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Chris Morrow - Co-Owner

Growing up in the bookstore was a treat. Books have literally been in my blood since I was young. Now I mostly read books about the state of the world or the various possible futures we might face. I hope books, learning, communication, dialog, and the chance to ponder possibilities beyond our everyday lives will contribute to a world which thrives culturally, economically and environmentally.

Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress by Christopher Ryan - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451659108
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Published: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster - October 1st, 2019

Civilized to Death: The Price of Progress is an excellent exploration of what true quality of life really is. It dispels many myths about hunter/gatherer societies and the modern myth of perpetual progress. Is being overworked, stressed out, disconnected and anxious about the future better than having lots of free time and being intimately connected to community? It is time to question some assumptions about the society we have created, often on the back of false narratives of the past. Civilized to Death helps clarify the realities of the past and the stories we tell ourselves about the present in lively and readable ways, provoking new questions and potential answers. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


Deacon King Kong: A Novel by James McBride - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735216723
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 3rd, 2020

Awesome. Great read. Highly entertaining while also poignant. A view into first generation black northerners in NYC mid 20th century. Unforgettable characters. And a narrative thread that keeps interest up. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


Life Undercover: Coming of Age in the CIA by Amaryllis Fox - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525654971
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Published: Knopf - October 15th, 2019

Life Undercover is a fascinating voyage into the world of espionage through a biographical journey of one Amaryllis Fox. Fox evolves in her understanding and perspective of her work through experience, romance, motherhood and global geo-political events. It is not a romanticized picture of the CIA, but an honest and revealing exploration of what it means to be a spy and the different approaches the powers that be can take to this work. Highly readable and engaging. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393083569
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 24th, 2019

The Shadow King is an expertly written, meaty and sublime novel about the Italian invasion of Ethiopia during World War II. It is a complex novel that flows with ease while exploring hard subjects - slavery, rape, gender dynamics, racism and, of course, the horrors of war. You will find yourself reading sentences twice for the sheer beauty of them, and to wade deeper into the layered meanings of Mengiste's world. The characters are fantastic and ring true. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Wolf and the Watchman: A Novel by Niklas Natt och Dag - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501196775
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Published: Atria Books - March 5th, 2019

A great, layered mystery that leaves you guessing until the end. Set in Stockholm in 1793, the city itself is a great landscape and the culture of the time comes alive in an essential way. A great lead detective character and an unlikely sidekick try to sort out a gory and ghastly murder. Fun, intelligent and historically interesting. Pick this up! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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