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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.

The Silence of the White City by Eva Garcia Sáenz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984898593
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Published: Vintage Crime/Black Lizard - July 28th, 2020

The Silence of the White City by Eva Garcia Saenz is a fantastic mystery set in Basque country. A serial killer is on the loose twenty years after they were thought to be put behind bars. Filled with a rich sense of place and interwoven with Basque culture, this is a highly engaging mystery that will leave you guessing to the end. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Empire of Gold: A Novel (The Daevabad Trilogy #3) by S. A. Chakraborty - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062678164
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 30th, 2020

The Empire of Gold is the last in S.A.Chakraborty's Daevebad Trilogy. This trilogy is highly engrossing, wide in scope, emotionally compelling and complex in a way that reflects on our real world problems around power and class and race. Mostly, it is a great story full of plot twists and new characters elevating the foundation of the first two books. Enjoy the escape! ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time by Ben Ehrenreich - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781640093539
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 7th, 2020

Desert Notebooks is a unique blend of cultural essays, drawing on literature going back to the ancients and walks around Las Vegas, interwoven with natural world explorations. It is sequential entries into a journal, sort of, with meanderings into owls, the origins and nature of time and the progression of climate change. In the end, it is Ehrenreich's writing which wins the day in this fascinating, meditative, sad and Covid appropriate delving into life on planet earth right now. Highly recommended. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


The Dalai Lama: An Extraordinary Life by Alexander Norman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780544416581
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - February 25th, 2020

This is an excellent exploration of the Dalai Lama and Tibetan culture in general, as well as a history of 20th century Tibet. It is well researched and full of interesting stories. This is for anyone who wants the backstory of this great man or for those interested in Tibetan culture. It is a rich and varied tale of a world far removed from 21st century America. The irony of the horror of the Chinese invasion is that the world benefited enormously from the diffusion of the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism and from the expanded role the Dalai Lama was forced into. ~ Reviewed by Chris Morrow


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


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