Book Review: ‘Afterparties’ by Anthony Veasna So

Anthony Veasna So’s witty and sharply worded short stories are set in the Central Valley – “a valley of dust and pollen and California fog” where the options for Cambodian American immigrant fathers drawn from their life stories are: “They fixed the car, sold the donuts… They also received social assistance. These families bought the …

What We Learned from Mena Suvari’s Book on the ‘Dark Side’ of Her Life

When Mena Suvari began her acting career, she quickly got used to playing the much younger object of a man’s desires. In 1999 and 2000, when she was in her late teens and early 20s, she played a chorus girl in the teen comedy “American Pie” and a lascivious high school cheerleader in “American Beauty.” …

Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen’s Podcast Will Become a Book

On “Renegades,” a podcast collaboration between Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen, the former president admitted at a glance that it was an odd partnership. “Looks like Bruce and I don’t have much in common,” he said. “A white man from a small town in Jersey; I am a mixed race Black man born in Hawaii …

Book Review: ‘What a Strange Paradise’ by Omar El Akkad

WHAT WEIRD PARADISEOmar Al-Akkad In his first novelAmerican WarOmar Al-Akkad gave a full account of the violence and misery he witnessed as a correspondent for The Globe and Mail in Canada, covering Afghanistan, Guantanamo and the Arab Spring, with a long-running civil war in the future America upended the world order. In his new novel, …

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Book Review: ‘The Perversion of Justice: The Jeffrey Epstein Story’

JUSTICE OUTThe Jeffrey Epstein Storyby Julie K. Brown If you asked a random adult to pick the worst person in America, sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein would probably top the list. In an age of intense polarization, between left and right, radicals and moderates, fantasies and realists, there is something everyone can agree on. Epstein is …