Salvadoran journalist Óscar Martínez’s harrowing new book is a plea for comprehension of the terror that drives people from Central America to the U.S. Read More
From the isolation of a psych ward, Mexican immigrant Martín Ramírez became a 20th century master.
From the isolation of a psych ward, Mexican immigrant Martín Ramírez became a 20th century master. The content of Ramírez’s drawings shows that he was driven by a strong need for expression, communication, and recognition. Read More
The Observer’s criteria for book reviews is intentionally vague, so we can include anything with a connection to Texas that’s well worth reading. In 2015, Observer reviews covered fiction, essays, poetry, politics, economics, sociology — even cooking. Here are our five favorite books we reviewed in 2015. Read More
The book is a love letter between friends and a raw, post-mortem plea, all the more wrenching for its futility. Hersh writes:“We all tried to keep you talking, because shutting up is shutting down, and we were already a little lonely knowing how close you were to checking out.” Read More
In 'The Jemima Code,' Toni Tipton-Martin introduces readers to the African-American women who created Southern cooking.
In The Jemima Code: Two Centuries of African American Cookbooks, Tipton-Martin describes Southern cooking as a fusion of African, European and Caribbean cooking created by blacks but credited to white people. Read More