TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: OLIO, BY TYEHIMBA JESS (2016)

Setting: Most of the lives Jess evokes unfolded in America between the end of the Civil War and the beginning of WWI. Premise: This book is a celebration of the lives and works of several more or less obscure African-American artists and performers, through poetry and poem-like prose. These artists include sculptress Edmonia Lewis, opera singer … Continue reading TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: OLIO, BY TYEHIMBA JESS (2016)

BOOK REVIEW – PIT BULL: THE BATTLE OVER AN AMERICAN ICON, BY BRONWEN DICKEY (2016)

Imagine a future where pets are outlawed. Maybe it's because of some improbable new pandemic. Or maybe it's because of an upgrade to their personhood--suddenly cats and dogs count as "people" and keeping them as property is seen as a violation of their civil rights. These scenarios and others like them are explored in Unpawful, … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW – PIT BULL: THE BATTLE OVER AN AMERICAN ICON, BY BRONWEN DICKEY (2016)

TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE, BY SONNY LIEW (2016)

Setting: Singapore, mostly between the 1940s and 1980s. Premise: The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye is a graphic biography of Singapore’s greatest comic book artist, Singapore’s very own Osamu Tezuka, Stan Lee and Will Eisner, rolled into one. It is also a treasury of excerpts from his greatest works over the decades, from the … Continue reading TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE, BY SONNY LIEW (2016)

TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: THE GREAT SOUL OF SIBERIA, BY SOOYONG PARK (2015)

Setting: The Ussuri Forest, on Siberia's Eastern coast. Premise: Sooyong Park is a wildlife photographer who’s spent most of the last two decades filming tigers while hiding in cramped spaces. This (non-fiction) book is basically a documentary in prose form, charting three generations of the same tiger family. Why you should read this book: (1) For the … Continue reading TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: THE GREAT SOUL OF SIBERIA, BY SOOYONG PARK (2015)

TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: MONGRELS, BY STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES (2015)

Setting: The American South. Premise: Instead of a more conventional plot, the book is divided into episodes that could all work as standalone novellas or short stories. The main focus is on the shifting relationship between the unnamed narrator and his aunt and uncle, both werewolves, over the course of his childhood and teenage years. … Continue reading TODAY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK: MONGRELS, BY STEPHEN GRAHAM JONES (2015)