An eclectic round-up of the favorite books of the year from our critics.
Claudia Rankine comes off like a disgruntled but interesting guest at a dinner party who keeps turning the conversation back to subjects that make others uncomfortable but are well worth talking about and seriously examining.
A more accurate title for Ibram X Kendi’s engaging and compelling book might be:” How I learned to think like an antiracist and how you can too.”
According to Sarah Kendzior, “we have a transnational crime syndicate masquerading as a government.”
For America to get back on track, “It will take inspired radical leadership, mass organizing, and citizen mobilization of the kind that we see only in America’s finest hours.”
In this valuable call-to-action, Roger Hallam says we have to recognize that climate change is an emergency and rebel against our extinction.
Because Eliza Griswold’s poems often take place in war zones, she’s always provocative — even when she is tendentious.
In this book, Naomi Klein shines a light on the path to a politically and economically just model of sustainability.
Michael Hofmann nicely captures our age of truthiness and alternate facts and multiple perspectives, the hollowness of everything from the news-cycle to pop-up restaurants, all of the distractions driven by money and advertising.
In his new book, poet Charles Simic employs his customary strategies, but he seldom achieves the intensity he once did.