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I didn't know how much I needed this book. I ADORED How to Build a Girl and was content to release Joanna into the wild of her infinite future in London, but I am so pleased to see this next chapter in her life. In fact, I started off the book scared that it wouldn't be as good, but as soon as we got into the bad sex (the kind that every woman can recognize) practically opening the story, I knew my gal was there for me.
No longer in Wolverhampton, Joanna Morrigan (nom de plume Dolly Wilde) has escaped to London, where she has her own room, her own dog, her own column in a music magazine, her own true (unrequited) love, her own seething ex, her own drink at the local pub...and frankly, she's on her own in life. Because things are starting to seem tipped in the favor of blokes. And "nobly suffering through it" is a crap option. What's a Lady Sex Adventurer to do? (Trust me, you want to find out). ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
In my line of work I read a lot of books. And most of them are good. But I, like all of us, live for the literature that reminds me that writing can be astounding. Stories tickles the little-used ventricle in my heart that is simultaneously in love with both science and literature, using narrative and mathematics and linguistics and physics and neuroscience to achieve a perfect golden spiral. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
Daley-Ward's writing has a cadence like an undertow - snatches you footing from you and pulls you into the story, until before you know it you're miles out to sea and surrounded by her words. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
Remember the sophomore album of your favorite band? The excitement of knowing it wasn't a one-off phenomenon, these guys were here to stay, and damn it if you couldn't see exactly how much they'd grown in part 2? Here's that feeling, encapsulated in a book as slim and attractive as you are in your head. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus
If you've ever been on a hike with me, you know the modus operandi is "C.U.U.C." (Chronically Underprepared & Unqualified Confidence). The heroes of this collection were all definitely more prepared than I to undertake their adventures, but did so with the same ambitious spirit. A melange of adrenaline-junkie tales, bizarre health retreats, post-apocalyptic landscapes, secret races, and a bunch of stuff to put on your bucket list. For my part, I'll be training for the Great Divide Race and biking the Boston Marathon route while keeping my eyes peeled for the rare but worthwhile Felchin chocolate. What adventures await you? ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus