J.P.

J.P.

JP Kemmick joined the Third Place Ravenna team in November 2016, fulfilling a lifelong dream of getting paid to hang out in a bookstore. He has twice biked across the country and once down the west coast. He is a long time comic book reader, an ardent music appreciator and a writer of strange tales.

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History of Wolves Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780802125873
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Published: Atlantic Monthly Press - January 3rd, 2017

This book stuck with me for a long while. It's one of the most compelling portraits of an adolescent girl I've read in a long while, full of the usual confusions, but oddly deformed by an isolated upbringing and a skewed vision of love: romantic, paternal and maternal. Add a healthy dose of unhealthy religious belief and you've got a wonderfully complex and fascinating read.


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What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307385901
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Published: Vintage Books USA - October 9th, 2007

The best conversation I ever had with a stranger on the bus was about this book. It's based on the life of Valentino Achak Deng, one of the thousands of Lost Boys who escaped the Sudanese civil war. Upon arriving in the United States, Valentino faces a whole new set of problems as he tries his best to acclimate to a not always friendly new home. Originally released in 2006, it feels like a novel especially apt for our current times.


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Pulphead Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780374532901
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Published: Farrar Straus Giroux - October 25th, 2011

Do you care about Axl Rose? I do not. Yet somehow, John Jeremiah Sullivan, in his brilliant essay, The Final Comeback of Axl Rose, made the beleaguered Guns n Roses frontman seem like the most fascinating character of all time. He did the same for Michael Jackson, an overly considered icon that Sullivan still somehow found a new angle on. But what really drew me in was the opening essay on Sullivan's trip to Creation Fest, a massive Christian music festival, which I myself attended as a teen. Sullivan avoids the low hanging fruit and comes away with a new appreciation for the Christian fanboys he meets. This is an essay collection not to be missed.


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The Hidden Letters of Velta B. Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544253216
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Published: Houghton Mifflin - July 26th, 2016

This beautifully written book is a multi-generational epic. It's full of Latvian folklore, magical thinking, eels and plenty of heartbreak. It's set in the modern era but has the feel of a lost folktale. Ochsner is an Oregon native, but she spent years traveling to and from Latvia to get this story just right.


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Citrus County Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781936365098
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Published: McSweeney's - June 7th, 2011

This quietly devastating book tries to answer the question of why good people do bad things. It is also a teen love story, a mystery and a love song to the strange swamps of Florida, which have infiltrated more than just the setting of this beautifully sad book.