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Wild Life: Dispatches from a Childhood of Baboons and Button-Downs by Keena Roberts - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781538745151
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 12th, 2019

As a child and a teen, I was obsessed with the study of animals, and dreamed of becoming a primatologist. Although I never accomplished that, I never tire of reading about their experiences. This memoir does not disappoint. The author, the child of primatologists, describes her childhood and adolescence in which her family splits their time between the wilds of a research camp in Botswana and, perhaps even more treacherous, the halls of a Philadelphia private school, often with both pathos and hilarity. She always felt more at home and capable in the bush, but found maneuvering the tricky byways of the hierarchies of the American adolescent intimidating. This is a funny, tender, and optimistic memoir that seamlessly melds two very different, but often similar, cultures. It is a beautifully written story of a young girl trying to figure out where she fits in. Marvelous. ~ Reviewed by Tambra Johnson Reap


Know My Name: A Memoir by Chanel Miller - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735223721
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Published: Penguin Books - August 18th, 2020

If all you know about the Stanford sexual assault case that rocked the media in 2015 is Brock Turner's name and the fact that he was a swimmer, you really need to read this book. Written vividly and heartbreakingly by the survivor of this attack, Chanel Miller, who only recently revealed her identity when publishing this memoir, it is at once hopeful, horrifying, empowering, educational, humorous, and above all moving. This book is a hard, but important read. ~ Reviewed by Virginia Edinger


Uncanny Valley: A Memoir by Anna Wiener - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250785695
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Published: Picador - January 5th, 2021

Subsumed in Silicon Valley: Wiener's identity is shaped in a meritocracy of moneyed, sometimes misogynist millennial males. She frets that tech's tentacles draw blood, while little is done to stanch, or even recognize, the wound. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


A Promised Land by Barack Obama - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524763169
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Published: Crown - November 17th, 2020

A wonderful, poignant look at a man in his own words; interwoven memories and advice from his mother's humanism, shedding light on how he formed opinions and decisions throughout his presidency; how his hopes and aspirations were reshaped through the reality of his position and bipartisan strongarming. All the while glimpsing our inevitable future from Swine flu, to the widening fractions of American society. Well-told and characteristically hopeful. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802145420
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Published: Grove Press - June 14th, 2011

Brave Bird shares deep pain, courage, and humor as she reminisces upon her life, describing with personal insight the searing, impassioned struggle for recognition and respect led by the American Indian Movement (AIM) in the 1960s-70s. Between recounting the unbearable missionary school she was forced to attend as part of the United States' efforts to "solve the Indian Problem by making [them] into whites," the disturbing violence enacted upon her as a nine-month pregnant protestor at Wounded Knee, and the reign of terror imposed by tribal police against AIM supporters, this book is heart-wrenching and stingingly relevant today. ~ Reviewed by Maya Bon


Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now by Evan Osnos - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781982174026
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Published: Scribner - October 27th, 2020

Published weeks before the 2020 election, Osnos's brisk book offers a nuanced portrayal of a candidate on the cusp of the White House. Biden's near half-century in politics includes gaffes and missteps, but also abundant examples of a man dedicated to the common good. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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