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

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.

5 Recent Essay Collections You Won’t Want to Miss

Find powerful and compelling essays on race, politics, culture, and more in this list of recent small press essay collections.

24 Must-Read 2021 Books in Translation

Grow your TBR and explore literature from around the world with these must-read 2021 books in translation from indie and smaller presses, including Migratory Birds by Mariana Oliver, translated by Julia Sanches.

50 of the Best Nonfiction Books

Read Harder: A Non-European Novel in Translation

In this Read Harder Challenge post, we're recommending books for the task asking you to read a non-European novel in translation.

Indie Press Round-Up: 8 Great New Releases for Fall

Don’t miss picking up these fall 2020 indie books, like Terroir: Love, Out of Place by Natasha Sajé, including literary horror, stories about identity and belonging, and childhood trauma.

5 Great New Nonfiction Books to Help Understand Our Times

Looking for tools to help process these unprecedented times? Check out these nonfiction books about the pandemic, structural racism, and more, including The Names of All the Flowers by Melissa Valentine.