Unchecked Complacency and Privilege: On Prayaag Akbar’s ‘Leila’

https://images.amazon.com/images/P/0143126997.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg The first day of this year marked an important event for the Dalit community in India. Historically marginalized by the caste system, where a Brahmin is ascribed the status of priest and scholar of religious texts, and the Dalits (formerly called “Untouchable Hindus”) are declared “impure” owing to the economic functions they are to […]

On Imitation

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/mirror.jpg The first time I stole, I was told it was wrong. It was borrowed from a Garfield cartoon—one character says, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” and then in the next panel, a dictionary falls on his head. I thought it was funny; I included it in […]

Motherhood as Muse

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/hands.jpg 1. We were living in Philadelphia with our twin 13-month-old daughters when one night I returned from the store to find my husband holding E, her face blue. Her arms and legs made a slow but steady jerk jerk jerk, only her eyes were closed and when we lifted her lids the pupils darted […]

How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolution to Read More

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/reader.jpg It’s the first week of February and I’ve already failed in my resolution to read more books. Between the ever-accelerating news cycle, snow days, weekend road trips, and the three-month-old baby who is smile-drooling by my side as I write this, I’ve started six books and finished exactly…one.[1] I’m probably the last person who […]

Two Epic Love Stories for Black History Month, and Every Other Month Too

https://images.amazon.com/images/P/0061120065.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg This year, after 40 years, I finally learned how Black History Month came to be. It emerged out of the efforts of a former slave named Richard Robert Wright Sr. He thought that February 1, the day Abraham Lincoln signed the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, should be commemorated across the nation; a year after he died, […]

An Intimate Eclipse

https://themillions.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/Total_Solar_Eclipse_over_Newberry_South_Carolina.jpg 1. In August, my family traveled to Kansas to be in the path of totality for the eclipse. We decided to watch from a farm on the Platte River. My husband, Nick, and I would be traveling from Connecticut with my parents; our two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Thea; and seven-month-old son, Simon, so a reasonable flight […]

Tuesday New Release Day: Emezi; Goldberg; Nathan; Macy; Vlautin; Rothman-Zecher; Dolnick

[og_img] Out this week: Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi; The Château by Paul Goldberg; Some Hell by Patrick Nathan; Mrs. by Caitlin Macy; Don’t Skip Out on Me by Willy Vlautin; Sadness Is a White Bird by Moriel Rothman-Zecher; and The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick. Want to learn more about upcoming titles? Then read our most recent book preview. Want to help The Millions keep churning out great books coverage? Then become a member today. The post Tuesday New Release Day: Emezi; […]

2018 Caldecott, Newberry Winners and More Announced

https://images.amazon.com/images/P/0062414151.01.MZZZZZZZ.jpg The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of the 2018 Youth Media Awards including the John Newbery Medal for most outstanding contribution to children’s literature; the Randolph Caldecott Medal for most distinguished American picture book for children; and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for an US-published author or illustrator who over the years has […]