Book Reviews

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The Complicity of Home.The Los Angeles Review of Books, Jul 12 2021. Review of Northern Light: Power, Light, and the Memory of Water, by Kazim Ali.


Mining the Hurricane.The Los Angeles Review of Books, Oct 3 2018. Review of The Battle for Paradise: Puerto Rico Takes on the Disaster Capitalists, by Naomi Klein.

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Review of Harini Nagendra’s Nature in the City. H-Net, Jan 2018. How can we foster an urban community that has a sense of agency over its surrounding environment, and that works together across differences of language, religion, class, and caste to rejuvenate and protect that environment?


Multilayered Maps of Modern India: Anjum Hasan’s Fiction.” The Los Angeles Review of Books, Aug 8 2017. Overview of the novels and short stories of Anjum Hasan.


The Final Installment of the Ibis Trilogy.” The Los Angeles Review of Books, Aug 29 2015. Review of Flood of Fire, third book of the Ibis Trilogy by Amitav Ghosh.


Childhood in Translation.” The Los Angeles Review of Books, May 28 2015. Review of Ticket to Childhood: A Novel, by Nguyen Nhat Anh.


The Era of the Geographically Confused.” The Los Angeles Review of Books, Aug 2 2014. Review of Ayya’s Accounts: A Ledger of Hope in Modern India by Anand Pandian and M. P. Mariappan.


Rereading Walden.” Public Books, Nov 11 2014. Pete Seeger once said, “If there’s one thing worse than banning a song, that’s making it official.” One could say something similar about good books: the one thing worse than banning the book is making it required reading. Henry David Thoreau’s Walden, which chronicles the 19th century transcendentalist’s efforts to live a simple woodland life, has been spoken of so extensively in the past 160 years that it can be hard to see the actual book behind that wall of words.