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While I'm not a huge fan of romance, this book was a lot of fun and perfect if you're looking for something cute and lighthearted. Drew and Alexa had chemistry that left me grinning like a dork and Alexa's existence in general--as a full figured, successful black woman--was a novelty for the genre. Overall, this was a fun, quick read with one of the best fake-to-real romance tropes that I've read outside of fanfiction. -Ciera B., bookseller
In "All About Love: New Visions," hooks writes 13 essays on different facets of love so that we as a nation can "return to love." Her words force us to leave imprecision and half-hearted sentiments behind in favor of truer meaning and fulfillment. To do so, she shows us, we must really break down the narratives we've held for so long. That's no easy task but I found hooks' dedicated commitment to understanding love both inspiring and affirming. Although certain segments of this book (namely the spirituality ones) felt a bit vague and questionable for me, I really enjoyed it. It's an accessible piece about one of my favorite topics and it both validated some of my own philosophy and pushed my thinking in new directions. If you're interested in an insightful look into what love is/isn't and how it serves as a life-giving force, you'll find some gems here! -Manasa, bookseller
Plotwise, this book is about a man who travels around the world, avoiding the wedding of his sort-or-but-not-really ex-boyfriend, trying to write a book, and being sad about turning fifty. It took me an unusually long time to get through it considering it's only 262 pages long. Despite those things though, I really loved it. Greer's writing is beautiful, and the ending left me feeling hopeful and satisfied. The narrator's affection for Arthur Less acts as the perfect counterbalance to his own belief in his ridiculousness. LESS is a very dense book, so you should know what you're getting into, but definitely worth the read! -Katherine, bookseller
Plotwise, this book is about a man who travels around the world, avoiding the wedding of his sort-or-but-not-really ex-boyfriend, trying to write a book, and being sad about turning fifty. It took me an unusually long time to get through it considering it's only 262 pages long. Despite those things though, I really loved it. Greer's writing is beautiful, and the ending left me feeling hopeful and satisfied. The narrator's affection for Arthur Less acts as the perfect counterbalance to his own belief in his ridiculousness. LESS is a very dense book, so you should know what you're getting into, but definitely worth the read!
This interstellar epic follows the young Paul Atreides and his Bene Gesserit mother as they move to a new planet and enter a world of turmoil, the full extent of which they can only begin to grasp. Don't let the size of the book scare you: this is a face-paced adventure that quickly evolves from violent political sabotage into warfare between the religiously-fanatic Fremen and the power-hungry, spice-crazed Harkonnens. Covering everything from spirituality to tribalism, this book will certainly keep you on your toes! -McKenna, bookseller
What would you do if your little sister’s quirk was to kill off her boyfriends? If you’re Korede, you come through in big ways, cleaning up Ayoola’s messes every. single. time. “My Sister, the Serial Killer” is a sharp, darkly funny, and fast read, a tale of two sisters whose fates are intertwined by the way they enable/need/protect each other. It digs beyond the surface and into their experiences with sexism so that you weirdly end up sympathizing with their inability to maintain healthy relationships. Oyinkan Braithwaite tells a story unlike anything I’ve read before and I thoroughly enjoyed it! -Manasa, bookseller
Daisy Jones & The Six tells the story of a fictional rock band, their rise to stardom, their time at the top, and their inevitable break up. This book is captivating from page one. Told in a series of interviews with the band and those that knew them, the story offers different sides to each situation, and reminds the reader that "often, the truth lies somewhere in the middle." I completely devoured this book, and finished it in two days, and found myself wanting to find even more information on The Six, as if they had been a real band. I highly recommend this book, as well as the amazing playlist that comes with it! -Katherine, bookseller
In Naomi Alderman's latest novel, the future is most definitely female. So female, in fact, that the thought of men holding positions of power is adorably naive. This is all thanks to a global revolution thousands of years prior, sometime in the early 21st century, when women around the world discovered they had the electric Power within them and were suddenly armed and dangerous. If you, like me, are expecting the ultimate female empowerment fantasy, think again. Amidst the wild, explosive story of upheaval and the global shift of control, a very different message is abundantly and uncomfortably clear: power corrupts absolutely, no matter whose hands are in control. -McKenna, bookseller
How can you say no to a book that starts with the line, “A girl always remembers the first corpse she shaves”? I read this book cover-to-cover in one sitting. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” mixes Doughty’s experiences working in the death industry with analyses of death throughout history and cultures. Much like in her “Ask a Mortician” webseries, Doughty is an approachable, humorous, refreshingly honest ambassador of death. Doughty speaks thoughtfully of the grave disservice we do to ourselves by avoiding our mortality and not making informed decisions for our bodies post-mortem. There's a certain liberation in confronting our death anxiety and calm in knowing what's happened to our deceased loved ones. I’d recommend this book to anyone who’s going to die someday (though you might not want to pair this one with brunch).
