‘Finished Business: My Fifty Years of Headlines, Heroes, and Heartaches’ by Ray Didinger
Head of a journalist, heart of a fan
Famed Philadelphia sports journalist Ray Didinger shares 50 years of a historic career in his new memoir, ‘Finished Business.’ Pamela Forsythe reviews.
'Crying in H Mart’ by Michelle Zauner
The love language of food
In Michelle Zauner’s debut memoir, Crying in H Mart, grief and loss run parallel to heart and humor as a daughter comes to terms with her mother’s death and her Korean American identity. Emily Savidge reviews.
‘The Girl with Stars in Her Eyes’ by Xio Axelrod
Women who rock
In Xio Axelrod’s new novel, love and ambition collide when a young guitarist joins an up-and-coming rock band. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
‘Philadelphia Builds: Essays on Architecture’ by Michael J. Lewis
The future of a modest utopia
‘Philadelphia Builds,’ architectural historian Michael J. Lewis’s latest book, is a new look at this old city, just in time for everyone who’s sick of their own four walls. Gail Obenreder reviews.
‘Red Island House’ by Andrea Lea
The country that claims you
Andrea Lee’s latest novel follows a family over 20 years as they visit their vacation home in Madagascar and witness and participate in the luxury, intrigue, and exploitation of the island and its residents. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
‘Water I Won’t Touch’ by Kayleb Rae Candrilli
Liberation in the trans experience
Kayleb Rae Candrilli’s newest poetry collection, ‘Water I Won’t Touch,’ explores what it means to live amidst crisis—ecological crisis, addiction crisis, and the crisis of endemic transphobia. Matthew John Phillips reviews.
‘My Broken Language’ by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Beauty in brokenness
In her new memoir, playwright Quiara Alegría Hudes writes about coming of age as part of a large Puerto Rican family in North Philadelphia. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
‘Muddy Dragon on the Road to Heaven’ by Grant Clauser
A home for fish and stars
‘Muddy Dragon on the Road to Heaven,’ a new collection from Pennsylvania poet Grant Clauser, evokes the hope of searching for home in a broken world. Kelly Conrad reviews.
‘Travel by Haiku’ by Marshall Deerfield
Take a ride down Route 575
‘Travel by Haiku, volumes 6–10: Far Out on the Road with Friends’ offers free spirits a back seat in a collaborative road trip across the American West. Helen Walsh reviews.
‘Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning’ by Cathy Park Hong
Open demands for justice
Poet and essayist Cathy Park Hong’s ‘Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning’ explores Asian American consciousness and tackles the truth about anti-Asian hate. Christina Anthony considers.