IN THE OPENING SCENE of MaddAddam, a woman named Toby tells a story to a strange new race of humans: “In the beginning, you lived inside the Egg. That is where Continue reading

The End of Night

MAYBE WE WOULD never have turned our backs on the night had we not come to define darkness as an absence—as a lack, a deficiency, an aching void calling out to Continue reading


LOGIC TELLS US that a book about climate change shouldn’t be fun—or, for that matter, funny. Yet in journalist McKenzie Funk’s capable hands, the subject matter is just that. Windfall: The Continue reading

Full Body Burden

ON THE OUTSKIRTS of Arvada, Colorado, where Kristen Iversen grew up, there was a secret factory, owned by Dow Chemical. Even the townspeople lucky enough to land one of the high-paying Continue reading


IN PLUME, her second book of poems, Kathleen Flenniken chronicles growing up during the Cold War in Richland, Washington—a small community nestled between the Columbia and Yakima rivers. Richland has traditionally Continue reading