‘Going Into Town’ Celebrates Everything We Love (and Love to Hate) About New York City [REVIEW]

New York City waterbug

In Roz Chast’s love letter to New York, Going Into Town, she reminisces about everything we love and loathe about the Big Apple, including its wildlife. (Illustration by Roz Chast)

From the very first time I stepped foot in New York City as a teenager, I’m one of those people who is simply crazy about the place. I love everything about it: from the sidewalk food vendors to the mom-and-pop coffee shops, from Little Italy and Chinatown to Wall Street and Battery Park. There’s a palpable energy there that throbs with life, like an irresistible rhythm that simply invades my soul, and I feel it every time I arrive. Now author and cartoonist Roz Chast captures every nuance of that experience in her love letter to Manhattan, Going Into Town.  Read more of this post

‘Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race’ Dares to Enlighten [REVIEW]

Race, Feminism and Activism

Chaired by Hannah Pool, Pragna Patel (Director of Southhall Black Sisters), Emma Dabril (Visual Sociologist and Blogger), Reni Eddo-Lodge (Writer and Campaigner) and Shilpa Shah (Co-Founder of the Akashi Project) participate in a panel discussion on Race, Feminism and Activism (Photo by Barrow Cadbury Trust, Flickr)

I have always been keenly aware of racial discrimination, which might seem strange coming from a white man. But growing up in Southern California among a swelling Latino and Asian population, and then in the South where most of my friends had darker skin than I do, I thought I understood the divide. But after reading Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, I now realize why this conversation is still vital, especially now. Read more of this post

‘Claiming My Place’ is a Sobering and Courageous Account of What it Takes to Survive Intolerant Mankind [REVIEW]

Barbara and Sabina in Munich

Barbara (center) and Sabina with other survivors at the Jewish Relief Center at the Deutsches Museum, Munich, fall 1945. (Photo courtesy Farrar Straus Giroux)

Diamond Review BannerA young woman with a bright future ahead of her finds herself trapped at the epicenter of the Holocaust. Using her wits as her only weapon, she is compelled to make a choice that will become her most closely guarded secret, one that will change the very trajectory of her life. Who is Barbara Reichmann? Find out in the unforgettable true story, Claiming My Place. Read more of this post

‘The Woman in the Lake’ is Malevolent and Irresistible [REVIEW]

Nicola Cornick's THE WOMAN IN THE LAKE

Can a gown inspire treachery? (Photo courtesy Graydon House)

He didn’t mean to kill her. He swears the thought had never even entered his mind. Until he saw that dress. Yes, that was it. There was something about that golden gown that made him do the unthinkable. But why? And would anyone ever discover his secret? Find out in Nicola Cornick’s compelling new suspense novel, The Woman in the Lake. Read more of this post

‘Where the Forest Meets the Stars’ Makes Us Believe in Miracles [REVIEW]

Mysterious forest

When the changeling appears mysteriously out of the woods, she changes two people’s lives forever. (Photo by Lee Render, Flickr)

Diamond Review BannerA scientist content to study birds in rural Illinois. A quiet loner who sells eggs on the roadside. A little girl who appears one night with a fantastic story to tell. Where did she come from? What will they do with her? And how will she change their lives? Find out in Glendy Vanderah’s exquisite debut novel, Where the Forest Meets the Stars.  Read more of this post