a.c.'s Reviews

Jane Doe January was the stunning memoir which first hooked me on Emily Winslow's work. As a mystery writer, Winslow delivers! Look For Her orbits the era-defining case of a missing girl from the 70’s. Winslow’s nonlinear narrative builds intense psychological suspense, a cold-case mystery with new threat of active violence, which wraps up neatly into a satisfying, divine-able yet unexpected bow. One of a series, this is also an ideal standalone summer read. - a.c.

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Look for Her: A Novel (Keene and Frohmann #4) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780062572585
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 13th, 2018

Bare, intense, and incredibly beautiful reading. Arimah has a kind of raw and obvious literary talent that seems almost unfair in the world of publishing. These concise and powerful short stories cut deeply without lingering too long over one image, over one characterization... a quiet and harsh exploration of violence, each story flashed like a photograph in the mind, using powerful words touched upon only briefly to vivid effect. Hard to read; worth every word. - a.c.

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What It Means When a Man Falls from the Sky: Stories Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735211032
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 3rd, 2018

Shared with me by a local writer last winter, this collection offers powerful gifts—from Firoozeh Dumas of Funny in Farsi to Marjan Kamali, whose voice “clicked” in my head like that of a sister. Given trump’s threats on Iran and immigration, I want to see this 2006 anthology in our hands once more as a promise between women: our grace to build and rebuild a life wherever we land should define global history. - a.c.

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Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora Cover Image
By Persis M. Karim (Editor), Al Young (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781557288202
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Published: University of Arkansas Press - May 1st, 2006

A 2010 research dive into six companies that have been alternatively held darling or spurned by CSR hawks. Hawthorne’s work reveals so much about how we oversimplify corporate ethics. Are responsibly sourced yet prohibitively priced items moral? Do organizations with good benefits get a pass for anti-union sentiment? A fun overview to read years later. - a.c.

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Ethical Chic: The Inside Story of the Companies We Think We Love Cover Image
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Published: Beacon Press - March 19th, 2013

A perfect gift for your millennial daughter, sister, or best friend! Financial independence is a non-negotiable act of self-love. TFD began as a website by a woman correcting past credit mistakes. Along with financial advice, Chelsea offers encouragement, insight from collaborators, and pivotal life skills like kitchen pantry basics and money negotiation for relationships. - a.c.

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The Financial Diet: A Total Beginner's Guide to Getting Good with Money Cover Image
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Published: Henry Holt & Company - January 2nd, 2018

Badass and gripping, this memoir feels like the most honest conversation you’ve ever had with a best friend about the important topics of your lives. Remember how that conversation changed you? This will, too. Captivating whether you know Union yet or not, I want to hand this to every feminist with a reading list. Union’s transparency, intensity, and grace merit both awe and a prodigious red wine toast. - a.c.

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We're Going to Need More Wine: Stories That Are Funny, Complicated, and True Cover Image
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 17th, 2017

Danez Smith is a gift to poetry and social discourse, with insights concise and cutting, “tongue rot with gospel / & other glories.” This sophomore piece looks staggering so far. Don’t Call Us Dead explores mortality through a more beautiful question: After trauma, how does the collective black body under attack approach a better world? Smith gives black boys lost to systemic violence a voice, which through their poetry insists “please don’t call / us dead. Call us alive someplace better.” - a.c.

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Don't Call Us Dead: Poems Cover Image
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 5th, 2017

Yrsa Daley-Ward is a debut poet who thrills me down to my bones. In this collection, she uses spare images to explore both the delights and deep cuts of youthful, obsessive first loves, most of them Sapphic. In some of her best pieces, Daley-Ward also explores mental health and the liminal space of a woman’s body; how people’s bodies and minds are not always honored; and how we can honor our own experiences anyway, wielding agency like a knife and a balm. - a.c.

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By Yrsa Daley-Ward, Kiese Laymon (Foreword by)
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Published: Penguin Books - September 26th, 2017

I first loved this collection for its incredible range, its humor and sterling intimacies. With Trump’s threats on Iran, immigrants, I see it now as a promise between women: our grace to build and rebuild a life wherever we land should define global history. Women-- not race, not war-- but women, building lives, write the next chapter. - a.c.

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Let Me Tell You Where I've Been: New Writing by Women of the Iranian Diaspora Cover Image
By Persis M. Karim (Editor), Al Young (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781557288202
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Published: University of Arkansas Press - May 1st, 2006

If you value hard work and enjoy new insight into humanity, read this memoir! With an easy style, Murphy is an indulgent and intelligent storyteller who makes me laugh, puzzle, and question. He’s whip-smart, and fun—a necessary, distinctive voice on the foibles of modern America. - a.c.

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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780393608717
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

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