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Leslie Jamison on the Best Book She Ever Got as a Present
The author, whose new essay collection is “Make It Scream, Make It Burn,” says that a boyfriend gave her a “Choose Your Own Adventure” novel with a secret message inside. “I don’t think I fully appreciated this gesture at the time; now I do!”
Confronting Grief, Mental Illness and Marginalization, in Verse
Four poetry collections — “Be Recorder,” by Carmen Giménez Smith; “Odes to Lithium,” by Shira Erlichman; “Grief Sequence,” by Prageeta Sharma; and “Eyes Bottle Dark With a Mouthful of Flowers,” by Jake Skeets — explore narratives of belonging and identity.
Love Among the Ruins
In Stella Tillyard’s novel “Call Upon the Water,” a 17th-century Dutch engineer sets out to drain the English fenlands, but finds his spirit drained instead.