by Emma Schneider

The Tusk That Did the Damage – Tania James

The elephant carries what would otherwise be a thoughtful narrative of an American twenty-something.

Black Diamond – Zakes Mda

Unlike many Apartheid novels that stick to one location or group, Black Diamond depicts a South Africa where every group is present and no powerful white man is in sight.

By Night the Mountain Burns – Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel

It is a melodic text rife with images of hollowed canoes and mist-enveloped mountains.

Into the Go-Slow – Bridgett M. Davis

Into the Go-Slow highlights the difficulty of understanding the world’s many contrasts and contradictions.

Marta Oulie – Sigrid Undset

Marta Oulie provides a stark, yet personal addition to the conversations of early 20th century Western women writers such as Virginia Woolf and Kate Chopin.

The Parallel Apartments – Bill Cotter

I laughed aloud more than once, but I also had to close the book at one point to stem my nausea.

Three Strong Women – Marie NDiaye

NDiaye’s women are not strong due to their ability to overcome their trials or by doing something extraordinary.

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker

Walker’s prose, like her imagining, is competent, but also rather predictable.

Stairs and Stares: A Look at Downton Abbey and its Ancestry

There is something doubly satisfying about watching a program which allows modern viewers to imagine themselves both as a lounging aristocrat and as a hyper-attentive servant.

Rare Earth – Paul Mason

Rather than leaving readers to guess what has been left out, as in a news article, Rare Earth forces readers to filter reality through its virile, imaginative expanse.