Book Reviews

Malena contributes regular book reviews to The San Francisco Chronicle and The New York Times. Here are some recent reviews of books she recommends:

Joyce Carol Oates’ Little Bird of Heaven

Rafael Yglesias’ A Happy Marriage

Sara Houghteling’s Pictures At An Exhibition

Jayne Anne Phillips’ Lark and Termite

Caitlin Macy’s Spoiled

Kathryn Ma’s All That Work and Still No Boys

Tania James’ Atlas of Unknowns


“Alice in Shikaland” published in Kyoto Journal

“Hello Kitties,” published on

“How US Stars Sell Japan to the Japanese,” published on