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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

Correspondence (The German List) by Paul Celan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780857426420
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Published: Seagull Books - November 15th, 2019

Love and grief bound up in a series of letters between the famous German poets, Bachmann and Celan, detailing the passions and turmoils of their affair. An engaging page-turner that glimmers with the wide canvas of ardure, and what it's like to carry on when love can never be fully realized. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell

Malina by Ingeborg Bachmann - Book Review

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By Ingeborg Bachmann, Philip Boehm (Translated by), Rachel Kushner (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780811228725
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Published: New Directions - June 25th, 2019

Malina is life! Organic and visceral, Bachman paints a shattered portrait of an unnamed woman, and in reading this, I fell in love and became lost myself, as the narrator does, in the personas of this book. Mostly lost in the western world, Malina holds up to the greatest works in our western cannon. It's a dazzling spectacle of female identity that transcends gender constraints to become a truly sublime piece of fiction. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell

This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom by Martin Hägglund - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101870402
Published: Pantheon - March 5th, 2019

This! A new philosophy for our time that's still rooted in the past. I burned through this book so fast I forgot it was 400 pages, I even reread passages I enjoyed, because it was so engaging and thought provoking. Anyone interested in Knausgård's My Struggle series will devour this. This is my new favorite philosophy book. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell

A Devil Comes to Town by Paolo Maurensig - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781642860139
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Published: World Editions - May 7th, 2019

A stranger comes to town, promising a village of writers the chance to see their work published--the dream--but the catch is he's the Devil, come to devour the souls of everyone you know and bring the town to ruin, and you're the only one who knows the truth. An old-world style folktale about mob mentality and the fear of evil that stems from human vulnerability. If you could kill the Devil, would you? ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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