Can our new President even read above a certain low grade level? And if he can, does he? These aren’t exactly the first probing questions that spring to mind after a disastrous week for humanity, but tell me you haven’t wondered about Donald Trump’s literacy level. Just this morning it was revealed that the former reality TV personality who now controls the executive branch doesn’t appear to know to know who extremely important historical figure Frederick Douglass is, nor does his press secretary.
But we know how to read, dear comrades, we dratted word-loving elites with our fancy books and our snotty, out-of-touch-investment in ideas and facts. So let us shore ourselves up in the face of existential dread off by digging into these fifteen February books, ranging from highbrow thriller to family epic to sobering nonfiction. As always, lots of stories of migration, immigration and conflict can be found here — because there are no stories more human and more important than those.
A Separation, Katie Kitamura
If there’s a “hot” book of the month, this is it. A story of crime and marital estrangement (the latter being the titular separation), Kitamura’s narrator goes to find her straying husband in Greece and ask for a divorce before encountering the unexpected, both internally and in her surroundings.