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Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side by Julia Shaw - Book Review

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$24.00
ISBN: 9781419729492
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Published: Abrams Press - February 26th, 2019

This book could easily be a thousand pages long, and might be a better book if it were, but there's at least enough here in its roughly 260 pages for the reader to find a basic understanding of why labeling people as evil or inhuman is more a misconception about our species, and also becomes an easy way to place blame and visualize people more as monsters and not acknowledge the darker sides of our own selves, and the grave responsibility we all share but largely ignore. My hope is that people will read this book and instantly want to look for more. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The White Book by Han Kang - Book Review

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780525573067
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Published: Hogarth - February 19th, 2019

Kang weaves together a series of short poetic vignettes of tales and symbols focused on the color in question, from the author's young mother who lost her first child merely two hours after its birth, to small yet vivid meditations of the writer held up at a writer's residency in Warsaw. At its core the book is about loss and grief, with incredible imagery and depth for such a slim text, over a relationship that should have been, but was taken long before Kang had any opportunity to discover it. If anything I've read as of late deserves one or more rereads it's this wonderfully evocative piece of prose. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The Lost Night: A Novel by Andrea Bartz - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780525574712
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Published: Crown - February 26th, 2019

Set in hipster Brooklyn in the late 2000s, Lindsay Bach tries to piece together a fateful night in which one of her friends commits suicide...or does she? This drug- induced, alcohol- infused debut novel moves at such a clip you will not want to put it down!
If you like Marisha Pessl try this author's first novel! ~ Reviewed by Whitney Kaaz


The White Darkness by David Grann - Book Review

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$20.00
ISBN: 9780385544573
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Published: Doubleday - October 30th, 2018

Picture the obsessed Antarctic explorer Henry Worsley alone, sustaining himself on melted snow and the dried and canned food he's dragged behind him on a three-hundred-plus pound sled, avoiding pitfalls both figurative and literal. This slim, photo-filled volume of Antarctic exploration is, paradoxically, a perfect winter read. Relativity is key: vicariously experiencing Worsley stubbornly battling through winds reaching fifty mph and temperatures that hover around the negative thirty degree mark, eking out warmth from within canvas walls and layers of sweaty wool, will make your drafty living quarters seem downright balmy in comparison. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780544176560
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Published: Mariner Books - April 22nd, 2014

A cryptic, highly literary murder mystery set in an Italian monastery in the early 1300s. Narrated by a Benedictine novice tailing his master, an ingenious Franciscan friar sent on a mission of papal mediation, the duo become the de facto sleuths in solving a series of murders which seem to mirror the signifying events corresponding with the apocalyptic Seven Trumpets in the Book of Revelations. Inspired by Arthur Conan Doyle and Jorge Luis Borges alike, this tale of secrets and intrigue features religious and political controversy, forbidden manuscripts, and a dangerous, labyrinthine library. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition by Joseph Heller

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By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

A blackly humorous, scathing indictment of war in all its nonsensical iterations. Follow the haphazardly desperate U.S. bombardier Yossarian and a mishmash of his eccentric compatriots in their Mediterranean misadventures amidst the absurdities of the Second World War. Heller’s classic narrative jumps around in time, replaying events from different perspectives for comedic and tragic effect. Alternately hilarious, bizarre, and deathly heavy. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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