Book Reviews

Calling Bullshit on Toxic Masculinity

Calling Bullshit on Toxic Masculinity

Book Review One Good Mama Bone Bren McClain University of South Carolina Press, 280 pp., $19.99   McClain’s Critique on Southern Gender Roles The term “toxic masculinity” often gets thrown around on social media as a way of defining the standards to which American...
Coming Home to Our Self

Coming Home to Our Self

Book Review A Kind of Freedom Margaret Wilkerson Sexton Counterpoint, 230 pp., $26.00   Freedom, Family, and Fate Each day, legions don their corporate masks and sulk behind their computer screens longing to be custom cabinet makers or pastry chefs. Anything other...
Vampires Aren’t Going Away, Y’all

Vampires Aren’t Going Away, Y’all

Book Review The Vine That Ate the South J.D Wilkes Two Dollar Radio, 212 pp., $10.87 Southern Fabulism: Old Monsters with Lingering Issues In a post-Harry Potter and Twilight world, the idea of vampires, ghosts, and other supernatural creatures makes many cringe in...
Guilt and the Grave

Guilt and the Grave

Book Review Gradle Bird J.C Sasser Koehler Books, 2017 “What better theater for grand, cathartic gestures of national atonement than the South, where guilt is as indigenous as Scarlett O’Hara and pecan pie?” Diane McWhorter implores in her New York Times...