Moonlight Rests on My Left Palm by Yu Xiuhua

“Reading is a powerful activity: it calms one’s heart. When the mind is quiet, one can experience real joy.” Starting with the viral poem Crossing Half of China to Fuck You, Yu Xiuhua’s raw collection chronicles her life as a disabled, divorced, single mother in rural China. In defiance of the stigma attached to her…

Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong

“In the popular imagination, Asian Americans inhabit a vague purgatorial status: not white enough nor black enough; distrusted by African Americans, ignored by whites, unless we’re being used by whites to keep the black man down.” As the daughter of Korean immigrants, Cathy Park Hong grew up steeped in shame, suspicion, and melancholy. She would…

Eating Wild Japan by Winifred Bird

“Many types of seaweed are offered up to the gods at this shrine, as they have been for at least a millennium, but the number is still only about half that harvested on Noto.” From bracken to butterbur to “princess” bamboo, some of Japan’s most iconic foods are foraged, not grown, in its forests, fields,…

The Southern Lady Code by Helen Ellis

“My sense of humor will be a ray of sunshine if our plane death-spirals into the frozen tundra” Helen Ellis is back with a collection of essays that discusses a variety of topics ranging from marriage, manners, ghosts, parties, and fashion. Having lived on both sides of the Mason-Dixon line, Ellis is uniquely qualified to…