Tag: Book Review
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.
Children’s Science Fiction!
This story follows eleven-year-old Bell as he grows up on the surface of Mars in the American settlement.
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…
Why The Marrow Thieves is YA, Dystopia, Fantasy, and Everything Else You Needed*
Humans have lost the ability to dream, but one race has kept it; indigenous populations in North America. The novel begins as a boy, Frenchie, is saved from Recruiters, a group of people hunting those who can still dream, when his brother sacrifices himself. Alone, this indigenous young man sets out to survive in a…
“White Fragility” and Why It’s Your Next Book*
Robin DeAngilo, a white, middle-class woman, writes about her experience consulting, educating, and facilitating discussions on race and social justice. As an expert that visits various workplaces and organizations, her role is to enter a group, discover the racial problem in its midst, and deescalate the experience into one of understanding and growth for every…
Why Slavery’s Reach is the Book I Needed Most*
Let’s check the receipts. Following slaveholder money and power in Minnesota, Slavery’s Reach: Southern Slaveholders in the North Star State by Christopher P. Lehman generates an image of pro-slavery Minnesota before and during the Civil War. Businesses ran by slaveholders and unfree workers went up and down the Mississippi river, granting freedom to slaves that…