Arts+Culture

Arts+Culture

We Are the Eighth Day, © Melanie Weidner

Books

The startling triumph of The Underground Railroad

Colson Whitehead has created a world as compelling—and as intolerable—as our own.

Books

Another Brooklyn, by Jacqueline Woodson

Four teenage girls dance their way into friendship and maturity.

Books

A Small Porch: Sabbath Poems 2014-2015, by Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry continues to spend Sunday mornings in the Kentucky woods, and his readers will be rewarded. At age 82, he notes that “life does not relent or become easier as death approaches.” He asks, “How then may you come yet alive to right-mindedness and right prayer?” Although grief and “nightmares of the age” interrupt his sleep, he is eased by nature’s “numinous and exalted” presence.