October 2020

Fermentation as Metaphor

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Fermentation as Metaphor: From the Author of the Bestselling the Art of Fermentation By Sandor Ellix Katz Cover Image
ISBN: 9781645020219
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company - October 15th, 2020


Fermentation is about breaking down to build up, whether that be bacteria and yeast breaking down sugars to make delicious food, or concepts being broken apart, examined, and put together in new ways. Katz is the expert in fermentation practices. Here, he uses fermentation as a metaphor fo  life, examining how we can draw inspiration from fermentation processes in order to live a more balanced, supportive, and aware life.


Nothing to See Here

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Nothing to See Here: A Read with Jenna Pick By Kevin Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062913494
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Published: Ecco - September 1st, 2020


Readers of contemporary realistic fiction, don’t be turned off by the fantastical premise. Lillian’s relationship with the rather inconvenient “fire children” in her care made this a joy to read -- funny, off-kilter, and heartwarming.


The Four Profound Weaves

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The Four Profound Weaves By R. B. Lemberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781616963347
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Published: Tachyon Publications - September 1st, 2020


A deep meditation on gender and society, but built in the framework of a rich fantasy universe (I really can't wait to read more now). Its at times somber feel meshed well with my current sense of existential melancholy. But really, there's so much in such a small book. Including some necromancy! 


These Violent Delights

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These Violent Delights: A Novel By Micah Nemerever Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062963635
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Published: Harper - September 15th, 2020


Easily one of the best books of the year!  Paul and Julian will push and pull at your heartstrings with the expertise of grandmasters, and months after reading their twisted tale I am unable to evict them from my head. Initially skeptical of the comparison to The Secret History, this Tartt devotee is a convert to Nemerever's achingly rendered world, which effortlessly lives up to the billing. 




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Hench: A Novel By Natalie Zina Walschots Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062978578
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Published: William Morrow - September 22nd, 2020


The Incredibles meets...data analytics. Anna works as a data cruncher for supervillains, an exceptionally boring occupation until she's injured on the job by a superhero. When the police decline to investigate, she takes matters into her own hands to uncover the true cost of "heroics," and discovers that the difference between villains and heroes may be more a question of good PR than morality. Thoughtful and extremely funny.


The Flight Portfolio

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The Flight Portfolio: A novel (Vintage Contemporaries) By Julie Orringer Cover Image
ISBN: 9780307949714
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Published: Vintage - June 30th, 2020


Julie Orringer, author of the bestselling The Invisible Bridge, tells the absorbing story of a young American, Varian Fry, who with great courage sets out to save as many artists/intellectuals, Jewish or not, from the Nazis in 1940 France. Based on a true story this novel, with its eccentric cast of fascinating characters and suspense on nearly every page, is a beautifully crafted page-turner.


The Roommate

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The Roommate (The Shameless Series #1) By Rosie Danan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780593101605
Published: Berkley - September 15th, 2020


This new romance by debut author Rosie Danan is the perfect combination of sexy, smart, deeply feminist, and romantic. When reserved Clara moves in with adult film star Josh, she discovers a side to herself she never knew was there. Great for fans of The Kiss Quotient.




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Grieving: Dispatches from a Wounded Country By Cristina Rivera Garza, Sarah Booker (Translator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936932931
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Published: Feminist Press - October 6th, 2020


Grieving is a hard read, but the central idea is so beautiful, the heart-punches you take along the way are worth it. To be human is to be vulnerable but we can envelop that vulnerability in community so that no one is helpless. Though directly about the tragedies surrounding the drug war in Mexico, Grieving illuminates more general human experiences of trauma, national myth, and politics. And I might read the last chapter, "Keep Writing," once a month to help me keep going.



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