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The Ten Loves of Nishino by Hiromi Kawakami - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781609455330
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Published: Europa Editions - June 4th, 2019

Each chapter is dedicated to one of the different lovers of Mr Nishino, and we navigate through his life by way of their personalities, and how they change his, by way of their intimacies. A beautifully written novel, which is expertly translated by Allison Markin Powell, that explores the way our relationships are indicative of a particular moment in our life, and the way both parties are subtly changed by the experience. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Metropolitan Stories: A Novel by Christine Coulson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781590510582
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Published: Other Press - October 8th, 2019

A wonderful collection of stories, some more fantastical than others, of life behind the scenes of the Metropolitan Museum in NYC. We read about many of the works of art that are on display today, some of those in storage in the bowels of the museum, the people that work with them on a daily basis, and the people that visit them. If you’re a museum junkie, you’ll swoon over this collection of exquisitely written gems. Coulson took a sabbatical from working in the museum itself to write this book, and her intimate knowledge shines through, she has surely created a work of art worthy to be placed there itself. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Never Home Alone: From Microbes to Millipedes, Camel Crickets, and Honeybees, the Natural History of Where We Live by Rob Dunn - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781541618305
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Published: Basic Books - October 1st, 2019

I can’t praise this book enough, and it’s about so much more than it appears.
The research and details that are covered in this book are breathtaking. Rob Dunn is a biologist, as well as Professor of Biology at North Carolina University, and clearly, the things that live in our homes with us are a passion of his. Not only do we learn all about the things we can see; cockroaches, ants, mice, for example, but also the things we can’t see, namely the seemingly endless kinds of bacteria that live on us, as well as around us. We learn the history of our emotions to certain living things, the reasons why we prefer some over others, and the ways they can influence not only our health, but sometimes our personality.
I had so many jaw dropping moments while reading, and I could not wait to share these revelations to anyone who would listen. I can not recommend this highly enough. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


Trick by Domenico Starnone - Book Review

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By Domenico Starnone, Jhumpa Lahiri (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781609454449
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Published: Europa Editions - March 6th, 2018

I was completely entranced by Starnone’s beautifully written novel. It is a snapshot of a man at the latter end of his life, who, while spending a few days looking after his grandson, takes stock of his life so far. The interactions between the grandfather, and his grandson, are so spot on, to be exquisite, and the way Starnone investigates the theme of a man nearing the end of his life, and evaluating it, and the choices he’s made, in contrast with a boy at the beginning of his, are sublime. Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


To the River: A Journey Beneath the Surface (Canons #71) by Olivia Laing - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781786891587
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Published: Canongate Books - October 5th, 2017

This is a wonderful book about place, and how it’s history can shape it, as well as us. Laing follows the history of the River Ouse as it meanders through the county of Sussex, and the people that witnessed it. We spend a lot of time with Virginia Woolf and how she was drawn to the river in life, and also, how she used it in her death. But the historical figures, and authors specifically, that Laing references are many, and I loved dipping into the aspects of their lives through the river. A beautifully lyrical ode to one of the natural features of the earth that we live our lives parallel too, and a reminder of how much they influence us. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


The Feather Thief: Beauty, Obsession, and the Natural History Heist of the Century by Kirk Wallace Johnson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101981634
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Published: Penguin Books - April 23rd, 2019

This book reads like a novel, and will totally sweep you along with the intrigue and crimes that surround the colorful world of the exotic bird feather collectors, and the people that facilitate them. You will not believe how feathers have been used, and sought after, through history, and Johnson does his subject justice with extensive research. From fly fishing, to high fashion, this gripping true crime heist, and one man’s obsession to solve it, will keep you breathlessly turning pages. ~ Reviewed by Becky Doherty


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