Clara's Reviews

A girl smiles up at the camera, from her position sitting on the floor.Clara read Oscar Wilde at age 7 and pretty much decided her life path from there.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The world really is getting faster, so be thankful that our brains are built for change. Science-writing favorite Leonard Mlodinow explores neuroscience with an entertaining voice and loads of pop-culture references. I was particularly drawn in by his analysis of the history and development of human thrill-seeking. Elastic is for the novelty-seeker, creator, and explorer within each of us that wants to thrive in a new world. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781101870921
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Published: Pantheon Books - March 20th, 2018

This is a must read for anyone living or working with adolescent girls. Orenstein bridges the generation gap to analyze how modern girls experience their bodies, sexuality, and sex. It’s a painful truth that the realm of sexuality remains potentially dangerous and damaging despite progress in women’s rights, but Orenstein’s writing is a great contribution to the conversation. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780062209740
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - March 7th, 2017

Berkowitz approaches issues of gender, race, and sexuality through the lens of law and reveals the underpinnings of America’s perspective on sex, social welfare, marriage, immigration, and more. Berkowitz’s writing on the policing of single motherhood, the American eugenics movement, and the social capital of the phrase “welfare queen” is particularly relevant. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781619027466
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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2016

Frankopan attempts to transform how Western history formulates world history by centering his narrative on the intellectual and economic networks known as the Silk Roads. Frankopan emphasizes the interconnections of histories that are generally taught as distinct stories. I highly recommend for anyone looking at the world and bigger pictures. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781101912379
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Published: Vintage - March 7th, 2017

I dream of fantasy books like this one. The clarity of Novik’s world-building and the vividness of her protagonist, Agnieszka, set the stage for a vivacious and satisfying fairy tale. Uprooted satisfies the same part of my heart that Tamora Pierce and Ellen Kushner did in my childhood. For fantasy fans, I cannot recommend it enough. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey Books - March 1st, 2016

This book is sublime. Smith processes friendship, stages of life, and Brexit through lyrical, breathless storytelling. Smith captures the stillness and wistfulness of the season beautifully, making Autumn the most healing and invigorating book I've read in ages. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781101969946
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Published: Anchor Books - October 17th, 2017

Shapiro makes me want to run to the nearest museum and immerse myself in art. This beautifully crafted page-turner weaves a compelling mystery into the lives of the young abstract impressionists (Rothko, Pollack, Krasner, etc.) during their formative years in New York. Exploring the artists souls and the roots of connection, this is a terrific book. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781616206437
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Published: Algonquin Books - October 11th, 2016

This book made me feel like a child discovering the world of books. Fledgling is a wholly new—norm-destroying vampire mythology is explored through the eyes of the strangest protagonists I've ever encountered. This is science fiction at its most cutting and mind-bending. Months after reading it I'm still asking myself questions and dreaming about this universe. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780446696166
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 2007

 

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