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When Women Were Dragons: A Novel by Kelly Barnhill - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780385548229
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Published: Doubleday - May 3rd, 2022

This gorgeous heartbreak and joy of a novel follows a young girl in the aftermath of the Mass Dragoning of 1955 - a single day in which more than 600,000 American women shed their skins to become dragons. This is an incredible exploration of the dangers of suppressing trauma - and the power of women's anger. ~ Reviewed by Rachel Person


Bananas: How the United Fruit Company Shaped the World by Peter Chapman - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9781838857875
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Published: Canongate Books - July 12th, 2022

Before Facebook, before Google, another corporate behemoth controlled the lands, livelihoods, and lives of much of the Western Hemisphere. Chapman engagingly chronicles the rise and fall of the United Fruit Company, whose very existence was centered on a single, proletarian, often comical fruit: the banana. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Klimat: Russia in the Age of Climate Change by Thane Gustafson - Book Review

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$39.95
ISBN: 9780674247437
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Published: Harvard University Press - October 27th, 2021

A really enlightening and fascinating read. Gustafson establishes for the reader the current situation, relevant historical considerations, and significant contributors to the future circumstances. All together we receive a knowledgeable and clear picture and are left to consider the broader implications of the thoughts and considerations shared here. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Daughters of the New Year by E. M. Tran - Book Review

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$27.99
ISBN: 9781335429230
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Published: Hanover Square Press - October 11th, 2022

Daughters of the New Year shares the story of a Vietnamese American family in New Orleans and then works backward to the stories of previous generations. It is so effectively written, my heart was absolutely with the characters the whole way through. I loved it. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


The Deceptions: A Novel by Jill Bialosky - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9781640090248
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Published: Counterpoint - September 6th, 2022

A privileged New York City professor, facing her husband's antagonism, her son's withdrawal, and her mother's dementia, copes by viewing ancient Greek and Roman sculpture and obsessing over The Odyssey. A passive-aggressive dalliance with a swarthy visiting poet adds complications, and fuels her own poetic impulses, along with her attitude that it's all the patriarchy's fault. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


An Apparent Horizon and Other Stories by Ricardo Wilson - Book Review

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781948587204
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Published: Pank Books - October 1st, 2021

An Apparent Horizon is a sharp collection of short stories concerned with states of transition. The characters are grief-stricken yet dynamic - responding to tough racial and economic conditions with fantastical schemes and methods. The various characters work towards survival, navigating physical and metaphorical thresholds both painfully and joyfully. The stories are full of phrases with double meanings, weaving beautifully complicated narratives about human nature, empathy, and resilience. 'An Apparent Horizon' does not offer resolutions, but proposes that all the beauty in life is to be found in the confusing, optimistic pursuit of a better future ~ Reviewed by Gabriela Yadegari.


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