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Rebecca Hussey

Rebecca holds a PhD in English and is a professor at Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. She teaches courses in composition, literature, and the arts. When she’s not reading or grading papers, she’s hanging out with her husband and son and/or riding her bike and/or buying books. She can't get enough of reading and writing about books, so she writes the bookish newsletter "Reading Indie," focusing on small press books and translations. Newsletter: Reading Indie Twitter: @ofbooksandbikes

An Introduction to the Book-Length Essay

An introduction to the book-length essay, how it differs from other nonfiction, and some excellent examples to get you started, like In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri, translated by Ann Goldstein.

12 Great Indigenous Memoirs

Read your way into the lives of Indigenous writers with these excellent memoirs, including White Magic.

10 Genre-Defying Memoirs You Need to Read

These innovative memoirs — including In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado and Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life by Amy Krouse Rosenthal — play with format and blend genres, making them some of the most interesting writing happening today.

Buying Books Like I’m Immortal: Death and the TBR

Will one reader ever finish their TBR? Probably not, but that doesn't stop the desire to keep acquiring books.

10 Reasons to Begin Reading Poetry

If it's crossed your mind that you might like reading poetry, but you need a little encouragement to begin, this post is for you.

5 Great New Works of Innovative Nonfiction

From essay collections to memoirs and works of criticism, each one of these innovative nonfiction books has something new and vital to say.

20 Great Works of Philosophical Fiction

Philosophical fiction encourages the reader to ponder big questions. It purposely provokes thought and debate. Here’s some of the best, including Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder and The Factory by Hiroko Oyamada.

Meet the Winners of the 36th Annual Whiting Awards

Meet the winners of the 2021 Whiting Awards! Now in its 36th year, the prize recognizes early-career achievements of emerging writers.

An English Professor’s Perspective on Hating Poetry

What is it about poetry that makes it so intimidating or off-putting to some readers? This English prof has some thoughts on hating poetry.

10 Great Novellas by Authors of Color

Find 10 wonderful novellas by authors of color, including coming-of-age stories, family dramas, science fiction, and more.