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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

Neverwhere: Author's Preferred Text by Neil Gaiman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062476371
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Published: William Morrow - November 29th, 2016

As someone who is rarely a sci-fi or fantasy book reader, this was the perfect novel to pique my interest in the mystical genre. Gaiman's cheeky British wit allows a highly imaginative story in the invisible London underground to become more accessible for the hesitant reader such as myself. After reading Neverwhere, I'd say I'm sold on all Gaiman novels from now on. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

A refreshing take on questioning society's expectations and understanding what it means to be content with what one already has. Although most readers will not assume that they can empathize with the unusual main character, Murata finds a way to make you realize that you're not so different from the convenience store woman after all. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Mo' Meta Blues: The World According to Questlove by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781455501373
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 12th, 2015

I have to admit, I had never really listened to The Roots before reading this, but Questlove's descriptions of the music industry in the 90s and 2000s did not disappoint one bit! His knowledge and explanation of music history was fascinating and I hung onto his every word. I even wrote out a giant list of albums I need to listen to because of his brilliant recommendations. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Not quite a memoir, but not quite a book of short stories, Little Weirds gives you a glimpse into the creative mind of the lovable comedian, Jenny Slate. With many stories bordering on magical realism, Little Weirds is sure to inspire and awaken your traditional way of thinking. Almost impossible to put into words, Slate has truly written a book that is unique and thoughtful. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Disappearing Earth: A novel by Julia Phillips - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520412
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Published: Knopf - May 14th, 2019

This is one of the few novels that I have immediately fallen in love with and dared to declare a literary masterpiece. Told with a large cast of female characters, I became enraptured as I saw their stories weave together to uncover the mysterious disappearance of two young girls and the history behind the Russian peninsula they all inhabit. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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