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Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062887184
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Published: Harper Wave - September 15th, 2020

My eyes are now open to the contained and false nature of mythologies and tales about women since the beginning of written language, and how they have warped society's view of women, thanks to Elizabeth Lesser's thorough, truth-revealing book Cassandra Speaks. Why is Eve the embodiment of sin for eating the apple? Why is Pandora to blame for having and opening the box? What if women had been the storytellers of the centuries, and how would that have shaped the worldview on women and their place in the world?
We are all Cassandra, and we have been weighed down by countless male-authored tales that depict women as deceitful, sinning devils meant to be controlled and silenced. Partly a humble memoir, partly a social commentary, Lesser puts new spins on these stories of the past and looks forward to a future where women and men can be the kind of heroes that need not violence and domination to “win,” but instead love, compassion and communication. A great companion read for fans of Glennon Doyle’s Untamed--I guarantee you feel as if you’re breathing new, lightened air after the last page. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Hench: A Novel by Natalie Zina Walschots - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020

Hilarious. Picture a superhero movie and now forget both the hero and the villain. Think of all the people working in the background. This is where you would find Anna, an office temp that happens to prefer working for supervillains. Just a cog working on spreadsheets until she is accidentally injured by a superhero. After running spreadsheets tracking the deaths and damage caused by the superheroes she realizes they need to be stopped. In today's world the fastest way to wreck someone's life is to weaponize data and with the resources granted her by her employer Anna is on a mission to dispense her own form of justice. ~ Reviewed by Ben Parker


Northernmost: A novel by Peter Geye - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525655756
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Published: Knopf - August 18th, 2020

A cross-generational, dual-POV novel. In 1897, a Norwegian man lost for weeks in the Arctic returns home on the day of his own funeral. In 2017, his great-great-granddaughter travels from Minnesota to Norway to cope with the dissolution of her marriage. This book intersects physical and emotional loss in a really interesting way. ~ Reviewed by Nadja Tiktinsky


Empire of Wild: A Novel by Cherie Dimaline - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062975942
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Published: William Morrow - July 28th, 2020

This wonderful novel explores so many elements of the human psyche and also the traditional myths of the First Nations Peoples; the Metis of Canada. Dark and earthy, Empire... is told by a Native artist who is a true wordsmith. Here is the story of a grief stricken woman who is haunted by her husband's disappearance twinned together with the traditional lore of the Rougarou; Werewolves and the men they haunt. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


The Fire Next Time (Vintage International) by James Baldwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679744726
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

Baldwin's eloquent plea for racial justice, with its mix of erudition and memoir, set the template for hundreds of books, and is as trenchant and timely today as when it was written in 1963. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


The Bone Shard Daughter (The Drowning Empire #1) by Andrea Stewart - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316541428
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Published: Orbit - September 8th, 2020

The Bone Shard Daughter is a unique adult fantasy novel with multiple POV's, an interesting magic system, and an animal sidekick I would actually die for. Andrea Stewart doesn't hold back, effortlessly weaving together the main characters' story lines to create an action packed, political drama you won't want to miss. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


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