Zadie Smith’s ‘On Beauty’ explores femininity, womanhood

“It’s easy to confuse a woman for a philosophy.” These words, penned by Zadie Smith in her book “On Beauty,” surmise the insight Smith provides on how women view themselves and how society views women. Smith is the 2022 recipient of the PEN/Audible Literary Service Award, which “honors an important writer whose work has drawn [...]

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‘The School for Good Mothers’ is 2022’s must-read dystopia

“A mother is always patient. A mother is always kind. A mother is always giving. A mother never falls apart. A mother is the buffer between her child and the cruel world.”  Courtesy of The book’s premise is similar to that of the novel “1984,” except the evil government entity is Child Protective Services [...]

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Miranda’s Bookshelf: ‘Crying in H Mart’ captures love, loss through culinary connection

“Love was an action, an instinct, a response roused by unplanned moments and small gestures, an inconvenience in someone else’s favor.” Photo Courtesy of Leaving readers with teary-eyes and rumbling-stomachs, Michelle Zauner’s “Crying in H Mart” portrays hunger as an abstract emotion and grief as a physical sensation. The 2021 memoir explores Zauner’s mother’s [...]

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