Thrilled to be joining the Northshire team. My genre preferences oscillate wildly from Historical Fiction and Fantasy to Nonfiction and a variety of classics. Let me know if you need a four-leafed clover--- I have more than I know what to do with.
Jules Verne’s beloved nautical adventure predicts nearly all of the workings of a modern submarine in its depiction of the Nautilus, an outlaw undersea vessel commanded by the enigmatic Captain Nemo, while further exploring the mysteries of the South Pole, tunnels beneath the Suez, hollow volcanoes, the lost continent of Atlantis, monstrous whales and cetaceans, and so much more. The level of research and care poured into this celebration of marine biology ensure its place among the greatest novels of its generation, centuries ahead of its time. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
Prominent YA author John Green’s latest book is not a coming-of-age story but a fascinating miscellany of essays, ranging handily from the playful to the profound as he seeks to encapsulate the essence of a human-centered planet. From the origin of the modern supermarket, to the opening of Penguins of Madagascar, to the relative merits of Canada Geese, this book took me on a wild and surprisingly educational ride, turning topics I’ve never once thought about into topics I just can’t stop thinking about. Buried in the five-star reviews, somewhere between the merry and the melancholy, is the reminder that there’s nothing on planet Earth that’s out of our grasping reach, for better or for worse. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
In 1946, a Superman radio serial called "Clan of the Fiery Cross" took aim at the KKK, obliterating Klan membership for years to come. Almost 80 years later, bestselling author Gene Luen Yang has brought the story back to modern readers, and it couldn’t be more timely. Superman Smashes the Klan follows the Lee family as they move from Chinatown into interior Metropolis, where they encounter casual bigotry and outright racial violence at the hands of the Klan of the Fiery Kross. As Superman comes to their aid, he must confront insecurities about his own identity as an immigrant from another planet. This magnificent graphic novel pulls no punches as it tackles racism and hatred from every conceivable angle. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
The second autobiographic-novel from Allie Brosh has proven just as unstoppably hilarious as the first. Packed with countless colorful and amusing illustrations, Problems and Other Solutions is a masterclass in befriending yourself, navigating dicey relationships, and railing against the injustices of the universe, whether massive or minuscule. Unlike Hyperbole and a Half, however, Problems is additionally layered with loss and grief, lending a sense of poignancy to balance the levity. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski
“I couldn’t put it down.” People like to throw that phrase around. It’s hyperbole, usually, but not for Project Hail Mary, the latest science-barely-fiction from Andy Weir, author of The Martian. A lone astronaut wakes up on a ship light-years from Earth, with no memory of who he is, how he got there, or why humanity poured their collective resources into his journey. Thus begins a harrowing adventure through physics, biology, and human ingenuity, with the stakes higher than ever before---not to mention Weir’s trademark humor and unconquerable spirit. You won’t be able to put it down. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski