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The Everybody Ensemble: Donkeys, Essays, and Other Pandemoniums Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780374109660
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - November 16th, 2021

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland meets Vesper Flights in this whimsically melodic collection of animal based essays. Amy Leach and her ensemble will undoubtedly win you over with bouts of incredulous laughter and many moments of awe. If everyone should lend them an ear, we'd all  care a little more and learn a lot too. 


Review by Katelynn

$25.00
SKU: 9780935558654

Reading this book feels like strolling through an intimate and fascinating museum installation. Within are the accounts of prosecutions lobbed at both animals and inanimate objects throughout history, displaying the unreasoned masculine insistence to construct an 'ordered' world. A beautifully designed book.


Review by Dean

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Matrix: A Novel Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781594634499
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Published: Riverhead Books - September 7th, 2021

I didn't expect to care, but by the end I was crying. Not simply a character study of Marie de France, nor your average Medieval Nunnery slice of life; this epic story is also a meditation on power. Groff deftly asks readers is it better to be great than good? Do characteristics that society deem monstrous create the fortitude necessary to affect change? I don't know yet, but sapphic nuns are softly singing me to sleep, so I'll tell you in the morning. 

 


Review by Kitri

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How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America Cover Image
$29.00
ISBN: 9780316492935
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - June 1st, 2021

This is definitely a must read book if you are looking to expand your knowledge of slavery in the USA. Smith has carefully researched and documented the facts regarding slavery as it was rather than the pasteurized version we received in school. To quote the author:

"It must be a collective endeavor to learn, confront and reckon with the story of slavery and how it has shaped the world we live in today."

Once we embrace our past we can move forward. An excellent and thoughtful book.


Review by Sue

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American Kompromat: How the KGB Cultivated Donald Trump, and Related Tales of Sex, Greed, Power, and Treachery Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780593182536
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Published: Dutton - January 26th, 2021

Very interesting and thought provoking book. It shows the reader the tangled web of overlapping facts that all point back to potential Kompromat by Russian agents over the last decades. The greed, corruption and race for power is undeniable. It provides the answers of how America lost its moral compass, duped the public and lead us to insurrection. 


Review by Sue

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The Daughters of Kobani: A Story of Rebellion, Courage, and Justice Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525560685
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Published: Penguin Press - February 16th, 2021

This story revolves around the defeat of ISIS and the little know of the women who fought on the front lines, street by street, commanded units of not just women but men as well. These women demanded equality and justice. Their example demonstrates that women are capable of fighting for the equality of all persons. Their courage is inspirational, their fight for what is right for all of humanity. 


Review by Sue

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Three Hours in Paris Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781641292580
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Published: Soho Crime - March 30th, 2021

Cara Black has entertained us for over twenty years with her series featuring Aimee Ledue, a young, stylish PI who knows 1990's Paris inside and out. Who better to write a World War II thriller set in Paris starring young American widow Kate Rees who has been selected by the British and trained as a sniper with one goal: to assassinate Hitler on his brief, 3 hour stop in Paris.

If you love mysteries but also enjoy The Nightingale or The Alice Network, Cara Black has written a book for you! 


Review by Deborah

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Last Call: A True Story of Love, Lust, and Murder in Queer New York Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9781250224354
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Published: Celadon Books - March 9th, 2021

There has been a push in the world of true crime to shift focus from the perpetrator and their crimes, to the victims and their stories, and this book is no exception. The descriptions of the crimes, facilitated by the harmful indifference of law enforcement, are grisly but brief, opting more for an exploration of a buoyant queer community in 1980's New York as it faced waves of renewed discrimination in the wake of the AIDs epidemic.  My heart broke for these victims, and I smirked with recognition listening to each of their stories. I left this book feeling enriched and educated by the trials and resilience of my forebears, as well as a  renewed desire to keep their stories alive.


Review by Dean

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Assassination Vacation Cover Image
$21.00
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ISBN: 9780743260039
Published: Simon & Schuster - March 1st, 2005

Did you know, whilst on a train platform before he could fall to his death, John Wilkes Booth's brother saved Abraham Lincoln's son's life? It's interesting tidbits like this that you can pull out at parties or impress your friends with that you'll find in this book. Vowell, a history nerd at heart, travels to locations around the US immortalized by bloodshed, uncovering more about the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley. And with her sharp wit and wisecracking humor, it makes you feel like you're being taught a history lesson but by the cool, hip teacher.  

 


Review by Emily

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The Once and Future Witches Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316422048
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 3-10 days
Published: Redhook - October 13th, 2020

Alix E. Harrow's lush sophomore novel grapples with the allure of feminine power and the bonds of sisterhood in a historical setting. A creative twist on magic and imaginary worlds draws from familiar European folklore, sure to delight any reader familiar with Grimms Tales and other mythological stories.

 

Three sisters, traumatized by their violent father, discover one another on the streets of New Salem in the mid-1850s. A mysterious pull has drawn them together at the moment of two incendiary events: a protest for Women's Suffrage and the dramatic yet brief appearance of the Lost Way of Avalon. These events compel the sisters to work together, despite old wounds, and inadvertently aid a tyrannical mayoral candidate in his efforts to snuff out witchcraft forever.

 


Review by Danielle

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