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Damn Interesting. Gender Matters? Swedish Picture Books and Gender Ambiguity. Back in June, Laura Reiko Simeon wrote about how race is handled in Swedish picture books.

Gender Matters? Swedish Picture Books and Gender Ambiguity

We’re thrilled to host Laura again as she sheds light on how Swedish picture books handle gender and gender-ambiguous characters. You sit down with your favorite 4-year-old to read a sweet, wordless picture book featuring a little duck swimming down the river. White Girls (paperback) - The McSweeney's Store. White Girls, Hilton Als’s first book since The Women sixteen years ago, finds one of the New Yorker’s boldest cultural critics deftly weaving together his brilliant analyses of literature, art, and music with fearless insights on race, gender, and history.

White Girls (paperback) - The McSweeney's Store

The result is an extraordinary, complex portrait of “white girls,” as Als dubs them—an expansive but precise category that encompasses figures as diverse as Truman Capote and Louise Brooks, Michael Jackson and Flannery O’Connor. In pieces that hairpin between critique and meditation, fiction and nonfiction, high culture and low, the theoretical and the deeply personal, Als presents a stunning portrait of a writer by way of his subjects, and an invaluable guide to the culture of our time.

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht. Masterfully Woven Tapestry THE TIGER'S WIFE by Téa Obreht ?????

The Tiger's Wife by Téa Obreht

Unbelievably good first novel! Ms. Obreht is going to be fun to watch over the coming years. Initially, I turned down an advanced reader copy of this one because the plot sounded a little chaotic to me. The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan. A strong defense of the skeptical paradigm.

The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark by Carl Sagan

Sagan is a generally good writer, and in this now-classic book he penned a strong and usually compelling defense of the skeptical paradigm. The book is replete with good examples, and has several chapters well worth reading for those who are either budding skeptics, or are interested in learning about how to think critically and scientifically. The man, to be sure, understood science and was a solid critical thinker. We'll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger's Daughter by Rachael Hanel. Book Review: 'Angelica's Smile' The Inspector Montalbano books, by Italian author Andrea Camilleri, supply everything I need for the beach.

Book Review: 'Angelica's Smile'

A good mystery. An exotic location — in this case, the beaches and piazzas of Sicily. And great writing that wears its fineness lightly, and keeps the pages turning. The Barbarians: An Essay On the Mutation of Culture: Alessandro Baricco, Stephen Sartarelli: 9780847842919: Amazon.com: Books. Catalog your books online.

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