A photograph of a poppy next to the Yezidi Shrine of Khiz Rahman in Baadre, Iraqi Kurdistan, taken by Levi Clancy in 2017.

Poppies of Iraq: A Review

Poppies of IraqIn their new graphic memoir about her life growing up in Iraq, Brigitte Findakly and her husband Lewis Trondheim shed light on the interior lives of middle-class Iraqis under Saddam Hussein’s rule in the mid-20th century. Poppies of Iraq does for 1970s Iraq what Persepolis did for 1970s Iran, putting a human face to stories tainted in the West by orientalism. And eventually, like Persepolis author Marjane Satrapi, Findakly moves to France to escape the political upheaval of her home country. Continue reading

Flight Path: A Review

Flight Path: A Review

Flight Path: A Search for Roots Beneath the World's Busiest AirportReturning to Atlanta after four years spent living in New York City, Hannah Palmer discovered that her three childhood homes had been eaten up by the sprawl of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The new mom-to-be set out to discover how and when the airport happened to her houses, and what she learned became the basis for her first memoir, Flight Path: A Search for Roots beneath the World’s Busiest Airport. Continue reading

letters to a young writer review

Letters to a Young Writer: A Review

Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical AdviceA few writing books have become must-reads for any aspiring English-language novelist: Stephen King’s On Writing, Ursula K. Le Guin’s Steering the Craft, William Zinsser’s On Writing Well. This year, Colum McCann‘s Letters to a Young Writer: Some Practical and Philosophical Advice joins that list. Consisting of 52 essays crammed with no-nonsense advice, Letters is a must-read for any Aspiring Writer. Continue reading