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The Terrible: A Storyteller's Memoir by Yrsa Daley-Ward - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9780143132622
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Published: Penguin Books - June 5th, 2018

Daley-Ward's writing has a cadence like an undertow - snatches you footing from you and pulls you into the story, until before you know it you're miles out to sea and surrounded by her words. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


The Future by Neil Hilborn - Book Review

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$16.00
ISBN: 9781943735310
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Published: Button Poetry - April 3rd, 2018

Remember the sophomore album of your favorite band? The excitement of knowing it wasn't a one-off phenomenon, these guys were here to stay, and damn it if you couldn't see exactly how much they'd grown in part 2? Here's that feeling, encapsulated in a book as slim and attractive as you are in your head. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Out There: The Wildest Stories from Outside Magazine - Book Review

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$26.95
ISBN: 9781493030811
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Published: Falcon Press Publishing - April 1st, 2018

If you've ever been on a hike with me, you know the modus operandi is "C.U.U.C." (Chronically Underprepared & Unqualified Confidence). The heroes of this collection were all definitely more prepared than I to undertake their adventures, but did so with the same ambitious spirit. A melange of adrenaline-junkie tales, bizarre health retreats, post-apocalyptic landscapes, secret races, and a bunch of stuff to put on your bucket list. For my part, I'll be training for the Great Divide Race and biking the Boston Marathon route while keeping my eyes peeled for the rare but worthwhile Felchin chocolate. What adventures await you? ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller - Book Review

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$22.99
ISBN: 9780062684820
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Published: Ecco - April 17th, 2018

Sci-fi is often praised for its realistic prediction of the future, and Blackfish City sounds less like a distant possibility than a direct probability. I love the shift away from Euro-American centrism and the vision of an Inuit-PanAsian multicultural future. A future where the problems of today - the machinations of the uber-wealthy, backlogged governments, controlled scarcity of resources, housing crises - no longer move under the water, but are rising to the surface...
And if that doesn't grab you: nano-bonding orca-riding spear-weilding warrior woman cross between Philip Pullman and Bladerunner. Seriously, just read the first chapter. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


Dreadful Young Ladies and Other Stories by Kelly Barnhill - Book Review

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$24.95
ISBN: 9781616207977
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Published: Algonquin Books - February 20th, 2018

Full disclosure: I haven't finished this yet. But I already love it so much I'm taking up precious space and weight in my suitcase to take it with me on my sojourn abroad. Readers of Her Body and Other Parties will find a sister in Barnhill's collection. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


It Occurs to Me That I Am America: New Stories and Art by Jonathan Santlofer - Book Review

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$30.00
ISBN: 9781501179600
Availability: Hard to Find - May no longer be available
Published: Atria Books - January 16th, 2018

I have been avoiding the slew of post-election political-analytical books (even the current #1 bestseller); whether I should be or not, I am fatigued by their endless dissection. But I never grow tired of reading the way that everyday Americans have thought about the state of the union. Their fears, their hopes, their experiences; they never grow stale or overblown, but quietly urge us onward. ~ Reviewed by Katelynne Shimkus


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