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The Hero by Lee Child - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780008355784
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Published: Tls Books - November 28th, 2019

“What is the purpose of fiction? I think it can be summed up in a simple phrase: To give people what they don't get in real life.”
From the creator of the Jack Reacher mystery series, Lee Child discusses in short length the origins of the word and concept of “the hero” and its impact on culture throughout the centuries. This is a great quick read for creative writers and book-lovers to learn more about what makes a hero the hero in literature. Notable protagonists such as Achilles, Robin Hood and James Bond are mentioned. Only critique: where are the ladies?! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Long Live Latin: The Pleasures of a Useless Language by Nicola Gardini - Book Review

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By Nicola Gardini, Todd Portnowitz (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374284527
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 12th, 2019

Nicola Gardini's lively celebration of Latin is just the book for any lapsed or aspiring Classicist in your life! With chapters devoted to individual Latin writers from Caesar and Catullus to Propertius and Petronius, Gardini rekindled my old love for Latin (though it's hopelessly rusty). Full of informative and delightful digressions on an array of topics, Gardini makes a loving defense for the continued study of the "useless" language, which, he shows quite clearly isn't useless at all. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America by Chris Arnade - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525534730
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Published: Sentinel - June 4th, 2019

Empathetic and deeply troubling exploration of America's "back row," Culled from years of travels to impoverished, violent, drug-saturated neighborhoods, and enhanced by photographs reminiscent of Dorothea Lange, Arnade gives his subjects individuality, honor, and dignity. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Three Women by Lisa Taddeo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451642292
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - July 9th, 2019

Captivating from the very first chapter, this journalistic endeavor follows three women as they reflect upon their sexual experiences over time. The author creates a descriptive and nonjudgmental atmosphere that allows the reader to view the world from overlooked and commonly misunderstood female perspectives. I believe that this is best nonfiction novel debut I think I have ever read! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape by Lauret Savoy - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781619028258
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - September 13th, 2016

Part memoir, part history, Lauret Savoy is a Geology Professor who writes beautifully using palimpsest as a leitmotif, peeling back the layers of history written on the landscape--what gets remembered, what gets forgotten, and how if affects us all. ~ Reviewed by Percy Sutton


The Adding Machine by William S. Burroughs - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802121950
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Published: Grove Press - October 22nd, 2013

One of my favorite essay collections. Burroughs zips between topics like the speed junky he was known to be. Whether discussing linguistics and social issues or space travel and mind control, Hemingway and Fitzgerald or Beckett and Proust, he approached the page with a zany, freakish exuberance that both reflects and, paradoxically, sets him apart from the rest of the Beat Generation authors with whom he’s so commonly lumped. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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