by Ariel B., December 31, 2013 5:23 PM
The Riots is one of the most beautiful collections of personal essays I've found. Stories of confused youth, racial identity, love, abuse, and mental illness are punctuated by evocative vignettes and still lifes. Her prose is crisp and deliberate, and the nonlinear, sometimes experimental, style challenges my inner writer to defy conventions. Deulen, raised here in the Pacific Northwest, bares herself completely, the fierce and the vulnerable. This is a book I recommend to fiction and nonfiction readers alike, but particularly to those with an interest in creative memoir.