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Get Your Sh*t Together: How to Stop Worrying About What You Should Do So You Can Finish What You Need to Do and Start Doing What You Want to Do (A No F*cks Given Guide) by Sarah Knight - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780316505079
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - December 27th, 2016

Self-proclaimed anti-guru Sarah Knight’s No F*cks Given self-help books are a must read series. Specifically, this aggressive-but-beautiful little book, Get Your Sh*t Together! Mixing humor with legitimately helpful tasks, this quick read is a helpful tool for anyone feeling overwhelmed balancing their work life with mental-health, anxiety and life goals. It’s an in-your-face, laugh out loud stress reliever. Whenever I start to feel the work and life pressure building my anxiety, I read a couple pages of this book and practice Knight’s prioritizing exercises to clear my head. Overall, a fantastic book to help you help yourself. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


The Hero by Lee Child - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780008355784
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Published: Tls Books - November 28th, 2019

“What is the purpose of fiction? I think it can be summed up in a simple phrase: To give people what they don't get in real life.”
From the creator of the Jack Reacher mystery series, Lee Child discusses in short length the origins of the word and concept of “the hero” and its impact on culture throughout the centuries. This is a great quick read for creative writers and book-lovers to learn more about what makes a hero the hero in literature. Notable protagonists such as Achilles, Robin Hood and James Bond are mentioned. Only critique: where are the ladies?! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Healthyish: A Cookbook with Seriously Satisfying, Truly Simple, Good-For-You (but not too Good-For-You) Recipes for Real Life by Lindsay Hunt - Book Review

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$29.99
ISBN: 9781419726569
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - January 9th, 2018

I picked up a copy of this for my first apartment and it’s amazing! This is a cookbook that sort-of-but-not-really home cooking people like me can handle: simple, inexpensive recipes for every meal of the day that are healthy, but not too healthy. Each recipe catches your eye and makes your stomach growl in anticipation. This is a great cookbook for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time in the day (for example, I work everyday of the week and am rarely energized enough to make a fancy schmancy meal) but wants to eat healthier and make their own meals that they can be proud of. My favorite section of the book had to be the breakfast recipes! ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Little Weirds by Jenny Slate - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

I love Jenny Slate for her comedy (Mona Lisa from Parks and Rec is ICONIC) but I’ve fallen for her more serious side after reading Little Weirds. A collection of short essays, detailing in strange phrases Slate’s thoughts and emotions, this micro memoir wraps you up in empathy and reminds you it’s okay to feel flowery bright things but also insecure and sad things.
It’s great. It’s weird. It’s moving. It’s Jenny.
Favorite quote: “Yes, there have been lots of feelings that have felt like breaths in with no out breaths.” ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


In the Lateness of the World: Poems by Carolyn Forché - Book Review

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$24.00
ISBN: 9780525560401
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Published: Penguin Press - March 10th, 2020

The poems in Carolyn Forché’s new collection keep coming to endings, in museums, cemeteries, and the body’s “briefly illumined” plots, each ending versed as "fields in bloom/but silent." Yet as with Forché's early work, "souls have their own world" in this work, ghosting a personal politic at those ends, and mapping an "unknown place as between languages” we all might understand. The poems read as if shaped of the "descendants of clouds" amid a "death darkening" world history, back across cities wherein their each speaker chronicles a history, the country of new beginnings.


Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators by Ronan Farrow - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316486637
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 15th, 2019

In an era when even the United States president, himself named as a predator, helps maintain a "precarious culture of secrecy," Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rowan Farrow unveils the fear-inducing lies which protect image-potent men from conviction, for the sexual violence they enact against women. Mostly written in an impartial, TV-passive voice, Catch and Kill lets the victims speak, openly reporting on their testimony and allowing its collective volume to resonate, while Farrow hounds and then exposes the ego and arrogance these predatory men use in debilitating their prey. ~ Reviewed by Ray Marsocci


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