‘A Girl of the Limberlost’ by Gene Stratton-Porter
Revealing nature, redefining women
City dwellers and suburbanites tired of staying home should try ‘A Girl of the Limberlost,’ an early 20th-century treasure ripe for rediscovery by pandemic-weary readers. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
‘QualityLand’ by Marc-Uwe Kling, translated by Jamie Lee Searle
A customized world—for whom?
What if a nationwide rating system governed our lives? Marc-Uwe Kling’s dystopian 'QualityLand' imagines a world that might be right around the corner. Elisa Shoenberger reviews
‘Ambushing the Void’ by James McAdams
Salvation in others?
The inhabitants of ‘Ambushing the Void,’ the debut collection by Philly native James McAdams, search for connection and meaning wherever they can find it, but the tables are always turning. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
‘Little Weirds’ by Jenny Slate
Permission to wander
Actor, comedian, and writer Jenny Slate’s Little Weirds, a vulnerable and tender collection of offbeat essays, explores friendship, self-love, divorce, freedom, and just being a total weirdo. Christina Anthony reviews.
‘Doc: The Life of Roy Halladay,’ by Todd Zolecki
What fans didn’t see
In his new biography of late Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay, longtime local baseball writer Todd Zolecki shows how even the best athletes are facing more struggles than you know. Stephen Silver reviews.
‘Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right’ by Michael Smerconish
Stuck in the middle with us
Doylestown native and national pundit and author Michael Smerconish staked his career on a middle ground in an increasingly polarized world. ‘Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right’ collects his columns between 2002 and 2016. Pamela Forsythe reviews.
Sign up for our newsletter
All of the week's new articles, all in one place. Sign up for the free weekly BSR newsletters, and don't miss a conversation.
‘The Art of Noticing’ by Rob Walker
Readers on notice
Turning off or turning on the TV is one way to get through. Rob Walker suggests something else. Gail Obenreder reviews ‘The Art of Noticing.’
‘Transitional Times Transitional Body’ by M. Téllez
The bond of uncertain futures
'Transitional Times Transitional Body,' a Philly-based collection of speculative fiction, lifts traditional boundaries on bodies, relationships, and the choices we make to survive. Corey Qureshi reviews.
‘Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot’ by Mikki Kendall
Is feminism the answer?
Mikki Kendall’s ‘Hood Feminism’ argues that feminism is a movement that forgot Black women. Reviewer Lindsay Gary wonders whom the book is truly addressing, and why it ignores long-established scholarship in fields like African womanism.