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Murakami T: The T-Shirts I Love by Haruki Murakami - Book Review

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By Haruki Murakami, Philip Gabriel (Translated by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593320426
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Published: Knopf - November 23rd, 2021

A slim novel with a mighty punch. This Book Prize-winning title has gotten somewhat of a mixed reception over the years, but I found it totally engrossing and read it in one sitting. A Murakami-esque tale of an older gentleman ruminating on dead friends, loves lost, and the obscured memories that bind them all together. One of those books I loved despite not finding any of the characters particularly appealing, but that's life, isn't it? ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Right to Sex: Feminism in the Twenty-First Century by Amia Srinivasan - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780374248529
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 21st, 2021

I couldn't put this down - feminist philosophical thought as relevant in the twenty-first century. Compulsively readable, informed, and meticulously constructed, Srinivasan speaks to and navigates issues that have long divided feminists internally with a great deal of care. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Was the Cat in the Hat Black?: The Hidden Racism of Children's Literature, and the Need for Diverse Books by Philip Nel - Book Review

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$20.95
ISBN: 9780190932879
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Published: Oxford University Press, USA - March 29th, 2019

One of the most interesting and important contemporary advances in the field of children's literature theory. Nel examines children's literature and media as structured mechanisms for either maintaining or deconstructing racism in a child's subconscious. He delves into the effect of racially coded books as well as overtly racist ones, discusses how book cover design contributes to racial erasure, and proposes actions that readers, authors, teachers, and publishers can take to circumvent the racism built into the canon of children's literature. Superb and unmissable. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


This Is Ear Hustle: Unflinching Stories of Everyday Prison Life by Nigel Poor - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593238868
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Published: Crown - October 19th, 2021

Ear Hustle is not your run-of-the-mill podcast. It originates from San Quentin prison, and its guests are prisoners. Poor and Woods speak as candidly in the book as they do on the mic, and the often disturbing topics beam a light on men and women that many in society either ignore or abhor. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections on Sixty and Beyond by Larry McMurtry - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780684870199
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Published: Simon & Schuster - August 7th, 2001

Part sociology and part memoir, this is really a love letter to books from a man who has devoted his adult life to every aspect of them. Most of the author's novels are remembrances of things past, when changing times loomed like dark thunderheads on the horizons of the people who lived on the vast open plains of the West and, like his own father, eked out hardscrabble lives from the unwelcoming land. The open book beckoned to McMurtry, not the open range, but his early life made an indelible mark on all that was to come and it is recalled with a fond nostalgia that is tinged with sadness. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson - Book Review

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

This is likely the most powerful and intelligently written book I have ever read. I believe it should be a mandatory read so Americans can better understand the overlooked and almost hidden caste system that still exists today. Even though Wilkerson has provided extensive research on the correlation of caste systems between America, Nazi Germany, and India, the way she presents information is always easily digestible and eye opening so she never leaves any reader behind. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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