Kill the Mall and Other Strange Phenomena

There are very few books that have me shook after reading, and although I wouldn’t classify this one as ground-breaking, I definitely felt mildly shook and confused after finishing Kill the Mall by Pasha Malla. The narrator is offered a residency at a strip mall, offering up days and nights to observe the goings-on to…

Neuroscience and Brain Things

The first on my list was The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons by Sam Kean, an introduction to neuroscience using brilliant storytelling.

Let’s Talk About Anti-Intellectualism in American Life

What is Anti-Intellectualism? Who is she and how did she get here? It’s the basic belief that intellect, intellectuals, and any form of intellectualism is inherently politically motivated, against human pursuits, and somehow incorrect in all standings. It’s often exhibited in the form of hatred or malicious attack against established education systems or a dismissal…

The Four Winds: The Dust Bowl, the Great Depression, and 2020

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah doesn’t actually take place in 2020, but the marvel that is this book sure resonates on an entirely new level after all the events of last year and so far from this year. The novel follows Elsa Martinelli’s journey from childhood during the Prohibition to her family in northern…

Three Adventures, One Wild Ride*

Raft of Stars by Andrew J. Graff grabbed me from the first page and kept me along for the ride. In this debut novel, two best friends run from a prison sentence; Fischer Branson attempts to save his best friend, Dale Breadwin, by shooting Dale’s father. They run to the woods to escape retribution and…

Axiom’s End, an Incredible Debut by Lindsay Ellis*

In the ever-growing search to discover my new favorite book, I downloaded this book from Libro.fm, the Audible alternative that directly supports independent booksellers. (Not only do I obsessively send people to Libro to support local bookstores, but I actively try to get listeners to change.) After finding new books to listen to, I discovered…