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Spineless: Portraits of Marine Invertebrates, the Backbone of Life by Susan Middleton - Book Review

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By Susan Middleton, Sylvia A. Earle (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781419710070
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 21st, 2014

Simply stunning. Spineless features large, high-quality photos of invertebrate marine life. From starfish to jellyfish, sea snails to squid, Middleton’s photography is breathtakingly vibrant, with descriptive insights into each animal’s world and behavior. Not your average coffee table book, this one will fascinate for hours at a time. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


Varieties of Disturbance: Stories by Lydia Davis - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780374281731
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Published: Picador - May 15th, 2007

This collection has changed my opinion of what a short story can be. Some of Davis’s best stories are comprised entirely of lists; some are one-liners more profound than most of the novels and poems I've absorbed. Certain stories in this collection are exceedingly well-written, yet traditionally formatted short stories, but she’s at her experimental best when she’s stretching the limits of what the form can be; how it can be defined. Read this and wish you’d had half of her ideas first. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780804171632
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Published: Vintage - August 5th, 2014

With this fully illustrated journey through descriptive literature, Mendelsund will challenge and possibly change the way you visualize characters and settings alike. Mendelsund is the Associate Art Director for publishing giant Alfred A. Knopf and his aesthetic expertise is evident. Exploring the works of Tolstoy, Melville, Dickens, Joyce, Calvino, and Woolfe, among others, this book takes you on a tour of your own literary mind. What do you see when you read? ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Book: A Cover-To-Cover Exploration of the Most Powerful Object of Our Time by Keith Houston - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780393244793
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - August 23rd, 2016

This gorgeous book is a sort of history of itself: it explores in four parts (page, text, illustration, and form) the backstory of how books were conceived of and produced, and how that process has evolved over the past 2,000 years. From tablets and scrolls to the hardcovers and paperbacks we swap and cherish today; from the ostraca to the octavo, the calfskin to the codex, Houston ambles through ancient cultures into modern times. A perfect volume for booklovers. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781451678185
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 17th, 2012

The Illustrated Man is a both a character and framing device for the stories in this collection: a former freakshow carnie whose skin is covered with tattoos that move and come alive, each story in this collection represented by a different living tattoo. Tales of space travel, telepathy, corporeal entities, and technology gone awry collide in this sci-fi classic. “The Veldt,” in particular, is Bradbury at his sinister best. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


What Work Is: Poems by Philip Levine - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780679740582
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Published: Knopf - April 21st, 1992

Truck stops and bus stations; gin bottles and beer cans; the post office, the market; the minutiae of Levine’s daily life is rich with texture and nuance. The frozen rivers and slushy streets of Michigan and Ohio are on full, gritty display in this National Book Award-winning collection. From factory lines to middle schools, Levine examines toil and fatigue in all its dreary forms with nostalgic, empathetic verse. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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