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The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution by Christopher Hitchens - Book Review

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The Four Horsemen: The Conversation That Sparked an Atheist Revolution By Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Stephen Fry (Foreword by) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525511953
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Published: Random House - March 19th, 2019

The three remaining 'horsemen' reflect on the impact their one-time religion vs. secularism conversation—which appears afterward in transcript—has had since 2007. One of my great takeaways was the understanding and love for the beauty religion has produced in the arts and humanities, even for the nonbeliever. This is a deep and humanistic read meant to invoke further thought and comment. So, in the spirit of Hitchens, read, contemplate, debate. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Where Reasons End: A Novel by Yiyun Li - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984817372
Published: Random House - February 5th, 2019

A woman converses with her deceased son in a series of personal, philosophic musings and nostalgic reminiscences as she tends to her grief. Their banter is whimsical, and her pain is like a neutron star after a supernova. But—as her son explains—"perhaps there is no true togetherness when some pains remain incomprehensible.". ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side by Julia Shaw - Book Review

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Evil: The Science Behind Humanity's Dark Side By Julia Shaw Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781419729492
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Published: Abrams Press - February 26th, 2019

This book could easily be a thousand pages long, and might be a better book if it were, but there's at least enough here in its roughly 260 pages for the reader to find a basic understanding of why labeling people as evil or inhuman is more a misconception about our species, and also becomes an easy way to place blame and visualize people more as monsters and not acknowledge the darker sides of our own selves, and the grave responsibility we all share but largely ignore. My hope is that people will read this book and instantly want to look for more. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


The White Book by Han Kang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525573067
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Published: Hogarth - February 19th, 2019

Kang weaves together a series of short poetic vignettes of tales and symbols focused on the color in question, from the author's young mother who lost her first child merely two hours after its birth, to small yet vivid meditations of the writer held up at a writer's residency in Warsaw. At its core the book is about loss and grief, with incredible imagery and depth for such a slim text, over a relationship that should have been, but was taken long before Kang had any opportunity to discover it. If anything I've read as of late deserves one or more rereads it's this wonderfully evocative piece of prose. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Wanderer by Sarah Léon - Book Review

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Wanderer: A Novel By Sarah Léon, John Cullen (Translated by) Cover Image
By Sarah Léon, John Cullen (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781590519257
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Published: Other Press - January 8th, 2019

A lean piece of subtle romance and creative ambition lost somewhere in the past that becomes resurrected in the winter snow when an piano prodigy returns to visit his mentor to tell him he has given up music. Léon's tale is a chamber drama mixed with frequent linear flashbacks that moves the story at a brisk pace. A strong debut from an up-and-coming storyteller. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


Story of O: A Novel by Pauline Reage - Book Review

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Story of O: A Novel By Pauline Reage, Sabine d'Estree (Translated by), Sylvia Day (Introduction by), Jean Paulhan (Preface by) Cover Image
By Pauline Reage, Sabine d'Estree (Translated by), Sylvia Day (Introduction by), Jean Paulhan (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9780345545343
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 26th, 2013

Passion is sometimes misunderstood, misplace, or unwanted, as seen through the eyes of O a young devoted fashion photographer whose only true desire is to be submissive to her lover, René, though the story goes deeper into human nature and the need for one to feel desired and adored. At times baroque, O's tale is endlessly engaging, with an ending that feels both inevitable and almost prophesied. ~ Reviewed by Alex Bell


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