Books by Leah Hager Cohen

Leah Hager Cohen is the author of Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World, a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and chosen by the American Library Association as one of the best books of 1994; and a novel, Heat Lightning. She lives outside of Boston with


NO BOOK BUT THE WORLD by Leah Hager Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 3, 2014

"Cohen is finely attuned to family dynamics here, both the quiet inner workings of Ava's successful marriage and her genuine bewilderment about Fred's fall from grace."
A brother and sister with unconventional childhoods grow into adulthood, with predictably quirky results. Read full book review >
PSYCHOLOGY
Released: Sept. 12, 2013

"Refreshingly wise and open-minded."
A noted author's short but pointed meditation on the difficulty human beings have in admitting their own ignorance. Read full book review >
THE GRIEF OF OTHERS by Leah Hager Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 8, 2011

"With gorgeous prose, Cohen skillfully takes us from past to present and back again as she explores the ramifications of family loss, grief and longing.   "
A mother faces the heartbreaking loss of an infant son, which inevitably changes the family dynamics. Read full book review >
HOUSE LIGHTS by Leah Hager Cohen
Released: July 1, 2007

"Not as dramatic as Cohen clearly intends it to be."
A wannabe actress confronts dramas that disable her high-achieving family in this heartfelt third novel from the Massachusetts author (Without Apology: Girls, Women, and the Desire to Fight, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
WITHOUT APOLOGY by Leah Hager Cohen
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: Feb. 8, 2005

"Women's-studies courses may welcome the author's views on aggression, but her blow-by-blow accounts of numerous ring encounters make for a tedious read."
Cultural critic Cohen enters the world of boxing to probe the nature of female aggressiveness. Read full book review >
HEART, YOU BULLY, YOU PUNK by Leah Hager Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 12, 2003

"Rigorous and accomplished, but it could use some of the warmth that pervades Cohen's nonfiction."
A second outing by astute cultural critic Cohen (The Stuff of Dreams, 2001, etc.) discovers a lot of angst in Brooklyn. Read full book review >
ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS
Released: May 7, 2001

"Not quite as imaginative and unusual as the marvelous Glass, Paper, Beans (1997), but nonetheless another fine work of cultural reflection by a gifted young writer."
Novelist and reporter Cohen (Heat Lightning, 1997, etc.) examines the Arlington Friends of the Drama (AFD) production of M. Butterfly for what it reveals about the changing shape of community theater—and in the nature of community itself. Read full book review >
HEAT LIGHTNING by Leah Hager Cohen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 11, 1997

A first novel by the already much-praised Cohen (Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World, 1993; Glass, Paper, Beans, 1996) stuns with its lean, unadorned artistry as it limns the tale of two preadolescent sisters in their search for the truth about their parents' death, their own past, and the connection that binds them together. Tilly and Mole's parents drowned in the Kittiwake River one stormy night while trying to rescue a boatload of partygoers—or at least that's how the story goes. Read full book review >

BUSINESS & ECONOMICS
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

Lingering over a cup of coffee and a newspaper at Boston's Someday Cafe, Cohen (Train Go Sorry: Inside a Deaf World, 1994) immerses herself in a Proustian rumination on the origins of the familiar: glass, paper, coffee beans. ``Who made this thing? Read full book review >

Released: Feb. 16, 1994

Clunky title (American Sign Language for ``missing the boat'') aside: a sensitive report on one year in the life of N.Y.C.'s Lexington School for the Deaf. Cohen, who teaches at Emerson College, is well situated to be Lexington's chronicler: Her father, Oscar, is the school's superintendent; her deaf grandfather, Sam, was a student there 75 years ago; and the author herself—who can hear—attended classes there as a preschooler. Read full book review >