by Emma Schneider

Familiar Things – Hwang Sok-Yong

FAMILIAR THINGS by renowned South Korean author Hwang Sok-Yong offers a vivid reminder that our mountains of detritus are also a human issue.

Iep Jãltok: Poems from a Marshallese Daughter – Kathy Jetñil-Kijiner

Iep Jãltok encourages readers to join the poetic speaker in questioning the narratives of history and realizing the complexity alive in everyday diction and decisions.

Theorizing Sound Writing – ed. Deborah Kapchan

THEORIZING SOUND WRITING describes itself as not just describing or analyzing sound, but as a form that “is the inscriptive dimension of listening” — the trace that listening leaves behind.

The Mountains of Parnassus – Czeslaw Milosz

As Milosz himself notes in the introduction to the text, the form of the novel evades him; in The Mountains of Parnassus, he seeks a new form of novel.

The Work-Shy – Blunt Research Group

THE WORK-SHY demonstrates what Toni Morrison calls “re-membering” in that it gives shape to the embodied lives of people who have suffered the violence of oppression even in how they are written into/out of history.

A Lady and Her Husband – Amber Reeves

A LADY AND HER HUSBAND delves into generational differences, showing the ways that progressive movements depend on intergenerational communication.

Integrity – Anna Borgeryd

Rather than falling into conventional narratives, eco-fiction needs to underscore the need for traditional environmentalism to question its own positions of privilege and provide a space for imagining non-normative paths to sustainability if it is to inspire genuine social justice.

The Man Who Spoke Snakish – Andrus Kivirähk

Deeply anti-religious, the novel questions society’s ability to believe one set of mystical explanations while rejecting behaviors as primitive that have directly enabled their survival for generations.

Bats of the Republic – Zachary Thomas Dodson

Dodson seems to ask: why have we left the pages of books so dry when we can do so much?

Seveneves – Neal Stephenson

Seveneves reflects on the destruction of life on Earth, the construction of a human habitat in space, and the eventual revival of and return to planet.