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Damnation Spring by Ash Davidson - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9781982144401
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Published: Scribner - August 17th, 2021

For generations, Rich Gundersen's family has made its living by cutting trees along the rugged California coast for the powerful Sanderson Timber Company. When Rich's wife begins to suspect that chemical defoliants used by the company are causing miscarriages and birth defects in the area, her tentative alliance with the concerns of an environmental group makes her family a target of retribution and jeopardizes Rich's plans to harvest timber on his own land. The author invests the Gundersens, Rich, Colleen, and their young son Chub, with a strength and courage to endure that matches the ancient redwoods that tower over their majestic surroundings. This is a vitally important American novel and the complex issues it explores still resonate ominously in today's world. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


Young Bucks: Killing the Business from Backyards to the Big Leagues by Matt Jackson - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9780062937834
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Published: Dey Street Books - November 17th, 2020

Professional wrestling is often a David vs Goliath story. A regular joe goes into battle against a hulking colossus, a beer swilling redneck fights against his corporate employers, or a small upstart promotion tries taking on the establishment. Killing the Business by Nick and Matt Jackson ("The Young Bucks") settles into this groove nicely. Smaller, athletic brothers (not twins, they'll point out) raised in the pro-wrestling oasis of Southern California, the Jacksons found international fame (and infamy) through hard work, luck, and more than a few missteps along the way. A breezy read, Killing the Business is among the best pro wrestling books published in the past few years. ~ Reviewed by Chris Linendoll


The Complete Works of Alberto Caeiro: Bilingual edition by Fernando Pessoa - Book Review

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By Fernando Pessoa, Margaret Jull Costa (Translated by), Patricio Ferrari (Translated by), Jerónimo Pizarro (Introduction by)
$18.95
ISBN: 9780811227803
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Published: New Directions - July 28th, 2020

Pessoa is just beginning to earn the reputation he deserves in this country as a major modernist poet as great and original as Rilke, Yeats, Eliot, etc. Pessoa created a constellation of heteronyms or alter egos and proceeded to create a body of poetry for each. Following Pessoa's novel The Books of Disquiet, comes this volume of the complete work (and some delightful writings in praise of) Alberto Caeiro, a pastoral shepherd-poet, "authentic" and close to nature who died young and exerted a profound influence on Pessoa's other two great poets, the avant garde Alvaro de Campos and classical Ricardo Reis. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781568585987
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Published: Bold Type Books - August 15th, 2017

Devastating & brilliant. "Modern classic" doesn't do this book justice. I think it's quite simply the most important book on American History of our time. Kendi's achievement is something like that of Howard Zinn's in The People's History of the United States, but frankly more perceptive, more sophisticated, better. Can I make every American read it? Please!?! ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Dark Archives: A Librarian's Investigation into the Science and History of Books Bound in Human Skin by Megan Rosenbloom - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780374134709
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - October 20th, 2020

Dark Archives, a macabre investigation into books actually bound in human skin, becomes a powerful testimony to medical ethics, consent, and the indubitable progress of medicine since the time when doctors associated with graverobbers and didn't think twice about saving enough skin from some poor corpse to bind a favorite book or two. A fascinating, if grisly, read that humanizes the mostly anonymous victims. The vast majority of "anthropodermic bibliopegy" books originate from 19th century surgeons, and Rosenbloom stops along the way dispelling rumors and misunderstandings and exploring the contrasting ethical perspectives of librarians, scholars, and institutions. Most importantly, these books don't look anything like the Necronomicon. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Cosmogony: Stories by Lucy Ives - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781593765996
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Published: Soft Skull - March 9th, 2021

Diverse short story collection which includes, but is not limited to, demons, mathematical equations, care bears, Frida Kahlo, Murder, She Wrote, time travel, and cats that look like pandas. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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