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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

The Vegetarian by Han Kang - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781101906118
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Published: Hogarth Press - 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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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

There There by Tommy Orange - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780525520375
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - June 5th, 2018

An absolutely breathtaking collection of interwoven fictional stories about the modern Native American experience in the city of Oakland. Do yourself a favor and immediately read this incredible novel! Tommy Orange's debut is not to be missed! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Laura & Emma by Kate Greathead - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781501156601
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Published: Simon & Schuster - March 13th, 2018

This is the story of a 7th generation Manhattanite told in vignettes throughout the beginning years of her relationship as a single mother with her daughter, Emma. Laura leads an unconventional and somewhat passive life until Emma’s honest personality inspires Laura to be more of the forward thinking person she thinks she already is. An intriguing debut novel that is as unusual as it is commonplace, which makes it all the more relatable as a reader. ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp

Petra by Marianna Coppo - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780735262676
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Published: Tundra Books (NY) - February 6th, 2018

Although she is endearing, adorable, & bold, Petra is not your average storybook character. This probably has something to do with the fact that Petra is a rock. So throw your preconceived notions of rocks out the window, and dive into the quaint, silly world of Petra and her vivid imagination! ~ Reviewed by Laura Knapp


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