Author Archive
Feeding the need

Feeding the need

Lara Vapnyar’s Broccoli and Other Tales of Food and Love peeks into the hidden lives of everyday people.

A fugitive by any other name …

A fugitive by any other name …

The relationship between identity and responsibility is explored in Janis Hallowell’s She Was.

Independents’ Day

Independents’ Day

Keli Goff’s Party Crashing: How the Hip-Hop Generation Declared Political Independence takes a look at the evolution of the African American vote.

In tune with the iPod

In tune with the iPod

Steven Levy’s The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness looks at the enormous influence of this tiny portable media player.

The English American

The English American

Alison Larkin’s latest novel explores the rocky boundary between genetic and environmental influences on one’s identity.

Views on politics and religion from around the web

While the intersection of politics and religion is the theme of this month’s InTheFray, a quick look around the Internet makes it clear that we’re not the only ones talking, thinking, and writing about it.

Taking the long view on religion and politics

Taking the long view on religion and politics

A look at Religion in American Politics: A Short History by Frank Lambert.

Rewriting history

Rewriting history

A woman travels halfway around the world to discover her true identity in Vendela Vida’s Let the Northern Lights Erase Your Name.

Riding toward new perceptions

Riding toward new perceptions

200712_OTS.jpgJonathan Mooney chronicles his road trip in his book The Short Bus: A Journey Beyond Normal.

Making lemonade

Making lemonade

200710_offtheshelf.jpgA young woman makes the most of her confusion in Andrea Levy’s Fruit of the Lemon.