Wurth doesn’t take any easy outs with her main character. In truth, there are no real happy endings for anyone involved, and the ones who do sneak out with some hope do so because they just refuse to stop moving forward.
Angela Jackson-Brown’s novel Drinking from a Bitter Cup is a haunting, desolate story of a young child abandoned in the world. At every page, I wanted to stop reading. But her prose was so effortlessly elegant that I couldn’t.
Here’s what I can tell you: Jared Yates Sexton’s themes largely revolve around the slow death that comes from alcoholism, the wretched crush that comes from poverty, and the emptiness that comes with knowing you can’t do anything about either one of those things.
Lost in Space by Ben Tanzer, who will appear at the Writers Jam, Vol 2, is a wonderful book of essays about fatherhood, which covers topics from exhaustion (“I Need”) to sharing things with your kids (“I Am Your Father”) and death (“The Lion King,” “The Unexamined Life”).
Christian Rudder, one of the founders of the OKCupid dating site, uses big data to explore the “hidden forces” that help shape us as people, and the individual experiences that make understanding humans so difficult.
An asteroid is set to collide with Earth in less than a year, and the world is slowly descending into chaos as the apocalypse nears. As the world falls apart, Det. Henry Palace seeks justice even as the end of the human race looms.
David Eagleman’s book Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain is both a mind-bending walk through the science around the the ideas of “self” and “free will” and a maddening narrative that veers off course.
At its best, the book is a well-argue long-form essay about how Generation X views the phrase “changing the world.” Sometimes that means running neighborhood gardening groups, and sometimes that means founding MeetUp.org.