Author Archives: Teresa

I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem

If you’ve read about the Salem Witch Trials, you’ve probably heard of Tituba, the enslaved woman who was the first to be accused of witchcraft. But what do you know about her? What sort of woman was she? What brought … Continue reading

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Sing, Unburied, Sing

The characters in this novel by Jesmyn Ward are haunted— sometimes literally. Leonie, Given, who was killed when he was 18. And JoJo, Leonie’s son, is haunted by an even older tragedy, one that confronts him when he and Leonie … Continue reading

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The Hate U Give

I’ve seen it happen over and over again: a black person is killed just for being black, and all hell breaks loose. I’ve tweeted RIP hashtags, reblogged pictures on Tumblr, and signed every petition out there. I always said that … Continue reading

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Young Romantics: The Shelleys, Byron, and Other Tangled Lives

The story of how Mary Shelley came up with the idea for Frankenstein as part of a storytelling competition is fairly well known, but that’s far from the only instance of how the circle around the Shelleys influenced each other, both … Continue reading

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American War

Omar El Akkad’s debut novel is an unsettling and ingenious imaging of a U.S. Civil War in the late 21st century. The story follows the life of Sarat Chestnutt, born near the Mississippi Sea in the purple state of Louisiana. … Continue reading

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Delusions of Gender

We’ve all heard the stereotypes. Men are like …. Women are like …. And it starts early, with the assumption that gender differences are inherent and immutable. In Delusions of Gender, psychologist Cordelia Fine methodically (and sometimes snarkily) picks apart studies … Continue reading

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The Water Knife

It took me a while to get into this book by Paolo Bacigalupi. The story follows three separate characters, each one dealing with a different aspect of the calamitous water shortages in the southwestern U.S. Angel is a “water knife,” … Continue reading

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The Core of the Sun

In the Finland of this novel by Johanna Sinisalo and translated by Lola Rogers, women are sorted during childhood into two groups: Eloi and Morlocks (named inspired by H.G. Wells). The Morlocks are the workers, free to live as they … Continue reading

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The Shuttle

Frances Hodgson Burnett is best known for her children’s novels (none of which I happen to have read). The 1907 novel The Shuttle, however, is written for adults. Its subject—an abusive marriage—is a serious one, although it’s presented in such a way … Continue reading

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Rachel is a scavenger who lives in the ruins of an old apartment building with Wick, a former employee of a biotech firm called the Company. The environment is a complete wreck. Rachel spent much of her childhood as a … Continue reading

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