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14 books by way of black authors which can be shaping our dialog about race

Sometimes the best way to understand the world around us is to stop and pick up a book. That’s certainly true of race and power in America. Whether it’s through thoughtful essays, gripping fiction, or haunting poems, contemporary black authors have been publishing a number of books that are shaping our conversations about race for...CONTINUE READING

The ultimate MashReads guide to summer reading

It’s officially summer, which means you have more hours of sweet daylight to spend tackling your the books you’ve been neglecting or those beach reads you’ve been saving.  We at MashReads always delight in sharing book recommendations with you, but this week (before we take a brief hiatus) we decided to talk all things summer,...CONTINUE READING

‘The Pisces’ is dark tale about mental health, obsession, and, um, lots of mermaid sex

When you think of mermaids, you probably think of The Little Mermaid’s Ariel earnestly yearning to be “a part of your world.” What you probably don’t think of is a merman dragging himself along rocks and sand to a wagon so that he can be carried to a house on Venice Beach where he will...CONTINUE READING

Alex London puts a queer twist on the fantasy epic with his new book ‘Black Wings Beating’

Even the most imaginative fantasy novels are frequently inspired by real world eventsGame of Thrones, for instance, draws from the War of the Roses and J.R.R. Tolkein was said to have been influenced by World War I when he created Middle Earth. But for Alex London’s upcoming novel Black Wings Beating, the inspiration came from...CONTINUE READING

‘Florida’ is a haunting look at the ‘pestilence and dread’ hiding in the sunshine state

Lauren Groff knows what you think of when you think of Florida: Disney, Miami, Florida Man. But in her new book Florida, the writer describes a different tenor to the sunshine state. “My Florida is different. My Florida is full of pestilence and dread,” Groff told MashReads. SEE ALSO: 7 essays that every David Sedaris...CONTINUE READING

‘Little Fires Everywhere’ is a beautiful novel that takes you places you’ll never expect to go

In Celeste Ng’s second novel Little Fires Everywhere, we’re introduced to two families: the Richardsons and the Warrens.  On the surface, the Richardsons are the kind of family you might see in a stock photo framed in Target. They live in Shaker Heights, a Cleveland suburb known for order. But Little Fires Everywhere introduces us...CONTINUE READING

‘An American Marriage’ is a beautiful love story that’s as heartbreaking as it is complex

Much has been said about love in literature. True love’s first kiss will cure all. The greatest gift we have is love. Love is the most powerful magic.  But Tayari Jones knows the truth: “How you feel love and understand love are two different things.” Or so she writes in her 2017 novel, An American...CONTINUE READING

7 essays that every David Sedaris fan should read

The latest book from writer David Sedaris, Calypso, hits shelves on Tuesday, adding yet another tome to the writer’s stellar collection. The book is his 12th overall, which means that after you’re done, there’s still a whole body of work to continue to explore.  And, yet, with so many books, essays, and stories circulating from...CONTINUE READING
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