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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

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour - Book Review

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$26.00
ISBN: 9780358380887
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - January 5th, 2021

This satirical novel was the most “in your face” book I’ve ever read, and that honestly made it refreshing. I commend the author for writing a non-conventional “sales” novel that addresses racism so head on that it often playfully slaps you in the face because you know that there is a whole lotta truth to fiction. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Caste (Oprah's Book Club): The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson - Book Review

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$32.00
ISBN: 9780593230251
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Published: Random House - August 4th, 2020

This is likely the most powerful and intelligently written book I have ever read. I believe it should be a mandatory read so Americans can better understand the overlooked and almost hidden caste system that still exists today. Even though Wilkerson has provided extensive research on the correlation of caste systems between America, Nazi Germany, and India, the way she presents information is always easily digestible and eye opening so she never leaves any reader behind. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir by Robin Ha - Book Review

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By Robin Ha, Robin Ha (Illustrator)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062685094
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Published: Balzer + Bray - January 28th, 2020

If you are a fan of memoirs, the varying degrees of what it means to be "American", and satisfying visuals, then this is easily the perfect graphic novel for you! Almost American Girl dives into the true story of how one Korean teenager raised by a single mother is uprooted from her pleasant life with many friends and suddenly moved across the world to start a new life her mom has chosen for them. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781984820389
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Published: One World - March 2nd, 2021

As a Korean American writer growing up in California, Cathy Park Hong has realized that Asian Americans are typically overlooked by our country because they are often considered the "model minority". Park Hong powerfully lists the awful injustices of racism inflicted on the Asian community, in and outside of America, as it has shaped her own personal experiences with family life, mental health, and creativity. This is a must read! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


Tokyo Ueno Station: A Novel by Yu Miri - Book Review

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By Yu Miri
$25.00
ISBN: 9780593088029
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Published: Riverhead Books - June 23rd, 2020

Tokyo Ueno Station provides a poetic, thought provoking, and at times bleak world centered around an older Japanese man's experience becoming homeless in Tokyo over the course of his life. This novel truly has an uncommon but refreshing portrayal of a side of Japan that rarely gets shown to outsiders due to the unfortunate shame and stigma of homelessness. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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