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Sinkable: Obsession, the Deep Sea, and the Shipwreck of the Titanic by Daniel Stone - Book Review

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780593329375
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Published: Dutton - August 16th, 2022

It is estimated that there are three million shipwrecks in various bodies of water all over the globe. None of them have been as firmly lodged in the minds and imaginations of generations of people as the remains of the Titanic. Plans to raise the lost White Star ship were formulated soon after the disaster. Throughout much of the twentieth century, schemes involving magnets, explosives, and inflatable pontoons were concocted and abandoned. Despite the expenditure of millions of dollars, locating the liner's final resting place frustrated every effort. Sinkable is a vastly informative examination of many aspects of the Titanic story that have been overlooked in even the most minutely detailed histories of the tragedy. It is also a fascinating study of the vagaries, the elements, and the power of the oceans. ~ Reviewed by Alden Graves


We Won't Be Here Tomorrow: And Other Stories by Margaret Killjoy - Book Review

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781849354752
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Published: AK Press - September 20th, 2022

I'm not one for SciFi (which is the common theme of these stories) but I really enjoyed this book. Margaret Killjoy is a trans woman who has written several books. She also runs a podcast on youtube and other platforms where I really enjoy her wit, which shows in her writing. What drew me to this book was the beautiful cover art, along with the summary on the back which reads:
“Spaceships, man-eating lesbian mermaids, swords, spears, demons, ghouls, thieves, hitchhikers, and life in the margins. Margaret Killjoy’s stories have appeared for years in the science fiction and fantasy magazines both major and indie. Here, we have collected the best previously published work along with brand new material. Ranging in theme and tone, these imaginative tales bring the reader on a wild and moving ride. They’ll encounter a hacker who programs drones to troll CEOs into quitting; a group of LARPers who decide to live as orcs in the burned forests of Oregon; queer, teen love in a death cult; the terraforming of a climate-changed Earth; polyamorous love on an anarchist tea farm during the apocalypse; and much more. Killjoy writes fearless, mind-expanding fiction that is redefining the genre.”
This collection of short stories was so enjoyable, I couldn’t put it down. It has the perfect mixture of Sci-Fi, Horror, Queer Romance, and more. I mean… Man-eating lesbian mermaids?? Count me in! If you like wit, drama, or anything really.. I can assure you this book has it all. This book will be shelved in our Fiction section but I would also recommend it to a MATURE young adult. ~ Reviewed by Ashley Newberg


Wandering Souls: A Novel by Cecile Pin - Book Review

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$26.99
ISBN: 9781250863461
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. - March 21st, 2023

Cecili Pin writes with deeply affecting emotional clarity in Wandering Souls, a novel exploring the perilous journey of three Vietnamese siblings who flee persecution in their own country, only to face unexpected variations of the same in London, England. Pin's sensitivity to grief in all its forms is exceptional here, expanding my understanding of what it might be like to lose everything and have to start over in a foreign place with no promises of acceptance.
This is a beautiful and thoughtful achievement. I really loved it. ~ Reviewed by Nancy Scheemaker


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

A beautifully written, vibrant account of some of the lost towns, villages and settlements of Great Britain. Green discusses what caused their demise, the hand climate had in the circumstances, and what they may foretell for our own futures. An exhilarating, dynamic portrait of our shifting social landscapes. Highly Recommend. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Car: The Rise and Fall of the Machine that Made the Modern World by Bryan Appleyard - Book Review

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$28.95
ISBN: 9781639362301
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Published: Pegasus Books - September 6th, 2022

An insightful, witty, often wild ride in the defining technology of the past 140 years. Appleyard effortlessly steers his narrative through the monumental social and economic effects of the car, and speculates, with some concern, whether Elon Musk will spark societal changes as significant as those forged by Henry Ford. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Kick the Latch by Kathryn Scanlan - Book Review

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$17.95
ISBN: 9780811232005
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Published: New Directions - September 27th, 2022

Told in a series of first person stories, this excellent novel charts a woman's career in horse racing. Working mostly at less prestigious race tracks, her vivid voice and matter of fact manner brilliantly convey both the atmosphere and the colorful characters that surround her. But this novel is chiefly about a woman's life and the experiences that shaped her, not horses. There's wit, charm and tragedy almost in equal measure, and the narrator's brusque manner only amplifies the different turning points in her life. A certain underlying wisdom pervades the entire book, and it feels like something one can only earn through a certain amount of living. The author captures that sentiment perfectly, and in doing so creates a memorable portrait of a woman's life. ~ Reviewed by James Case


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