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Sentimental Economy by Edoardo Nesi - Book Review

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By Edoardo Nesi, Antony Shugaar (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781635422146
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Published: Other Press - August 9th, 2022

Nesi recounts his family's textile company in Italy, which he inherited and eventually sold, while reflecting on the huge changes Covid brought to his former business, and to the world economy. An affecting, unusual blend of micro and macro-economics, and memoir. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


Six Walks: In the Footsteps of Henry David Thoreau by Ben Shattuck - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781953534040
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Published: Tin House Books - April 19th, 2022

Shattuck is the perfect companion on his Thoreau-inspired ambles on the beach and through the woods. The book succeeds as an extremely agreeable example of armchair travel combined with masterful nature writing. It also ignited in me a new curiosity about his muse, Henry David Thoreau. Sprinkle in the kindness of strangers, the importance of friendship, and the comfort of family, Six Walks is a deeply personal and highly relatable excursion by a very talented writer. ~ Reviewed by Stan Hynds


Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha LaPointe - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781640094147
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Published: Counterpoint - March 8th, 2022

A poetic and heart wrenching autobiography of an indigenous woman, that includes the stories of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. LaPointe shares the struggles of her life and the generational trauma of the women in her family. From sexual assault and homelessness, to alcoholism and child loss; she experiences her pain and anger through her love of punk rock, combining a punk aesthetic with the spiritual teachings of her culture, to heal herself. With her loving descriptions of the landscape of her home enriched by references to songs by Bikini Kill and PJ Harvey, LaPointe's writing is rich and intense. Might end up being in my top five favorites for 2022! ~ Reviewed by Misty Henrichsen


The Last Days of Roger Federer: And Other Endings by Geoff Dyer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374605568
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - May 3rd, 2022

Geoff Dyer, the author of always engaging books on all kinds of topics that never fit easily into a category or genre, returns with this study ostensibly on “late style.” His references and subjects range from tennis to Beethoven, from JMW Turner to Bob Dylan, from lecturing on Jazz at Burning Man to unsuccessfully taking DMT at Joshua Tree. The Last Days of Roger Federer and Other Endings is built from small sections of prose usually no more than a page that follow a pattern of one topic gradually shifting into the next which might not outwardly seem connected until Dyer brilliantly makes his point clear. Structured along threads like tennis (both the pros and his own avid playing), Nietzsche, Philip Larkin’s poetry, the effects of Covid, Jazz, almost confrontationally “interdisciplinary,” The Last Days of Roger Federer offers a bounty of riches and meditations from one of our most talented critics. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood


Baggage: Tales from a Fully Packed Life by Alan Cumming - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062435781
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 26th, 2021

Baggage picks up after Not My Father’s Son that had dealt with the trauma of his abusive childhood, and launches us into Cumming’s formative years and into his years of success on stage and screen. He takes us behind the scenes on many a Hollywood movie, West End and Broadway play and makes it feel like he’s taking us into his confidence, whispering secrets in our ears, and generously shares his creative highs and sometimes personal lows.
Full of joy, tears, discovery, love and amazing anecdotes, Cumming has penned the perfect memoir, and I can’t recommend it highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Summer Friend: A Memoir by Charles McGrath - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593321157
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Published: Knopf - June 7th, 2022

Summer memories of youth and adulthood alternate in McGrath's congenial memoir. A new friendship forged later in life, and its inevitable conclusion, make the summer reminiscences all the more poignant. ~ Reviewed by Mike Hare


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