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Atomic Comics: How and Why


from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: If you have the feeling that cartoonists seem to be producing a small stream of sequential art nonfiction about the builders and building of the atomic bomb, you aren’t wrong. If you still haven’t taken the opportunity to explore how and why one or two isn’t “enough,” however, […]

The Forever Fix: Gene Therapy and the Boy Who Saved It

The Forever Fix

Ricki Lewis, a geneticist and journalist, offers an absorbing narrative of the history of and recent advances in gene therapy. She’s written textbooks on the topic, as well as hundreds of articles, and is a guest blogger for Scientific American. The combination of science clearly presented and the personal stories that humanize this cutting edge topic promise […]



Richard Ford’s novel hooks readers from the beginning, “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later.” Dell and his twin sister are 15 when their parents’ actions doom them to being orphans, though the novel is less about these events than about their effect. In a Daily […]

What Dies in Summer

What Dies in Summer

Tom Wright‘s debut is far from a typical southern coming-of-age novel. What begins as a dysfunctional family story (and what a family) becomes something else after our two young teens, Jim and L.A., find the body of a girl just about their age while out riding bikes and collecting bottles to supplement their allowance. There’s […]

Underground in Cairo


from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Magdy El Shafee, who edits a comics journal for youth, shows great skill in crafting his own graphic novel here.  Looking at contemporary Cairo through the eyes of a young Everyman, readers can nearly smell the superheated subway cars (see the official transit map), feel the hairs on […]



Carolina De Robertis has written a beautiful novel about a horrifying time in South American history. Perla is a young woman who comes of age following Argentina’s Dirty War (1976-1983). As a young adult, Perla learns that her family was involved in the fates of “the disappeared,” and must contend with that legacy. The novel […]

Dear Marcus: A Letter to the Man Who Shot Me

Dear Marcus

Jerry McGill’s inspiring short memoir tells the story of coping with disability and the injustice of a life changed in a moment. Originally self-published, Dear Marcus was acquired by an editor at Random House thanks to a piece in the New York Review of Books. That editor recently shared her story in The Ampersand, the […]