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Madison Gallup - Bookseller in Saratoga Springs

"The things we fear the most are often the things we should fear the least. It's irrational, but it's what makes us human. And if we're able to conquer those fears, then there is nothing we're not capable of." -T.J. Klune, The House in the Cerulean Sea

The Wall by Marlen Haushofer - Book Review

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By Marlen Haushofer, Shaun Whiteside (Translated by), Claire Louise-Bennett (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780811231947
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Published: New Directions - June 21st, 2022

This book was such a wonderful surprise. The Wall takes a simple premise of a woman in isolation and uses it to explore themes of loneliness, feminism, gender constructs, capitalism, and so much more. Our unnamed narrator takes us with her on her unexpected existential journey of survival when she is suddenly cut off from the world with no one but her dog, a cow, and a cat. What follows is an insightful and oftentimes bleak exploration of individualism and womanhood driven by a compelling, Walden-esque argument for the power of nature over modernism. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

Love on the Brain by Ali Hazelwood - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593336847
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Published: Berkley - August 23rd, 2022

Ali Hazelwood has done it again with another adorable STEMinist romance! Love on the Brain follows Bee and Levi: archenemies since their university years, when it was made clear that Levi hates Bee. As in, really doesn’t want to be anywhere near her orbit. Fast forward to today, when the pair are tragically forced to co-lead a neuroengineering project for NASA. What results is the perfect cocktail of enemies-to-lovers mixed with excellent banter and an agonizingly slow-burn, swoon-worthy romance (as in, she actually faints. Several times.). Highly recommend! ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

Carrie Soto Is Back: A Novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780593158685
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Published: Ballantine Books - August 30th, 2022

No one writes a fiercely loyal, misunderstood, and independent protagonist like TJR. Reid’s newest novel centers around the questionable and undoubtedly cold character we caught a glimpse of in Malibu Rising: the ruthless and passionate professional athlete, Carrie Soto. At the time of her retirement, Carrie was the number one tennis player in the world. Jump to 1994, when her record is stolen by an up-and-coming star athlete, Nicki Chan. But Carrie knows Nicki is no match for her: and she’ll do whatever it takes to prove it. I loved getting to know and understand Carrie, and eventually found myself sympathizing and rooting for her. Carrie Soto is Back is an action-packed story of growth, resilience, and the undeniable power of family and connection. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780316069885
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Published: Back Bay Books - September 1st, 2010

Eating Animals is a brilliantly written memoir and investigative report on exactly what it means to consume animals in today’s industrialized world. Foer has constructed a fully realized, unbiased examination of the meat industry both locally and industrially featuring interviews from dramatically varying perspectives. He refrains from being preachy while effectively exposing the horrors involved in meat production, and does so in a way that feels genuine and sincere. This noteworthy book changed my perspective on the cultural, social, and environmental implications of eating meat. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup

Loveless by Alice Oseman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781338751932
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Published: Scholastic Press - March 1st, 2022

Loveless has my entire heart! No one does YA quite like Alice Oseman. It’s hard to top her diverse casts of characters, relatability, and emphasis on inclusivity in all her books. Loveless follows Georgia, a young student starting university. Georgia has never been in love, had a crush, or even kissed another person. She loves romance novels, but is constantly wondering: “when will my own love story begin?” What follows is a stunning exploration of love and joy in all its forms, as Georgia comes to slowly discover and accept her identity with the help of her best friends. I adored this novel! ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


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