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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

Honey Girl by Morgan Rogers - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780778311027
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Published: Park Row - February 23rd, 2021

Anxiety-ridden perfectionist, Grace Porter, has awoken after a drunk night in Vegas to discover that she has married a cute, but mysterious woman who has left nothing but her radio show business card behind. Follow Grace as she pieces together the puzzle of her rigid career plan as she deals with being a queer Black woman in academia & suddenly having a wife she knows nothing about. I think everyone can find something to relate to within the story whether it's a complex family dynamic, living up to a parent's expectations, the fear & excitement of a new relationship, feeling alone, or being unsure of what you want to do with your life. This novel was truly a breath of fresh air! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

The October Country: Stories by Ray Bradbury - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780345324481
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Published: Del Rey - April 12th, 1985

A delightfully eerie collection of short stories from the master of science fiction and fantasy. Bradbury's special gift in his subtle horror storytelling is that you aren't necessarily frightened while reading his stories, but after a few hours or even days go by, the stories come back to you and leave the creepy feeling that maybe some of the tales weren't fictional after all... ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Tar Baby (Vintage International) by Toni Morrison - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781400033447
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

In Tar Baby, the way Morrison writes about racism & classism from multiple character viewpoints is beautifully done with intricate descriptions & metaphors, all while sprinkling in satisfying moments of humor that turn the story into a subtle soap opera. Definitely one of my favorite reads in a long time! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Red Clocks: A Novel by Leni Zumas - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316434782
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Published: Back Bay Books - October 2nd, 2018

Red Clocks is a chilling fictional book about five women’s intertwined lives in the Pacific Northwest as they deal with the new court ruling that abortion is now illegal in all 50 states. These women are by no means perfect, and that is exactly what Zumas wants you to see in today's political climate. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Eat a Peach: A Memoir by David Chang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781524759216
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Published: Clarkson Potter - September 8th, 2020

As an amateur cooking enthusiast who knew almost nothing about Momofuku or "celebrity" chefs, I still found myself completely invested in Chang's memoir about his rise to the height of culinary prowess. I was inspired by his battle with depression and bipolar disorder as it pushed him to not be afraid of failure with the result of creating inspirational multicultural food that is accessible to people from all walks of life. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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