Bennington Magazine

Bookshelf: Conscience
Alice Mattison, MFA(w) faculty member (Pegasus Books, August 2018)
Little Red Ruthie book cover a little girl in red walking through the woods
Gloria Koster ’72 (Albert Whitman & Company, August 2017)
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Jamie Quatro MFA ’09 (Grove Press, January 2018)
Bookshelf: Gangster Nation
Todd Goldberg MFA ’09 (Counterpoint, September 2017)
The Feral Detective
Jonathan Lethem ’86 (Ecco, November 2018)
We All Love the Beautiful Girls
Joanne Proulx MFA ’14 (Viking, August 2017)
The Atlas Obscura Explorer’s Guide for the World’s Most Adventurous Kid
Dylan Thuras ’04 (Workman Publishing Company, September 2018)
Tonight I’m Someone Else: Essays
Chelsea Hodson MFA ’17 (Holt Paperbacks, June 2018)
Small Fry
Lisa Brennan-Jobs MFA ’09, (Grove Press, September 2018)
Trickster Feminism
Anne Waldman ’66 (Penguin Books, July 2018)
Image of Memento Park
Mark Sarvas MFA ’19 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, March 2018)
Image of Tangerine
Christine Mangan ’04 (Ecco, March 2018)
Image of Wonder Valley
Ivy Pochoda MFA ’11 (Ecco, November 2017)
Image of Song of a Captive Bird
Jasmin Darznik MFA ’14 (Ballantine Books, February 2018)
Image of Politics of the Pantry
Emily E. LB. Twarog ’92 (Oxford University Press, October 2017)
Image of This Will be My Undoing: Living at the Intersection of Black, Female, and Feminist in (White) America
Morgan Jerkins MFA ’16 (Harper Perennial, January 2018)
Image of The Sky Is Yours
Chandler Klang Smith ’05 (Hogarth, January 2018)
Image of How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
Michael Pollan '76 (Penguin Press, May 2018)
"Alice Mattison’s new novel wrestles with the irreducibly complex demands of having a conscience in an age of political depravity.” The Washington Post
“A welcome holiday offering.” School Library Journal
“...the book is a profound, and profoundly strange, meditation on desire and how it connects us to the ‘eternal’” The Atlantic
“100 percent unhinged about the professionally unhinged...torridly funny...the novel swells with a spiritual but jazzy tone.” New York Times Book Review
“A highbrow mystery. . . . Fans of "Motherless Brooklyn" take note.” The Washington Post
“...impressions of the characters will shift and change, a verisimilitude that is the result of careful attention and unflinching honesty.” Toronto Star
“A thrillingly imaginative expedition to 100 weird-but-true places on earth.” The New York Times Book Review
“Read this startlingly honest essay collection and beware: You will emerge utterly changed.” Refinery29
“Entrancing... Brennan-Jobs is a deeply gifted writer… Her inner landscape is depicted in such exquisitely granular detail that it feels as if no one else could have possibly written it. It has that defining aspect of a literary work: the stamp of a singular sensibility… Beautiful, literary, and devastating.” New York Times Book Review
“Waldman presents a complicated panorama of places and events ... in these accomplished, intertwined pieces.” The Washington Post
“. . . an absorbing drama about a first generation Hungarian-American rooting around in his family’s buried past in the hopes of fathoming his legacy” NPR
“The thriller that everyone will be talking about . . . One of those sinuous, Hitchcockian tales that disorients in the best way. . . . Hypnotic.” Esquire
“A dizzying, kaleidoscopic thriller that refuses to let readers look away from the dark side of Southern California . . . ” Los Angeles Times
“a complex and beautiful rendering of that vanished country and its scattered people; a reminder of the power and purpose of art; and an ode to female creativity under a patriarchy that repeatedly tries to snuff it out.” The New York Times
“A new book examines the legacy of the women-led consumer protests of the mid-20th century.” The Atlantic
“A beautiful example of possibility, nuance and passion coexisting, even in our heightened political moment . . .” Los Angeles Times
“Smith’s gifts of imagination are staggering. Her world-building is a ...wickedly satirical synthesis that underlines just how fractured our own realities can be during periods of fear, unrest, inequality, and instability” NPR
“. . . a calm survey of the past, present and future. A book about a blurry subject, it is clear eyed and assured” The New York Times