"[Set in Baghdad] Sadaawi’s novel concentrates on exteriors and interiors, explosions and implosions, and ‘boundedness’ and ‘unboundedness’ that exposes the vulnerability of religious, political, and social boundaries."
"This is a dramatic and moving story about a concert pianist who, at 45 years of age, suddenly and inexplicably, has ALS, and also equally about his ex-wife Karina, who takes on his care throughout his slow, inevitable, and lethal decline."
"...the play shows how an illness experience can manifest not just in signs and symptoms, but also in desires, and these desires can lead to ways other than traditional biomedical interventions to help sick people.”
“From the late 18th to mid-19th centuries a peculiar trend swept through European fashion. Through couture and cosmetics, this vogue emulated the physical ravages of a much-feared disease, tuberculosis, aestheticizing its symptoms as enviable qualities of physical beauty.”
"Not so much an essay on the overall state of immigration (demographics, policy, etc.), as it is a probing of the hardship facing children leaving (usually fleeing) Central America and attempting to find a home in the United States, the work shines because of its brevity and density."
"The 55 poems in Human Voices Wake Us fall primarily into 3 categories: biographical poems, poems about the natural world, and poems about the worldly travels and travails of a man learning and practicing medicine."
"This book is an unsentimental yet moving, exquisitely observed illness narrative written by a master. An author who was known throughout his career for dealing with difficult themes, Shepard did not flinch from them even in the face of death."
"In this most recent biography, Isaacson takes us through the life and times of Leonardo, highlighting milestones of his career, while also underscoring some of the seemingly trivial habits that were signatures of Leonardo’s personality and worldview."