Books


Jennifer Egan Owns Her Unconscious

Readers of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jennifer Egan gathered at the Brattle Theater on Friday, April 8, for an hour-long event featuring a reading and Q&A from the author’s latest novel, “The Candy House.”


The Words We Lose: The Merits and Disadvantages of Reading Translated Literature

Translating a text from one language to another is doubtless a difficult undertaking for myriad reasons, but the reality of an untranslatable word or phrase presents perhaps the most thought-provoking dilemma for translators and linguists everywhere.


‘Checkout 19’ Review: Why We Need Stories to Live

Part autofiction of a young writer, part philosophical encounter with humanity’s inherent and misconstrued darkness, and part subtle but raging feminist outcry, “Checkout 19” is nothing short of astounding.


The Best Spring Reads for All Occasions

Spring has sprung! In Boston, it’s more like a second winter, but whether you prefer rainy grays or budding blooms, The Crimson has the best book recommendations for all your spring reading needs.


‘Juniper & Thorn’ Review: A Fairytale with Teeth

“Juniper & Thorn” is a fairytale, but not in the way that Disney has led one to expect. Instead, Reid’s novel expertly crafts a world of monsters and monstrous men to explore the consequences of patriarchy and trauma.


‘Violeta’ Review: An Average Novel from an Above Average Author

Allende’s latest work gives her fans many of the hallmarks they’ve come to expect: heart wrenching but honest depictions of the Pinochet regime and complex, interwoven, endlessly interesting family dynamics.


‘Bittersweet’ Review: A Moving But Incomplete Analysis of Sorrow

The reading experience is both painful and cathartic as Cain, with a gentle hand, leads her readers down the intimidating path of more deeply considering their own emotional tendencies and well-being.


‘Customs’ Review: Examining Immigrant Adversity through Complicated Verse

In “Customs,” Solmaz Sharif examines the American immigrant experience: “to exist in the nowhere of the arrival terminal” — to completely leave one’s people and home behind, but never arrive at an accepting culture.


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