We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101911761
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Published: Vintage - February 3rd, 2015

Stop what you are doing. Buy and read this book. Become a feminist, or affirm your current beliefs. PASS THIS BOOK ON!! It deserves to be read by every person you know. Concise, articulate, and heartwarming. Adichie will convince anyone to look at feminism differently. ~ Reviewed by Hilary Wartinger

Whiplash: How to Survive Our Faster Future by Joi Ito - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781455544592
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - December 6th, 2016

This is a fascinating and timely exploration of the world today. How do we deal with the incredible (and increasing) pace of change? The relentless advance of technology? Ito and Howe are involved in the MIT Media Lab, an interdisciplinary group of MIT professors and other smart folks who are involved in creating our future. While the book is a little too MIT Media Lab heavy - meaning, not drawing from other places enough - it is a great read for anyone grappling with how to adapt and thrive in the new world that is evolving. They present nine themes, for instance, Resilience over Strength, that they believe will better serve us going forward. Well worth the time! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow

Dear Couch, We're Through! by Jenn Benson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780996484237
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Published: Shirespress - August 19th, 2016

Giving up the couch in favor of arduous first-time jogs or frustrating morning drives to the regional gym can be daunting, unpleasant, and seemingly near-impossible. Dear Couch, We're Through! proves that Jenn Benson not only understands this and all the other reasons we tend to resist exercise, but also how our approach to "getting fit" itself impacts what we actually get out of it. With an accessible format, spot-on humor, and plenty of real stories (triumphant and non), beginners and old pros alike can lean on Benson for all the quick advice and long-term strategy you'd expect from a personal trainer. Add it to your gym bag and feel free to mark it up—this is the perfect place to start your year (or month, or week) of exercise! ~Reviewed by Aubrey Restifo

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062300546
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Published: Harper - June 28th, 2016

Vance traces his evolution from a self-described hillbilly to a graduate of Yale Law School. The economic and social hardships of his family are mitigated by the family's solidarity facing adversity. Hillbilly Elegy is a no-holds barred personal recollection of the rough road to the American Dream. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare

The Kingdom of Speech

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ISBN: 9780316404624
Published: Little, Brown and Company - August 30th, 2016

A sharp piece of argument by the great anti-establishment writer, Tom Wolfe himself. He pinpoints the flaws in Darwin's theory of evolution and tears apart Noam Chomsky's theory of universal grammar. According to Wolfe, language is the the very thing that separates human beings from other animals and this difference cannot be explained by current scientific means. An entertaining read whether you agree with him or not. Tom Wolfe's biting criticism never gets old. ~ Reviewed by Chris Van Natten

The Hatred of Poetry

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ISBN: 9780865478206
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Published: FSG Originals - June 7th, 2016

Counting himself among poetry-haters, Lerner, a poet, addresses those readers who have ever felt turned off or repelled by poetry. His argument is both a defense and acknowledgment of poetry's failings. Its persuasiveness rests in his ability to reconcile language's limitations with the poet's grand ambition, the creation of a transcendent, unifying song. Though writing poems is to pursue an impossible goal, to fail again and again, this small book renewed my belief in poetry's vast possibilities. ~ Reviewed by Cathy Taylor


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