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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

Nobody Knows My Name (Vintage International) by James Baldwin - Book Review

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$14.00
ISBN: 9780679744733
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Published: Vintage - December 1st, 1992

A truly amazing collection of Baldwin's moving essays on the impact of racism in America and his own personal experiences with his identity when living abroad. I found Nobody Knows My Name to be an eye-opening anthology on Baldwin's run-ins with other authors and deep thinkers as they discussed what it meant to be a Black author in America up until the early 1960s. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Go Tell It on the Mountain (Vintage International) by James Baldwin - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780345806543
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

A semi-biographical tale, Baldwin paints a vivid picture of the meaning of religion and identity in the lives of those heavily affected by racism and family secrets. This is the empowering story of a young boy's life told through multiple perspectives of his family living in 1930s Harlem as they reveal past relationships, hardships, and how religion has become a main focus of their lives. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Annie Muktuk and Other Stories (Robert Kroetsch) by Norma Dunning - Book Review

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$22.99
ISBN: 9781772122978
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Published: University of Alberta Press, an Imprint of Un - June 6th, 2017

A beautiful and often gritty collection of short stories focused around the Inuit people of Canada. Dunning's debut proves that she has a fascinating creative mind greatly capable of depicting the depth and complexities of being an Inuk during modern times. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Life Among the Savages by Shirley Jackson - Book Review

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780143128045
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Published: Penguin Books - May 5th, 2015

This was my first time reading a Shirley Jackson book and I think I love her. Her storytelling is delightful, amusing, and makes even the most mundane moments charming and humorous. Life Among the Savages is the true story of her domestic life in Bennington, Vermont raising her sassy and entertaining young children who will easily keep you smiling and laughing. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Dominicana: A Novel by Angie Cruz - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250205940
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Published: Flatiron Books - August 25th, 2020

This novel is an inspiring ode to the author's mother when she originally immigrated to New York City in the 1960s from her beloved Dominican Republic. The story of a complicated and loveless arranged American marriage, Cruz shows that a 15 year old girl can still find moments of happiness and self-fulfillment when left to her own devices in a new and foreign city. I admittedly devoured this incredible novel in just two sittings. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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