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The Cruelty of Busyness

With all that’s going on today, it’s easy to nostalgically reflect on 2012 or 2013 as less chaotic and technologically overwhelming. The deluge...

Lingering in Liminal Hours – Chicago Review of Books

At first glance, My Morningless Mornings appears to be the simple musings of a teenage insomniac. The short work details author Stefany Anne...

10 Must-Read Books in April – Chicago Review of Books

The COVID-19 crisis has hit the publishing industry hard. Book events and tours have been cancelled, and many bookstores have closed their physical...

A Changed New York City – Chicago Review of Books

Fantasy writer N. K. Jemisin has a well-deserved reputation for blowing readers’ minds with her beautifully detailed, fully breathing worlds, and her new...

13 Poets in Translation for National Poetry Month – Chicago Review of Books

April is National Poetry Month, which was first organized in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. We at the Chicago Review of...

Quarantines and Clones in a Timely Debut – Chicago Review of Books

There is an alarming timeliness to Katie M. Flynn’s debut novel The Companions: the book opens in a futuristic California during a quarantine...

The Horror of Intent – Chicago Review of Books

When I was a graduate student, I enrolled in a medical ethics course, and one of the first things we discussed was the...

Using Brevity To Express Depth – Chicago Review of Books

Check the back of any book totaling over 350 pages, and you’ll likely find a chorus of praises highlighting its length, including any...

Every Kind of Love Going – Chicago Review of Books

It’s a dream many of us have had. Stepping through the gauzy curtains of the subconscious, we emerge in an unfamiliar place —...

A Prismatic View of Emily St. John Mandel’s Novels – Chicago Review of Books

The Glass Hotel is the title of her fifth novel, and the key to entering novelist Emily St. John Mandel’s world; the glass...