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Time Zone J by Julie Doucet - Book Review

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$29.95
ISBN: 9781770464988
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - April 19th, 2022

Legendary and groundbreaking cartoonist/zinester Julie Doucet has come out of retirement and produced this absolutely astonishing comic memoir. A graphic novel that challenges the reader with a revolutionary stream of consciousness sketchbook-diary format, Time Zone J is a sublime and heart-wrenching love story about the author's snail-mail based romance with a French soldier in the "before-internet times." Deeply personal and beautifully drawn with impeccable rapidograph lines, it left my jaw on the floor and is without a doubt one of the finest comics I've ever read. ~ Reviewed by Reilly Hadden


Wolf Hustle: A Black Woman on Wall Street by Cin Fabré - Book Review

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$28.99
ISBN: 9781250816856
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - September 20th, 2022

Cin Fabre is a heroine "before her time", a projects-raised hustler (i.e. tremendously hard worker but also wheeler-dealer) living life on her own terms, fighting off the endless misogyny of her male peers and supervisors and forcing her way into the boys' club through virtue of both "nature" and "nurture." The “nurture” of her driven but non-affectionate mother and negligent and abusive father, and the quick, calculating and determined nature she inherited from both. Her unprecedented success at an early age and as a minority woman in the questionable moral morass of a Wall St cold-calling brokerage may bring the reader to the book, but the haunting tales of her Bronx childhood that she has brought to life so vividly here are the richest part of her story. ~ Reviewed by Jon Fine


A Memory Called Empire (Teixcalaan #1) by Arkady Martine - Book Review

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$18.99
ISBN: 9781250186447
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Published: Tor Books - February 25th, 2020

For me, this book had everything Dune was missing; the complicated feelings of loving the language and culture of a predatory empire, messages coded in poetry, a queer love story, informed, multisyllabic prose... I could go on. In short, I love this book and highly recommend it. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


Snails & Monkey Tails: A Visual Guide to Punctuation & Symbols by Michael Arndt - Book Review

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$19.99
ISBN: 9780063061248
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Published: Harper Design - March 22nd, 2022

A really cutely designed guide & quick overview to all the punctuation in the English language (& beyond!). It's laid out historically, in order of symbolic invention, but isn't shy to skip around to more modern information about a given mark once it's been introduced. Quite useful for reference purposes, especially towards the end where Arndt outlines all the shortcuts for typing less common punctuation that isn't present on a normal keyboard. Check it out if you're @ all interested in historical linguistics or just need a good coffee table book. ~ Reviewed by David Gray-Smith


Dark Earth: A Novel by Rebecca Stott - Book Review

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$27.00
ISBN: 9780812989113
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Published: Random House - July 19th, 2022

Stott takes on a journey to a devastated landscape, London deserted and in ruins centuries after the Roman Legions have left. Blending mythology and folklore (with current archaeological data) Blue and Isla struggle to survive their exile, their father "the Great Smith '' and their own talents. One is a seer and one a smith that could challenge their father, the clan, and their own fears. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


Shadowlands: A Journey Through Britain's Lost Cities and Vanished Villages by Matthew Green - Book Review

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393635348
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - July 19th, 2022

Everything this book is about is in the title except for how mesmerizing and thought provoking it is.
Green doesn't just take us into the past but also gives us an eerie and sometimes chilling look at the future. I did not want this book to end. ~ Reviewed by Maeve Noonan


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