Facing Facts, Facing Reality: On Deborah Nelson’s “Tough Enough”

In a culture that often derides women, both private and public, for expressing and engaging seriously with feelings, the six women discussed in   Tough Enough   have, to varying degrees, been accused of the opposite, their work being too austere, too cold, too unfeeling. Yet, she remains interested in exploring their ideas and works

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Half-Full of Grace

Thanks to church, I have a much stronger sense of the sort of person I would like to be, and I am forced to confront all the ways in which I fail, daily. Even without full knowledge or understanding of how the prayer will be received, it is comforting to offer up one’s wishes for

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“The Things That Scare You”: Dominique Goblet’s “Pretending Is Lying”

But the same enchanting mother can be glimpsed, if barely, somewhere even in the midst of the violent and abusive interactions: that long, straight hair; the tall, commanding pose; those clear, square-shaped glasses. She has not seen her alcoholic father since she herself became a mother. As the story arrives at its gracious, lyrical conclusion,

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Hamad AlHamady’s ‘Is There More?’: New Emirati Thriller in Translation

“These chests here contain MP5s, lightweight and precise in aim, can withstand the harshest weather conditions. She’s also an Arabic translator and litterateur who holds a MA in Modern Arabic Literature from the School of Oriental and African Studies. is a fast-paced thriller based on real-life events surrounding the biggest known planned terrorist attack on

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