Poems, Short Stories, and Essays Round-Up (9/3/20)

Today’s spotlight is on bite-sized literary goodness: intimate essays on race, short stories that blend mythic and modern, and poems exploring the female experience.

JUST US: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine

4 starred reviews and an Indie Next pick!

“Rankine once again opens a literary window into the Black experience, for those willing to look in.”–Booklist, starred review

“A must-read to add to the conversation on racism, antiracism, and white fragility.”–Library Journal, starred review

“A work that should move, challenge, and transform every reader who encounters it.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Rankine highlights the necessity of having uncomfortable conversations in order to understand both the experiences of other people and one’s own needs and beliefs.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

LIKES by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum

2 starred reviews!

“As clean prose dissects messy lives, these stories combine an empathetic heart with acute understanding.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With the exuberance of the best Elizabeth McCracken stories and the insights of Tessa Hadley, these tales are at once gorgeously rendered and empathetic. This has the feel of an instant classic.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

SWIMMING LESSONS: Poems by Lili Reinhart

A debut collection of poems from actress and mental health advocate Lili Reinhart about coming of age and the female experience.

JUST US: An American Conversation by Claudia Rankine; 9781644450215; available 9/8/20.
LIKES by Sarah Shun-lien Bynum; 9780374191948; available now.
SWIMMING LESSONS: Poems by Lili Reinhart; 9781250261748; available 9/29/20.

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