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The Top 5 Longreads of the Week
Our favorite stories of the week, as chosen by the Longreads editorial team.
Author: Staff
Source: Longreads
Published: June 24, 2016
Good Graces

Through food and memory, a newlywed American woman finally connects with her Chinese mother-in-law.

Source: Life & Thyme
Published: May 17, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2008 words)
Mother, Writer, Monster, Maid
Rufi Thorpe reframes the choice between motherhood and making great art. She synthesizes the words of great women authors, their critics, and examples from her own life as a novelist, wife and mother of two young children.
Author: Rufi Thorpe
Source: Vela Mag
Published: June 21, 2016
Length: 21 minutes (5306 words)
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
Bauer goes undercover as a private prison guard to investigate the inner workings of a for-profit prison in Winnfield, Louisiana run by the Corrections Corporation of America. He witnesses multiple stabbings, prisoners denied adequate care, and becomes unsettled by the way the job changes his behavior.
Author: Shane Bauer
Source: Mother Jones
Published: June 23, 2016
Length: 145 minutes (36384 words)
The State of the Domestic Goddess
Adventures in preparing recipes from the cookbooks of "domestic goddesses" Gwyneth Paltrow and Chrissy Teigen.
Author: Emily Gould
Source: Eater
Published: June 22, 2016
Length: 12 minutes (3116 words)
The Dark Side of Longform Journalism
"In the field, we are actively, aggressively seeking to see with our own eyes the reality of war, famine, disaster—and who isn’t at least somewhat gratified when he discovers what he’s sought, at least somewhat disappointed when he doesn’t?"
Source: LitHub
Published: June 16, 2016
Length: 8 minutes (2208 words)
Day Care (and Its Discontents): A Reading List
Child care is a minefield of a topic, and navigating it inevitably detonates questions of class and gender, labor and social justice. It’s where politics and geography become not just personal, but also emotional (and, sometimes, heartbreaking). Here are eight stories about day care: a place working parents know all too well, but never quite well enough.
Author: Ben Huberman
Source: Longreads
Published: June 22, 2016
Will Trump Swallow the G.O.P. Whole?
The Republican party is struggling to maintain party unity with Donald Trump as their presumptive presidential nominee.
Published: June 21, 2016
Length: 27 minutes (6829 words)
Frankenstein, the Baroness, and the Climate Refugees of 1816
"In Frankenstein’s Creature, Mary Shelley offers us the most powerful possible incarnation of the loathed and de-humanized refugee." Two hundred years ago, a period of unusual weather triggered a humanitarian crisis. This "Year Without a Summer" offers a lens through which to read Shelley’s classic novel.
Published: June 21, 2016
Length: 11 minutes (2953 words)
The Ghosts of Fukushima
Five years after a massive earthquake and tsunami triggered a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, only a small percentage of evacuees have returned to the Japanese town of Naraha, which the government has deemed safe following an expensive cleanup effort.
Published: June 20, 2016
Length: 18 minutes (4539 words)
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