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Anne Mai Yee Jansen

Anne Mai Yee Jansen is a literature and ethnic studies professor and a lifelong story addict. She exists on a steady diet of books and hot chocolate, with a heaping side of travel whenever possible. Originally hailing from the sun and sandstone of southern California, she currently resides with her partner, offspring, and feline companion in the sleepy mountains of western North Carolina.

Monstrify Your Bookshelf With These Horror Books About Monsters

Horror books about monsters like Empire of the Wild dig deep into our psyche when it comes to cultural fears and more.

Weird Westerns Explained

Welcome to the world of weird westerns, partner, where western meets monsters, supernatural phenomena, or space hijinx, like in How Much of These Hills is Gold by C Pam Zhang?

10 Life Lessons from Science Fiction and Fantasy

Hugo Gernsback once said SFF writers impart knowledge without out making us aware we're being taught. So what do they actually teach us?

10 Recent Magical Realism Novels

On the elusive definition of magical realism, plus a rich and diverse list of recent magical realism novels to explore.

The Most Bookish Cities in the World

Here are some of the most bookish cities in the world, from the city with the most libraries to the best city for writers to live.

5 Recent Books About Losing a Parent

Books like Michelle Zauner’s Crying in H Mart may provide comfort and catharsis to those grieving for a parent.

10 Thought-Provoking Road Trip Books

These contemporary road trip books, like Love is an Ex-Country by Randa Jarrar, consider the ways a person’s body influences how they are able to move across the roadways.

On the Unpredictable Impact of Books

We've all had the experience of a book impacting us in an unpredictable way. This reader muses about those books' impact on her life.

My Daughter’s Male World and the Books That Reinforce It

When this parent noticed her child assigning everything male pronouns, she took liberties with the male-dominated children's books they read.

10 Books About Black Women Activists of the Civil Rights Movement

These books about Black women activists of the Civil Rights Movement tell the stories of these women’s fight for social justice, including Angela Davis: An Autobiography by Angela Davis.