Mariko Hewer

Mariko Hewer

Mariko Hewer is a freelance editor and writer. She is passionate about good books, good food, and good company. Find her occasional insights of varying quality on Twitter at @hapahaiku.


32 entries by Mariko Hewer

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Dünkirchen 1940: The German View of Dunkirk

This in-depth chronicle leans heavily on detail while providing novel insights.

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Embrace the Pain

How a book about a neurotic woman helped me experience stress in more productive ways.

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The Bone Flower

By Charles Lambert

The Bone Flower

A racing plot and imaginative details deliver uneven results in this supernatural saga.

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Reward System: Stories

By Jem Calder

Reward System: Stories

This penetrating collection prompts reflection on how technology has forever changed us.

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Bending, Not Breaking

How the story of a crusader helped put my own struggles in perspective.

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Stronger Together

A novel set in the 1790s has surprising resonance today.

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You Have a Friend in 10A: Stories

By Maggie Shipstead

You Have a Friend in 10A: Stories

This new collection will delight readers while keeping them on edge.

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Book of Night

By Holly Black

Book of Night

Stumbles aside, this fast-paced occult thriller is a worthy read.

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Wandering the World

How a sweeping novel helped me understand the global refugee crisis.

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Life Without Children: Stories

This collection of pandemic tales casts the lockdown in a new light.

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You’re (Truly) Not Alone

How Jenny Lawson’s Broken helped me see the mountains of hope through the fog of depression.

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My Literary Life

Examining some reading favorites of the last 30 years.

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A Path Forward

How Danielle Evans helped me navigate my feelings about injustice in America.

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Getting Back to Basics

Rupi Kaur’s newest book hooks the reader with insights startling in their simplicity.

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No Gods, No Monsters: A Novel

By Cadwell Turnbull

No Gods, No Monsters: A Novel

This first book of a new trilogy is mystical, mythical — and a bit mystifying.

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Reframing the Picture

Camaraderie during conflict shows the importance of community.

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Nine Shiny Objects

By Brian Castleberry

Nine Shiny Objects

This ambitious, multi-decade saga ultimately fails to connect all the dots.

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Before Trans

By Rachel Mesch

Before Trans

A fascinating analysis of identity, women’s rights, and literature as a transformative tool.

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The Composition of a Compilation

Defining our language helps define us.

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Fracture

By Andrés Neuman; translated by Nick Caistor and Lorenza Garcia

Fracture

A moving examination of love and human relationships in the face of calamity.

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Triaging Trauma

Tahereh Mafi’s recent novel captures our national condition, writ small.

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Competitive Grieving: A Novel

By Nora Zelevansky

Competitive Grieving: A Novel

Though it aims for pithy commentary on anguish, love, and growth, this story ultimately lacks a cohesive message.

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Your Ad Could Go Here

By Oksana Zabuzhko

Your Ad Could Go Here

With some excavating, these tales yield up various nuggets of wisdom.

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Learning to Heal

What long-ago doctors and modern-day medicos can teach us about resilience.

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Learning to Let Go

A recent memoir about hardship and hope proved the perfect antidote to 2020.

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The Hare: A Novel

By Melanie Finn

The Hare: A Novel

A guileless young woman becomes ensnared by a malevolent conman.

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Laudatory Leadership

How Kamala Harris embodies the female strength celebrated in Yaa Gyasi’s Homegoing.

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Fellow Travelers

The characters in The Essex Serpent would recognize the path we’re currently on.

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Flyaway

By Kathleen Jennings

Flyaway

Steeped in magical realism, this debut novel examines human nature and choice.

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Nine Shiny Objects: A Novel

By Brian Castleberry

Nine Shiny Objects: A Novel

This ambitious, multi-decade saga ultimately fails to connect all the dots.

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Before Trans: Three Gender Stories from Nineteenth-Century France

A fascinating analysis of identity, women’s rights, and literature as a transformative tool.

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The Hummingbird: A Novel

By Stephen P. Kiernan

The Hummingbird: A Novel

Parallel narratives intertwine in this satisfying tale of love, loss, and redemption.