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Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, HER Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781328662057
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Published: Harper - April 2nd, 2019

A raw, honest, and moving glimpse at the world of therapy, from the dual perspectives of a practitioner and a patron. Lori Gottlieb introduces the reader to her line of work through a series of interweaving stories from her patients and from her own life. This book is bursting at the seams with laughter and tears, reflecting faithfully the practice of therapy: finding happiness in a world that seems to fight us for every inch. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525512196
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Published: Random House - August 20th, 2019

If I could assign the human race required reading for 2020, this book would be slotted somewhere near the top of the list. After his cartography of the past in Sapiens and projections for the future in Homo Deus, Harari takes a moment to help us understand the present. With topics ranging from Big Data and genetic modifications to global terrorism and meditation, this book made me feel much more confident in my grip on reality in a world that can stranger and stranger with each passing day. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062316110
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 15th, 2018

No prior chronicle of humanity’s history has been quite so gripping, surprising, and insightful to me as Yuval Noah Harari’s Sapiens. Where other authors have tackled world histories event by event, year by year, Harari instead chooses to focus on the inner workings of our social structures and consciousness that separate us from the other living things on this strange planet. I was as often moved to praise Harari’s insight as I was to protest his bold new assertions. This book challenged my intellect and changed the way I look at history. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Bel Canto by Ann Patchett - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780060838720
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 2nd, 2005

In this novel based loosely on real history, a lavish birthday party becomes a hostage crisis as terrorists seize the high-profile guests for ransom. As the months drag on in a tense stand-off, unexpected relationships blossom between the hostages and their captors. Patchett shows no bias in her telling of the story, boiling the two opposing factions down to their common humanity. This is a book that changes your perspective on love, conflict, and connection. I learned a lot about music, too! ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 17th, 2004

This is a novel profound in its ambition. In Cloud Atlas, Mitchell weaves together six seemingly disparate tales across millennia, from a vessel in the Pacific in the nineteenth century, to a nursing home in the present, to a post-apocalyptic tribe in Hawaii in the distant future. Mitchell seamlessly swaps between stories without missing a beat, creating a work that engenders itself more as a feeling than a collection of plot points as he explores how even the most modest of actions can ripple across history. ~ Reviewed by Digby Baker-Porazinski


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