Science and medicine have advanced exponentially over the last century, prolonging lifespans and introducing cures to diseases that devastated populations in times past. The progress is awe-inspiring. But what is the cost we're paying for it? In this shocking exposé, author Rebecca Skloot recounts her experience uncovering the story of Henrietta Lacks, the woman who, in 1951, unknowingly became responsible for changing medicine forever. Henrietta's story is appalling, heartbreaking, fascinating, and diverting, ultimately culminating in a thoroughly engaging read that forces into question the ethics of modern medicine. Does the end ever justify the means? At what point do we stop having say over what happens to our bodies? Should institutions be held accountable for righting past wrongs? -McKenna, bookseller
Told partially from the collective voice of a church congregation, The Mothers is a achingly told tale of young love. The story follows Nadia, who is navigating her life after the death or her mother, stumbling into love with the kind of abandon that only comes with youth. Bennett's writing is strong, emotional, and beautiful, just like the characters she creates. --Courtney, manager
I'm not sure what exactly I was expecting when I started this, but I most definitely was unprepared for the masterpiece of human experience inside it. This moving drama relates the lives of four very different siblings haunted by the knowledge of the dates of their deaths, revealed to them by a fortune teller when they were children. Divided into four parts, each focusing on a different sibling, "The Immortalists" explores the depths of the human psyche with a gravitas that is balanced by the whimsical effects of magical realism. Endearing, heartbreaking, and, at times, shocking, the story will feel utterly familiar in a way that will linger long past the final page. -McKenna, bookseller
I'm sure every single person on the planet has already reviewed this book, but I needed to add my own 2 cents in. This was given to me by a customer at work, because when I told her I hadn't read it yet she whipped it out of her bag and said "I just finished, take it and pass it on." So, I'm now a part of the sisterhood of the travelling book, and I add this thing to my TBR pile and wait like six months, as one does. When I first started, I wasn't immediately enthralled. I found Eleanor to be an annoying character to read, and since I wasn't thrilled in the first 20 pages my immediate reaction was "I guess this book was way over-hyped." I'm not going to go into details, but I just want anyone who is unsure about this book to know I was very, very wrong, and I'm incredibly glad I kept going. -Katherine, bookseller
Ben Passmore has a talent for making political education into vibrant storytelling. Or, at the very least, he has an eye for drawing the art out of tense political situations. Even in the midst of of crushing existential crises he can draw out wit and clarity. His comic style will enthrall you, his stories will make you think, and his analysis will light a spark in your soul. -Jimmy, bookseller
Min Jin Lee's heart-rending masterpiece is a gripping tale of grief that explores how tragedy and suffering build and shape our futures. The story follows Sunja--a quiet, determined Korean woman--over 73 years, from her quotidian life with her mother on a small fishing island in Korea, to the bustling, taxing worlds of urban Japan, where she establishes the foundations of her own family. The familial drama is set against a backdrop of political upheaval that gives texture to an otherwise universal tale of human experiences. Though Sunja is subjected to loss after loss, defeat after defeat, the book avoids a depressing overtone, favoring instead one of internal defiance and unwavering willpower. Her story highlights the impressive strength of women, especially through the lens of the resilient and persistent love of mothers. -McKenna, bookseller