From the Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2015. When experienced falconer Helen MacDonald loses her father – a healthy photojournalist, he collapsed on a London street while on assignment – she experiences the “normal madnesses of grief.” Then come perceptual distortions, and “the world itself started to grieve.” She has recurring dreams of the only raptor she swore she’d never train: the goshawk, a “spooky, pale-eyed psychopath.”
Soon, she is buying and training one.
Mona Eltahawy’s Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution
From the Philadelphia Inquirer, May 2105. In Headscarves and Hymens, Egyptian American journalist Mona Eltahawy provokes a globally critical question: Can genuine democracy take root in countries where half the population is oppressed by the other half?
First appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle in April, 2014. In a more playful world, Siri Hustvedt’s 10th book, “The Blazing World,” wouldn’t be marketed as a novel, but as what it purports to be – an anthology. The wonder is that Hustvedt’s experiment in fragmentation tells a coherent and moving story, with a beginning, middle and end.
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