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What to Read When Everyone Is Talking about Healthcare

Here's a list of wonderful books that look at physical and mental health from many different perspectives. By the time we read through the entire list, maybe Congress will have come to their senses.

Navigating Empathy: Camille T. Dungy’s Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History

Luckily for us, Dungy’s increase in empathy and experience coincides with her embrace of the braided essay: her thinking crashes people, places, and ideas against each other in unexpected and adventurous ways.

There Is No Answer: Draw Your Weapons by Sarah Sentilles

As Sentilles makes clear, she is against the wars the United States is currently involved in, and war in general, but she’s critical of what that means.

The Rumpus Poetry Book Club Chat with Erika L. Sánchez

Erika L. Sánchez discusses her new collection Lessons on Expulsion, pushing back against sexism and misogyny, being a troublemaker, and donkeys.

What to Read When You Need to Understand Corrupt Families

As we wait for the latest Trump crisis-slash-scandal to shake out, here is a list of great books about terrible families.

The Gate of Permission: A Conversation with Victoria Redel

Victoria Redel discusses her newest novel, Before Everything, living through and beyond grief, and why she loves secrets.

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #92: Bud Smith

It’s hard to say when I first became aware of Bud Smith’s writing. I’m sure it was online; his work is fairly ubiquitous here—an essay here, a poem there, a short story someplace else. He’s got a few books under his belt to boot, the stellar F-250 and Calm Face, as well as the most recent, Dust Bunny City, for which his wife, Rae Buleri, did the brilliant illustrations.

Conversations with Writers Braver Than Me: Jessica Berger Gross

Jessica Berger Gross discusses her new memoir, Estranged: Leaving Family and Finding Home, walking away from her parents age of twenty-eight, and the importance of boundaries.

Spotlight: The Rumpus Review of Boundless

Brandon Hicks reviews Boundless, a new graphic novel from Jillian Tamaki.

Finding Comfort in the Discomfort: Talking with Juan Martinez

Juan Martinez discusses his debut collection Best Worst American, his relationship to the English language, and why Nabokov ruined his writing for years.

What to Read When You Are a Girl in This Garbage-Fire World

Our voices are our weapons, and in these books, young women speak, shout, and scream the truths that you are not alone, you are not forgotten, and you are not done fighting.

Beauty Undercut by the Possibility of Terror: Afterland by Mai Der Vang

Precariousness is an essential condition of life for the people who populate Vang’s poems, especially the Hmong refugees on whom the poet’s eye most lovingly lingers.

A Specific Kind of Loneliness: In Conversation with Geeta Kothari

Geeta Kothari discusses the history of xenophobia in America, the roles of identity and power in our most intimate relationships, and the immigrant narrative.

The Rumpus Mini-Interview Project #91: Meghan Lamb

Author Meghan Lamb‘s new novel, Silk Flowers (Birds of Lace, March 2017), is a book that cuts to the core of disturbance. In it, a woman is struck by an inexplicable and undiagnosable illness that renders her immobile and takes away her ability to speak.

Language Is All Convention: Talking with Elif Batuman

Elif Batuman discusses her new novel The Idiot, what it means to be a writer, and the artifice of language.

The Occupation of America: Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen

[Moving Kings] has brilliant things to say about America and Israel, war and peace, diaspora and home.

Color Is a Language in Itself: Mahtem Shiferraw Discusses Fuschia

Mahtem Shiferraw discusses her debut collection, Fuchsia, how she uses color to understand the world and to communicate, and why her work continually addresses displacement.

What to Read When You Want to Make America Great Again

Here is a list of books that help remind us what actually makes America great (hint: it's not tax cuts).

Reclaiming the Language of Pop Culture: Reversible by Marisa Crawford

Marisa Crawford’s Reversible is an evocative collection, showcasing the ways in which pop culture saturates us with meaning, and how it teaches us to become.

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