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Laura Knapp - Northshire Bookstore Alumnus

“You should never read just for "enjoyment." Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends' insane behavior, or better yet, your own. Pick "hard books." Ones you have to concentrate on while reading. And for god's sake, don't let me ever hear you say, "I can't read fiction. I only have time for the truth. Fiction is the truth, fool!" ~ John Waters, Role Models

My Year of Rest and Relaxation by Ottessa Moshfegh - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780525522119
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Published: Penguin Press - July 10th, 2018

Moshfegh brilliantly humourizes an extremely rich and equally lost narrator who would rather sleep for an entire year than deal with the real world. A melodramatic novel in almost every sense of the word, and yet, it was impossible to put down. I greatly commend the author for creating one of the most enjoyable unlikable characters I have ever experienced! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Meet Me in the Bathroom: Rebirth and Rock and Roll in New York City 2001-2011 by Lizzy Goodman - Book Review

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$26.99
ISBN: 9780062233097
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 23rd, 2017

An addictive conversational oral history about the NYC music scene in the early 2000s. Goodman weaves together many viewpoints to show how America had lost its sense of musical identity in an increasingly pop-fueled world during the late 90s. You do not need to be a fan of all musicians or bands mentioned to appreciate the excitement surrounding the resurgence of indie rock. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Not That Bad: Dispatches from Rape Culture by Roxane Gay - Book Review

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780062413512
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Published: Harper Perennial - May 1st, 2018

An incredibly honest anthology involving the personal stories of individuals affected by sexual assault. Many unique insights from the authors provide the reader with the opportunity to understand the different ways sexual trauma can impact one's life. This novel should become required reading to help rid the stigma and skepticism surrounding rape culture. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


The Vegetarian by Han Kang - Book Review

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$15.00
ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth - August 23rd, 2016

Have you ever wanted to read a novel so haunting that it keeps you pondering months after its conclusion? Kang's The Vegetarian is definitely the novel to do the trick with its otherworldly look at one woman's self control and obsession about her food intake in a society where vegetarianism is frowned upon. Featuring multiple perspectives from the woman and her family members, this novel shows how others impose their ideologies in order to manipulate the ones around them for their own benefit. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


MS Ice Sandwich (Japanese Novellas) by Mieko Kawakami - Book Review

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By Mieko Kawakami, Louise Heal Kawai (Translated by)
$13.95
ISBN: 9781782273301
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Published: Pushkin Press - January 23rd, 2018

A delightful, light read about a young boy who is charmed by the world around him. He provides numerous quirky observations about people he is fascinated with, most importantly, an unusual looking deli employee (Ms Ice Sandwich) at his local supermarket. The narrator's endearing perspective will have you rooting for Ms. Ice Sandwich even when the narrator's classmates continually try to knock her down. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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