Reading Indie

Rebecca Hussey
A newsletter about books I love, with a focus on independent presses, creative nonfiction, and books in translation. Weekly essays/reviews plus round-ups of new releases and more.
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  • Maria Judite de Carvalho, Julietta Singh, and Claudia Rankine
    04 Nov 2021 • 6 min read • 1 2
    This has been a busy fall season with school in session, house repairs underway, non-newsletter writing projects, etc., etc. But I’ve read so many good books to tell you about! Empty Wardrobes by Mari...
  • Translation as Transhumance
    12 Oct 2021 • 8 min read • 3 2
    Translation as Transhumance by Mireille Gansel, translated by Ros Schwartz (Feminist Press, originally published in 2014), is the third book about translation that I’ve read this year, after This Litt...
  • The Other Name: Septology I-II
    05 Oct 2021 • 7 min read • 1 0
    As of this writing, I am 3/4 of the way through The Other Name: Septology I-II by Jon Fosse, translated by Damion Searls (Transit Books/Fitzcarraldo, 2020). By the time you read this, I will have fini...
  • In the Wake, by Christina Sharpe
    21 Sep 2021 • 8 min read • 1 0
    I was inspired to get a copy of In the Wake: On Blackness and Being by Christina Sharpe (Duke University Press, 2016) after listening to what both Natalie Diaz and Ross Gay had to say about it on the ...
  • Minor Detail; or Resistant Reading
    14 Sep 2021 • 9 min read • 2 4
    I’ve been writing lately about the pleasures of weirdly structured, strange, and imperfect books, but Minor Detail by Adania Shibli, translated by Elisabeth Jaquette (New Directions, 2020), feels like...
  • Fifty Sounds; or Essay vs. Memoir
    07 Sep 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    First, my apologies to U.S. readers for writing about a book that isn’t available yet. I try to avoid discussing books that aren’t yet published, but this time I got mixed up. Fifty Sounds by Polly Ba...
  • Indelicacy; or, Questions About Historical Fiction
    31 Aug 2021 • 6 min read • 2 3
    I decided recently that I need to stop trying to read historical fiction. I finished a book a few weeks ago and kept thinking that it’s a good historical novel and a lot of people liked it, but I just...
  • Tokyo Ueno Station
    24 Aug 2021 • 7 min read • 3 0
    This passage appears on the first page of Tokyo Ueno Station by Yu Miri, translated by Morgan Giles: I used to think life was like a book: you turn the first page, and there’s the next, and as you go ...
  • Summer Reading
    17 Aug 2021 • 8 min read • 1 5
    Yes, as my friend Laurel recently reminded me, it’s impossible to get caught up: that’s a beautiful dream. But I still want to get a little closer to the goal of writing about all the books I’ve read,...
  • To Write As If Already Dead
    03 Aug 2021 • 10 min read • 1 2
    I have now read Kate Zambreno’s new book To Write as If Already Dead twice in the space of three months. A recent interview with T Fleischmann made me realize one of the reasons I love her books so mu...
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