Rachel Pastan talks women in science and her new book In the Field
Getting the science right
Rachel Pastan's book In the Field, her fourth novel, borrows inspiration from pioneer geneticist Barbara McClintock and illuminates women's journeys working in science. Kimberly Haas profiles.
The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia: History, Culture, People, and Ideas, edited by Andrea Canepari and Judith Goode
A bridge to Italy
For at least three centuries, Italian culture has been an important part of our region. The Italian Legacy in Philadelphia, a new book from Temple University Press, takes a multifaceted look at Philly’s Italian story. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
The Rise: Kobe Bryant and the Pursuit of Immortality by Mike Sielski
Mamba mentality in the city of brotherly love
The new book about the late Kobe Bryant captures his early days, his high school and NBA career, and his achievements and failures with a Philadelphia-centric lens. Stephen Silver reviews.
The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan
Bad mothers learning to be good
In Jessamine Chan’s debut novel The School for Good Mothers, Frida’s very bad day results in her child being taken away and Frida sent to a school where mothers must learn to be “good” or lose their children. Kirsten Bowen reviews.
We are Not Like Them by Christine Pride and Jo Piazza
An honest reflection of Philly
In this new novel by Philly coauthors Christine Pride and Jo Piazza, the lifelong friendship of two women is tested by a tragedy that feels all too familiar. Helene Cohen Bludman reviews.
American Lit Remixed by Melissa Strong
Rocking the world of contemporary literature
We usually herald the digital age as a blow to the music and publishing industries, but in her new book, American Lit Remixed, Melissa Strong argues that an exciting synergy is emerging. Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer reviews.
The Weekly Roundup, December 1-8
First Friday at the Barnes, healing with Theatre Exile, ¡Parranda!, and more
Yolanda Wisher & the Afroeaters pay a visit to the Barnes, a restorative healing workshop at Theatre Exile, Jingle Jawn, and more. Kyle V. Hiller rounds up the week.
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Slavery and Abolition in Pennsylvania, by Beverly C. Tomek
The truth about slavery in the Keystone State
Pennsylvania’s abolitionist Quakers ended slavery in the commonwealth long before any other state, right? A new book from Temple University Press explains that there’s a lot more to the story. Pamela J. Forsythe reviews.
Winter in Bellapalma and Ere the Cock Crows by Jens Bjørneboe; translated by Esther Greenleaf Mürer
Two Norwegian novels get new life in Philly
Philly poet and author Esther Greenleaf Mürer translates two novels by noted Norwegian author Jens Bjørneboe, who is less well-known here. Both Winter in Bellapalma and Ere the Cock Crows leave the reader at loose ends. Helen Walsh reviews.
The Bourgeois Anarchist by Sam Gridley
Waiting for the revolution
In Sam Gridley’s new Philly-set novella, a now-privileged teacher grapples with her anarchist past as she continues to join leftwing activists. Walter Bilderback reviews.