dbaker-porazinski_39728's blog

Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life by Lulu Miller - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Why Fish Don't Exist: A Story of Loss, Love, and the Hidden Order of Life By Lulu Miller Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781501160349
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 6th, 2021

This book is a thing of genuine, ecstatic, eye-opening wonder. Radiolab co-host Lulu Miller’s bestselling story of her own life intertwined with that of 20th-century taxonomist David Starr Jordan is a memoir, a biography, a biology textbook, a history seminar, and an urgent plea for justice, all wrapped up in one. Why Fish Don’t Exist seems, at the outset, a book about the tragic futility and heroic hope of trying to tear some semblance of order from the chaos of life. As the pages turn, however, your every assumption is overthrown by illness and earthquakes and murder and eugenics and, yes, why fish don’t exist (and yes, they don’t!). Pick up this book. Have your view of the world turned upside down and torn asunder, and know it was long overdue. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk by Angie Sage - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Septimus Heap, Book One: Magyk By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Angie Sage, Mark Zug (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9780060577339
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Katherine Tegen Books - March 14th, 2006

Septimus Heap, the seventh son of a seventh son, is born with magical powers. His exciting adventures as apprentice to ExtraOrdinary Wizard Marcia Overstrand take him through a wondrous world reminiscent of Harry Potter, Eragon, or Howl’s Moving Castle, as he and his friends flee assassins, conjure spells, and battle evil wizards. First in a seven-book series, Magyk will give young fantasy fans lots to look forward to. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy) by Scott Westerfeld - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Leviathan (The Leviathan Trilogy) By Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Scott Westerfeld, Keith Thompson (Illustrator)
$14.99
ISBN: 9781416971740
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - August 10th, 2010

In an alternate 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand has been assassinated in Sarajevo, and the Great War is about to ignite. The lines are drawn: the Darwinists, with their genetically-modified beasts, against the Clankers, with their massive steam-powered war machines. Amid the chaos of battle, a disinherited prince of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and a commoner in the British Air Service must work together if they hope to survive. Best of all: the illustrations of this imaginative steampunk world are absolutely astonishing. ~ Reviewed by Digby BAker-Porazinski


The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz by Erik Larson - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz By Erik Larson Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780385348713
Availability: IN WAREHOUSE - Usually Ships in 3-7 Business Days
Published: Crown - February 25th, 2020

Larson’s day-by-day account of the Battle of Britain is a masterpiece of historical literature. Told with vivid prose and impressively comprehensive research, The Splendid and the Vile drops you helplessly onto the streets of London in 1940, at the height of one of the most consequential and heroic moments of the war. You will see the swarms of bombers crossing the light of the full moon, hear the dreadful wail of the air raid siren, smell the smoke of a thousand incendiary bombs, and feel the rumble of the war growing closer and closer to home. Most magnificent of all, though, is the reminder that against the backdrop of death and destruction, life must go on: babies are born, couples are wed, and hope kindles anew beneath the rubble. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters by Andrew H. Knoll - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
A Brief History of Earth: Four Billion Years in Eight Chapters By Andrew H. Knoll Cover Image
$24.00
ISBN: 9780062853912
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Custom House - April 27th, 2021

13.8 billion years ago, the observable universe burst forth from a dense, hot pinprick of energy. Everything that’s happened since then is contained in this book. Knoll handily takes us through each stage in our planet’s history, from the early days of inhospitable magma and meteor storms to the viridescent march of life from the seas to the shores, through the discerning lens of an experienced geologist. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Apeirogon: A Novel by Colum McCann - Book Review

Staff Pick Badge
Apeirogon: A Novel By Colum McCann Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812981933
Availability: Click Title for IN STORE Location
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 2nd, 2021

This is a heartrending work of not-quite-fiction, following the stories of Rami Elhanan, an Israeli, and Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian, each of whom lost a daughter to the conflict between their peoples. Told in 1001 short cantos, jumping through time, space, and theme with breathtaking flexibility, Apeirogon challenges the definition of a novel, the line between fact and fiction, the purpose of war. The story of Rami and Bassam is an incontrovertible argument for peace, and demands to be heard. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Pages

Subscribe to RSS - dbaker-porazinski_39728's blog