This year’s original reviews provide unique insight into the literary world through a distinctly progressive lens, including two National Arts & Entertainment Journalism award-winning pieces by Truthdig contributor Allen Barra and Foreign Editor Natasha Hakimi Zapata. Read the full reviews by clicking on the hyperlinked titles below.
Approaching Vladimir Nabokov’s 120th birthday, Truthdig looks at his friendship and falling-out with another literary giant, Edmund Wilson.
Filipino American author Alex Tizon spent his life raising up the lives of those rendered invisible by society.
Written after the 45th president was inaugurated, Terrance Hayes’ sonnets have an urgency that will leave readers’ heads spinning.
By PAUL VON BLUM
A new anthology shines light on differently abled artists, including Sandie Yi, born with two digits on each hand and foot, whose art forces viewers to reconsider beauty.
By TIM RILEY
Ken Burns’ documentary “Country Music” and its book tie-in present country music with a naive affection that misses key American tensions.
A new book argues weakly for the influence of Ayn Rand on our culture—after all, the dominant classes in America were greedy and selfish from the get-go.
A new book examines how corporate capitalism, through fossil fuel-based technology, has led the world to the point of destruction.
In a time rife with anti-immigrant invective, Truthdig reviews a book that explores a historic episode involving missionaries and migrant Chinese women.
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Eunice Wong is the book review editor of Truthdig, as well as editor of Truthdig’s Countering Violence Against Women series. She has written for Truthdig’s arts and culture section, reviewing theater, film,…