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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062335982
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Published: Harper Perennial - June 30th, 2015

Finding your new favorite book is like meeting a cool new friend or a cute love interest. You get excited, you want to tell everyone about them, and you feel like you've just found a new companion for life. That's how I felt about How to Build A Girl within the first five pages.
I'm often asked to recommend "a good book that's not depressing" - this is it. In this scathingly funny and unflinchingly vulnerable story of a girl navigating through poverty and the world around her through writing music reviews, this character is someone you'll want to be your best friend, and a character you'll recognize in yourself. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Department Zero by Paul Crilley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781633882010
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Published: Pyr - January 24th, 2017

Ever wished for lighthearted, comedic Lovecraftian monsters? Or Hitchhiker's Guide, but a little darker with a snarkier protagonist (but every bit as hapless)? Whichever way you approach it, Department Zero is the peanut-butter-burger, improbably delicious mix of two seemingly incompatible sci-fi classics. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

English Is Not Easy: A Visual Guide to the Language by Luci Gutierrez - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781592409235
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Published: Avery - June 9th, 2015

I used this book in my ESL classroom. Full of amusing (adult!) illustrations alongside handy references for conjugation, grammar, idioms and insults, this book can make even the Future Perfect Continuous both understandable and enjoyable. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Whiskey Words & a Shovel II by R. H. Sin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781449480356
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - June 7th, 2016

Much like Milk & Honey by Rupi Kauer, this collection of poems considers the gap between expectations of love and the reality of human relations. Sometimes berating ex-lovers, sometimes encouraging the women he loves to be strong and hold out for better, and sometimes co-commiserating with the silly and terrible things we do for love, this is a perfect gift for the broken heart in your life. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Smoke by Dan Vyleta - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780385540162
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Published: Doubleday - May 24th, 2016

It's tempting to praise Smoke for its technical perfection, but that doesn't sound very sexy on a rec tag. So if you enjoy how writers (i.e. Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials; Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell; Neil Gaiman, American Gods) entwine our own world with a fantastic alternative, this is the "stay-up-late-to-read-what-will-happen" book you've been looking for. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams - Book Review

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By Tennessee Williams, Robert Bray (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780811214049
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Published: New Directions - June 17th, 1999

In 1943, Williams's sister Rose was lobotomized and institutionalized for the rest of her life. Williams always felt guilty, believing that if he hadn't left his family, he might have spared her. This is a story about everything that happened just before he left. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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