Life's Journeys

Reviews by Jo Fisher

On Earth, We’re Briefly Gorgeous, by Ocean Vuong, new in paperback, 2019, $17.00 Every page, every line of poet Vuong’s first novel is gorgeous. An epistolary novel to his immigrant mother, Little Dog’s coming of age in America is shattering, raw with emotion and beauty. Lyrical and profoundly moving, highly recommended.


Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal in Fiction, the 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize, and the PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award. Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize. Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction!

Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling


On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late twenties, the letter unearths a family’s history that began before he was born — a history whose epicenter is rooted in Vietnam — and serves as a doorway into parts of his life his mother has never known, all of it leading to an unforgettable revelation.

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Mothering Heights, by Dave Pilkey, hardcover, 2021, $12.99 Pre-teens and tolerant adults rejoice at a new Dogman book, the 10th in the series. Irreverent, slightly scatalogical and surprisingly sweet, Dogman and his cohorts fight injustice and a new cast of villains. Can love save the day? Readers of all ages will be singing “Take Me Out to the Bathroom” with enthusiasm.


Dav Pilkey's wildly popular Dog Man series appeals to readers of all ages and explores universally positive themes, including love, empathy, kindness, persistence, and the importance of doing good.

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To Be A Man, Nicole Krauss, hardcover, 2020, $26.99 Roaming the globe from Switzerland to Tel Aviv to New York, the 10 short stories in Krauss’ debut collection resonate with the tension of relationships, marital, friends, and familial. The author's dazzling prose pinpoints the complex dynamics humans inflict upon and survive with each other.


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New York Times Editors' Choice Lit Hub's Best Books of 2020

Bustle's Best Short Story Collections of 2020


In one of her strongest works of fiction yet, Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very beginning of time.


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