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Commute: An Illustrated Memoir of Female Shame by Erin Williams - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781419736742
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 8th, 2019

Erin Williams commutes by train from upstate New York into the city for her day job. Along the way, the glances of the men she moves through provide the impetus for this searing examination of how the patriarchy reduces women to nothing. Her memories of alcoholism and rape make this more than a feminist screed. They lay bare how a masculine society exploits women for their own interests. A graphic Between the World and Me, Commute will leave the reader shaken regardless of gender—and reading long past their stop. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


The Dishwasher (Biblioasis International Translation) by Stephane Larue - Book Review

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By Stephane Larue, Pablo Strauss (Translator)
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ISBN: 9781771962698
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Published: Biblioasis - August 20th, 2019

Up to his neck in gambling debts, a young man gets the first job to hand: washing dishes in one of Montreal's busy Italian restaurant. There he meets an assortment of very real characters coping with the stresses and occasional triumphs of the restaurant world. He might just have found a way to save his life, too. Larue's Roman a clef is simply told and involving, a down-and-dirty story of the underworld behind the dish of the day. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Doxology: A Novel by Nell Zink - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062877789
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Published: Ecco - August 27th, 2019

Nell Zink has long been tipped as a novelist to watch. At last, here is a teeming magnum opus of life at the end of the last century and the beginning of the next. As the American empire careens towards a final reckoning with the logic of late capitalism, Zink presents the masque of anarchy as seen through the eyes of a couple of indie rock veterans raising their child in downtown Manhattan. Zink's prose has the ability to make you giggle with recognition and then sideswipe you with an insight that belies her years. For anybody who has lived through the time (that is to say, all of us), the book is a touchstone of opportunities met and missed. It's also a reminder that for all the mistakes we might have made, decency is still possible--even if we have to work at it. Like a plane crashing into the World Trade Center, Doxology is impossible to stop and hits the reader where they live. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


Joe Country (Slough House #6) by Mick Herron - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781641290555
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Published: Soho Crime - June 11th, 2019

The sixth installment of the Slough House series shows that Herron is still on top of his game. Jackson Lamb's bureau of misfit agents are reeling from the slaughter of their colleagues and a new recruit who may possibly be a psychopath. Then their nemesis makes an untimely reappearance. The chase is on, and it soon becomes clear that the hunted may very well be the hunter. Thanks to Herron's garrote-tight plotting and kill-the-hostages sense of humor, the tension is only relieved by the reader's laughter. Another winner. ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


The Keeper of Lost Causes: The First Department Q Novel (A Department Q Novel #1) by Jussi Adler-Olsen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780452297906
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Published: Dutton - July 31st, 2012

After using his partner's body as a human shield, Copenhagen homicide detective Carl Morck is assigned to deal with cases that aren't so much cold as in deep freeze. With the surprisingly resourceful help-meet Assad, the two-man department investigate a Danish politician who boarded a ferry and was never seen again. Once Adler-Olsen's pieces are in place, take a sick day, because the first novel in his Department Q series is nigh unstoppable. A satisfyingly complex mystery that's a cut above the usual Scandinavian fare (and not too grisly). ~ Reviewed by Charles Bottomley


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