Vol.1 Brooklyn’s Best Books of 2017 (Mid-Year Edition)

Right about now, the days are long and air conditioners are cranked up high. It’s the middle of the year: the colder months are in sight, and we’re over halfway to whatever surprises 2018 might have in store. It’s also a great time for taking stock of the first six months of 2017 — in our case, that means a look back at some recent books we’ve enjoyed. Thus, here’s a look at ten of the books that most impressed […]

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Where Language and Government Meet: A Review of Valeria Luiselli’s “Tell Me How It Ends”

This is what happened when author and essayist Valeria Luiselli asked children in immigration court why they came to the United States: Their answers vary, but they often point to a single pull factor: reunification with a parent or another close relative who migrated to the U.S. years earlier. Other times, the answers point to push factors—the unthinkable circumstances the children are fleeing: extreme violence persecution and coercion by gangs, mental and physical abuse, forced labor, neglect, abandonment. It is […]

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