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The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet - Book Review

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By Laurent Binet, Sam Taylor (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780374261566
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - August 1st, 2017

I haven't enjoyed a book to this extent in a while. Not only funny, but clever, this detective story that all of modern philosophy both rewards the intellectual snob and pokes fun like a needle at their aloof, inflated, balloon-like ego. A delight for anyone whose humor lies along the lines of "Existential Comics". ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Depression & Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781943735204
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Published: Button Poetry - August 22nd, 2017

If you've ever benefited from reading Allie Brosh's Hyperbole and a Half and her Two-Parter on Depression, this is a more poetic, less humorous, equally vivid journey through the peaks and valleys of battling with despair. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Poppies of Iraq by Brigitte Findakly - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781770462939
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Published: Drawn and Quarterly - September 5th, 2017

Readers will be drawn to this collection because of its similarity to the popular memoir Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Finkaly's graphic memoir is distinctly different: taking place in Iraq (not Satrapi's Iran) as a member of a family of Christians frequently facing discrimination and suspicion from the Muslim majority around them. Finkaly's stories are grouped in shorter spouts, highlighting not only her own childhood experiences and impressions as an adult returning to Iraq, but also small moments showcasing Iraqi culture. In one short story, only the same two words are spoken, and only with the text at the end do we discover that the subject of this repetition is the bride-to-be's pubic hair: while we feel as mortified as she looks, this is a common pre-nuptial topic to be decided by the groom-to-be. A story of the human realities behind the news cycle of the Middle East. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

How Lovely the Ruins: Inspirational Poems and Words for Difficult Times by Spiegel & Grau

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By Annie Chagnot (Editor), Emi Ikkanda (Editor), Elizabeth Alexander (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780399592836
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Published: Random House - October 31st, 2017

What Death Wish is to coffee, this anthology is to poetry: a bold, bracing, jolt though the system that will keep you from seeing poetry as complacent ever again. A stirring and agitating read for the times we live in. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Legend of Korra : Turf Wars Part One by Michael Dante Dimartino - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781506700151
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Published: Dark Horse Books - August 8th, 2017

With a gorgeous illustration style that evokes the source but remains original, this graphic novel picks up exactly where the TV show left off. Korrasami fans will adore the queer love story that finally gets its due. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Coffee Drinks: An Illustrated Infographic Guide to What's in Your Cup by Merlin Jobst - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781911026235
Published: Dog n Bone - June 13th, 2017

A cute and informative reference that takes hardly any time to read. Because all of us have, at some point in our lives, looked at a coffee menu and wondered, "What the hell is that?" ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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