After reading Michel Stone’s The Iguana Tree, you may never think of The American Dream the same way again. For Hector and Lilia, the protagonists of Stone’s spare and striking debut novel, that dream—of immigrating to the United States, of … Read More
In 2009, American novelist and journalist Masha Hamilton founded the Afghan Women’s Writing Project (AWWP), a nonprofit that recently published its first collection of poems and essays, The Sky Is a Nest of Swallows. Written by 25 of the nearly … Read More
To read Jennifer Harbury’s books is to chart her progress toward becoming one of this nation’s most esteemed agitators. Almost 30 years ago, this Harvard-educated attorney made her first trip from Texas to Guatemala as a human rights observer. The … Read More
Mary Boykin Chesnut’s A Diary from Dixie is among America’s most morally conflicting literary masterpieces—and now, thanks to her great-great grandniece, Martha M. Daniels, it’s finally been restored to its original, disquieting glory. A wry bon vivant of Charleston’s planter … Read More
“Holy Ghost Girl”, a new memoir by Donna M. Johnson, tells the remarkable story of the author’s childhood among the followers of Brother David Terrell, the last of the great tent-revival preachers of the fabled Sawdust Trail, an evangelical circuit … Read More
In Search of Edward Swift.
I discovered Edward Swift-the Texas writer who made me love the place I’m from-after moving from Huntsville to New York City. At the time, I was struggling to write a comedy on the unlikely subject of growing up gay in … Read More
When Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey-that classy, classic-penning author of the trailblazing A Woman of Independent Means-told me over dinner in Los Angeles last January that she’d recently devoted herself to anti-war work, I remembered Ann Richards. And that of the many … Read More