The year is 1920, and pioneers Jack and Mabel have recently abandoned their lives “back East” to start over in Alaska. Eowyn Ivey is not only a creative writer but also an emotive one, and “The Snow Child” triumphs through the sheer force of her prose.
I was a city girl seeing the world from behind the wheel for the first time. Somehow, on one of my first steps towards being a “real” adult, I rediscovered my childhood—long car rides are nothing without good music. I started looking through my dad’s massive CD collection for new tunes to carry me through daily jaunts and weekend trips, and, along the way, I alighted on the old Emmylou CDs.
Though “How About I Be Me” occasionally struggles with inherent thematic inconsistency, the album—which centers around the risks and rewards of love—is an intensely moving and often beautiful collection.
Ayad Akhtar’s capable, imaginative prose brings to life the story of Hayat Shah, a young Pakistani-American boy growing up in the suburbs of Milwaukee. His spiritual crisis forms the crux of this coming-of-age tale.
Norwegian author Kjersti A. Skomsvold’s debut novel explores the meaning and purpose of life from an unlikely perspective: that of a near-centenarian recluse who, in her last breaths of life, sets out to make her mark in a world she no longer understands.