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The Best of Brevity: Twenty Groundbreaking Years of Flash Nonfiction

There is something for everybody here, and since the writings are short, it is a perfect companion for moments of waiting. Because all of Brevity’s essays, and some additional resources, are free online, the anthology makes a useful tool for both teaching flash nonfiction and learning how to write it.

A Handful of Earth, A Handful of Sky: The World of Octavia Butler

Filled with Butler’s voice, photos of lists, notebooks, and other ephemera, this volume outlines a life map, a model, a vision of possibilities that is sure to inspire budding writers to, as Butler did, imagine a world that is different and make a place for themselves in it. Also a must-read for Butler fans.

Just Us: An American Conversation

“How does one say/ what if/ without reproach?” asks Rankine, and proceeds to show us. In the end it is “just us” wanting “justice,” which will require whiteness to be visible and interrogated. A must-read to add to the conversation on racism, antiracism, and white fragility.

The Toni Morrison Book Club

All who pick up this book, from Morrison devotees to newcomers, will discover lessons in the literature to apply to their own lives. They will also feel inspired and wish to be part of a Toni Morrison Book Club of their own.

Some of Us Are Very Hungry Now: Essays

The strong writing, creative genre use, and authentic voice add up to some high-impact essays.

The Collector of Leftover Souls: Field Notes on Brazil’s Everyday Insurrections

Beautifully translated from Portuguese by Whitty, these accounts make up an unforgettable compilation documenting the lives of those largely underrepresented in literature. While the stories are specifically Brazilian, the insights they reveal are universal.

Goodness and the Literary Imagination

Interestingly, the essayists here, rather than literary experts, specialize in religion, history, theology, and ethics, which provides a refreshing analysis and perspective on Morrison’s work and a valuable contribution to Morrison scholarship.

Vanity Fair’s Women on Women

A perfect book for dipping into when something longer and more involved would be too much. There are plenty of “I didn’t know that” moments in spite of how well known many of these talented women will be to readers.


You Don’t Know Me: The Incarcerated Women of York Prison Voice Their Truths

The writing is polished and the stories compelling and often heartbreaking, but what this volume does best is change the women from faceless criminals into human beings deserving of dignity and compassion. For literary and sociology collections.


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