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Book Review: Alexander Chee’s How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

Alexander Chee stands in the middle of this well-worn and well-loved collection of oddities. As you walk through, picking items up and putting them back down, he tells you about them, talking as much to history and to himself as he is to you.

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Book Review: Hanna Alkaf’s The Weight of Our Sky

What struck me hardest about The Weight of Our Sky is the tenderness and care that Alkaf imbues in her writing, without sacrificing any of the brutality of historical events. The book is careful not to tip the blame for the riots in one direction or the other, but subtly weaves relevant details into the narrative.

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The Case for Choosing Poetry: An Annotation of Iron Goddess of Mercy

Renn did a special review that includes some annotated portions of this book. If you’ve ever wanted to get a glimpse of how we read, or just how other folks digest their literature, check it out!

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Book Review: Min Jin Lee’s Pachinko

However, our choice of Pachinko was rooted in its status as the first English-language novel depicting the history of Koreans in Japan. Lee follows several generations of the Baek family as they struggle to survive in a country that hates them, and one they did not exactly come to by choice.

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