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Kristin Soper

American Heart, The Latest from Laura Moriarty

I’ve been a long-time fan of Laura Moriarty’s writing since I first heard her talk about The Center of Everything in the tiny cafe of the now defunct Borders bookstore in 2004. Her fully-fleshed characters and well-developed plots often have me reading into the wee hours of the morning. Her latest book, American Heart, is no different.

Labeled as a young adult dystopia novel, the story is so grounded in realism that it feels like many of her other books which revolve around characters contending with the choice to stand by the social and legal expectations of their worlds or strike out on paths they feel are right and humane. In this vision of the United States, Muslim-Americans must submit themselves to registries and are forced into detainment camps. Read More..

The Stuff of Life: New Book Looks at Hoarding and Humanity

What compels a person to keep and collect every scrap of paper they come in contact with? Don’t we all have odd, sentimental collections – things we simply can’t part with, even though they have no practical use? What’s the difference between someone who collects and someone who hoards? Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee explore these issues in their book Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things. Read More..