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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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ISBN: 9781945588440
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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


Luster: A Novel by Raven Leilani - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374194321
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 4th, 2020

I was quite captivated by Leilani’s impulsive debut novel that shifts frequently in tone, from light and joyous to raw and sometimes grotesque as it juggles authentic portraits of race and poverty relations, in ways that speak like sharp steel to the American consciousness. Anyone searching for a contemporary voice in this field best look no further. Leilani’s voice is as sleek as advertised. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780618918249
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Published: Mariner Books - January 16th, 2008

Curious about the world through the eyes of an atheist? Read this book. From fundamental thoughts to scientific inquiries about the true nature of life and reality, this is a thrilling read for both the religious and the irreligious. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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