explosion. Sure, there’s a murder. It’s a heart-wrenching murder. And there’s a mystery. But “Idaho: A Novel” is not a murder mystery, at least not in a traditional sense. In fact, we find out early in the book…

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Passage from Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street" reading, "Sure, religion is a fine influence—got to have it to keep the lower classes in order." Passage from Sinclair Lewis's "Main Street" reading, "Sure, religion is a fine influence—got to have it to keep the lower classes in order."

What’s surprising about Sinclair Lewis’s “Main Street” is how little has changed in the 97 years since the book was published. We’ve fought wars, made our phones into computers, and still, the struggles of America in the 1910s and America in the 2010s are fairly similar. Yes, “Main Street” is a small town story, but…

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What would happen if every American read Toni Morrison’s Beloved? Maybe we’d be a little more understanding. Maybe we’d be a little more appreciative. Understanding and appreciative of what? How about understanding of slavery’s residual impacts. Perhaps appreciate of the benefits we, those of us not belonging to a race that was enslaved, enjoy through…

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