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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781449474256
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - October 6th, 2015

It's rare for a new book of poetry by an unknown author to fly off the shelves, but Milk and Honey is full fo defying expectations. With splainspoken poems, some as short as a sentence, Kaur delivers blow after blow - and takes some hits herself - voicing the struggle to assert yourself. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

The Word Detective by John Simpson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780465060696
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Published: Basic Books - October 25th, 2016

I have finally met my match in word-nerdery. And after you read Simpson's book, you'll be one of us too...
"Reading the dictionary" is usually an expression for tedium, but consider that David Bowie once called the Oxford English Dictionary "a really really long poem about everything." Former OED Editor-in-Chief John Simpson shares his same fascination with the most famous English-language reference, tracing the evolution of the dictionary from print to online, his personal life during his time on staff, and even the surprising trajectory of a few word entries. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Walk Through Walls: A Memoir by Marina Abramović - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101905043
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Published: Crown Archetype - October 25th, 2016

One expects the life behind peformance artist Abramović's stunning work to be as exciting and provocative – but this biography exceeds expectations. From childhood in Yugoslavia to worldwide acclaim, she traces her life and work with inviting frankness: you can both admire the artist and chat with the woman. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

The Subsidiary

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By Matias Celedon, Samuel Rutter (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781612195445
Published: Melville House - August 30th, 2016

A man is trapped in his cubicle at work during an emergency shutdown. With barely enough light, he manages to chronicle several days of eerie events using only the official stamps and documents on his desk. Each page in the novel is created using a real stamp set. This is printing at its best and it is something you can’t get in an e-book. A creepy, engaging read. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus

Time Travel

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ISBN: 9780307908797
Published: Pantheon - September 27th, 2016

We tend to think the idea of time travel is as old as...well, time itself. But surprisingly, travelling through time is a concept that only just came about in the last 100 years. Tracing the idea through literature, language, pop culture, and physics, from H.G. Wells to Stephen Hawkings, Gleick doesn't end up definitively proving if time travel is possible. But he will leave readers wondering: is it impossible? ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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