WHAT TO READ
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An independent, non-profit publisher based out of the historic warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis, Graywolf puts out all sorts of titles: memoirs, essays, novels, short stories, and poetry. Whichever shape it takes, a Graywolf book is characterized by deep daring and intelligence – this is one of the hottest lists anywhere in the literary world.
SOME OF OUR FAVOURITES
THE LAST TWO SECONDS Mary Jo Bang
A book of poetry that confronts time – its passing, its promise — and records our experiences of it as filtered through our perceptions, our lives, and our machines.
LEAVING ORBIT by Margaret Lazarus Dean
The achievements of American spaceflight are chronicled in interviews with NASA workers, astronauts, and space fans in attempt to answer to a larger query: what does it mean that a spacefaring nation may not be going to space anymore?
EMPATHY EXAMS by Leslie Jamison
Beginning with her experience as a medical actor who was paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Jamison's visceral and revealing essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about each other? How can we feel another's pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other?
CITIZEN by Claudia Rankine
An essay, a poem, a diary written by one woman on behalf of many people – Citizen records the aggressions directed against racialized bodies in the media and in day-to-day life in the twenty-first century. It asks how these aggressions impact a person’s ability to speak, perform, and stay alive; it charts, with cumulative force, the accumulated stress that racism inflicts on those who must suffer it.