The interns this summer have been reading titles from the Sarabande bookshelf like it's their job and they've picked their favorites to share.
Him, Me, Muhammad Ali
"This collection took every expectation I had and completely flipped it on its head. Jarrar perfectly captures the idea of 'accidental transients'—migratory birds who have strayed from their route—to make a statement about survival in the face of displacement. These provocative stories of Arab women, some less grounded in reality than others, are told with honesty, vulnerability, and biting humor. There's never a bad time to think sensitively of experiences outside of your own, but for me this book holds a special importance in today's political climate. I can't recommend it enough!" —Anne, editorial intern
You Should Pity Us Instead
"The worlds that Amy Gustine explores in her collection of short stories You Should Pity Us Instead soothe as they wander through everyday themes... and throttle when the trapdoor opens and the reader falls upon a grandiose barb of emotion. Something always hides beneath the facades of these stories. And, like most unexpected, hidden things, when we stumble upon them our reaction is to be thrilled, devastated, spooked, to laugh hysterically as our hearts race. The frankness with which Amy Gustine navigates these surprises stabilizes the reader and allows them to witness these very human realities which encompass both the mundane and the astonishing." —Justin, development intern
"Mary Ruefle's essay On Imagination is a beautiful, brilliant exploration of 'all the things that live in the same house, the house of the head.' It is a winding meander through Ruefle's thinking and her imagination, which, she argues, are one and the same. She shows how imagination resides along with rationality, not just with magical thinking—as well as the complexity, darkness, and limits of imagining. This essay is a fresh yet sage thicket of thoughts—full of bruises and blooms, and even, a little white goat." —Hannah Rose, programming intern