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These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393357424
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - October 1st, 2019

Lepore manages a stunning performance on a history that, as she mentions, is far too grand to tell in any one book, if at all. A cacophony of voices echo waves of political change, social upheavals, where something is acknowledged, an understanding or truth, perhaps, that throughout our country's nearly 250 year history American's have remained stubbornly consistent, and that what's past isn't necessarily prologue, but both present and future. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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


They Say Sarah: A Novel by Pauline Delabroy-Allard - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781635429855
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Published: Other Press - June 2nd, 2020

This little gem of a book, written in sparse, impressionistic prose, swept me away into a story that flutters like a heart at the onslaught of emotion reaped by new love. But, it's the stark second act that leaves you haunted. A gorgeous retelling of one of my favorite tropes, Death and the Maiden. I read this in two sittings, one for each section. This allowed me to fully absorb and ruminate over what was just experienced. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Guidebooks for the Dead by Cynthia Cruz - Book Review

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Published: Four Way Books - March 2nd, 2020

Cruz continues to flesh out her own portrait in a series of poems and poem cycles recalling her kinship with writers and poets of yesteryear, in sharp conservative lines Cruz paints their woes in life and death. These moving poems invoke stellar, yet haunting images of Duras, Lispector, and Bachmann, among others, as she takes a page from Dante, writing herself into their "parade of wrong voices". - Pomegranate Alex Bell


Create Dangerously: The Power and Responsibility of the Artist by Albert Camus - Book Review

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By Albert Camus, Sandra Smith (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781984897381
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Published: Vintage - October 29th, 2019

Poignant and feverishly incisive, this speech Camus gave in the late fifties is easily worth three or four reads while you fiendishly highlight and write in the margins. For anyone questioning the validity of art in our hyper-polarized culture, wondering if they’re wasting their time painting or writing when they should be outside engaged in socio-political protest, Camus’s answer is on the contrary. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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