“Most people believe that raising children is tantamount to settling down, living conventionally, and avoiding danger,” Ross explains in her brisk and bracing tone. “That is not the vision Todd and I had of parenthood. . . . For us, long-distance hiking was not a family vacation. It was an extension of our lives—our values.” In The World is Our Classroom, travel writer Cindy Ross looks back at her twenty-or-so years of unconventional parenting and reflects on the lessons that arduous travel has imparted to her children.
Jodie Noel Vinson
Many women know from a young age that they want children. But for those of us who have not felt the call, or have felt the call complicated by other needs, passions, and circumstances, Sheila Heti’s novel, Motherhood, is a long-awaited companion; a kind of What to Expect for those who are not sure they want to have children.
Little Million Doors by Chad Sweeny is an elegy mourning the death of his father. In this lyrical book-long poem, Sweeny breaks traditional barriers of language to draw a multifaceted portrait of grief.
“This is what I love about travel—how it heightens my senses. Some say travel is a vanishing act, disappearing down a rabbit hole, but for me it’s appearing, coming into awareness. I look harder, I see better. Time seems to …
Fruit of the Earth offers a sincere and intimate glimpse into both personal and cultural stories that guide the reader through a broader narrative of fragmentation and belonging. … Each poem succeeds discreetly, forming “bits and pieces” of a story that are each quite sacred and personal. When read together, Wendt’s own lived experience yields to a collective narrative, returning to the idea that people tell their stories—the ones they do not understand or cannot speak—through others’ stories.
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