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Wordslut: A Feminist Guide to Taking Back the English Language by Amanda Montell - Book Review

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062868879
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Published: Harper Wave - May 28th, 2019

A book about feminism and language? Did somebody just call my wheelhouse?
What does it mean to be a woman who swears? Should you change your speech patterns to sound more assertive, or is that sexist? What do feminists and nonbinary people do in languages with gendered nouns? Why do so many of our curse words shoot from the male perspective? If you've ever wondered one of these questions, or if you're a feminist who speaks, this book is for you. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Because Internet: Understanding the New Rules of Language by Gretchen McCulloch - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735210936
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Published: Riverhead Books - July 23rd, 2019

McCulloch is the researcher I aspire to be. Her enthusiasm and fascination with the subject combined with her humor to make an already engrossing subject an equally captivating read. No matter how much or how little you think you know about the internet, there's something in here to learn about how it grew, and how it affects the way we communicate. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Alice Isn't Dead: A Novel by Joseph Fink - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062844132
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 30th, 2018

The perfect post-op for a panic attack. Based on (but different from) the podcast, Alice Isn't Dead features an anxiety-ridden protagonist searching for her lost, apparently not-deceased wife, in a world where monsters and conspiracies lurk on the side of the road. Perhaps being so afraid isn't as illogical as it seems; perhaps it's not even a hindrance, but a power... ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon - Book Review

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By Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780143034902
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Published: Penguin Books - January 25th, 2005

A stay-up-all-night engrossing mystery surrounding a book which young Daniel takes from the Cemetery of Lost Books - a book which happens to be the only surviving copy. Someone has been hunting down the author and burning his every story. Daniel is in obvious danger, another peril is subtly drawing him in, as the author's life and his own become strikingly parallel... ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Politics: A Novel by Adam Thirlwell - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780007163670
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 31st, 2004

As Thirlwell said in an interview, "Politics is the study of human interaction." And how better to tell that story than through sex ("a series of thoughts and movements"), major historical upheavals, and the arc of one particular ménage-a-trois? ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve: What the Numbers Reveal About the Classics, Bestsellers, and Our Own Writing by Ben Blatt - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501105395
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 20th, 2018

Who says you can't be nerdy in a books and in a numbers way? Statistical analysis that's fun, fascinating, even helpful in your writing. If Strunk & White is too basic for you, pick up Mauve. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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