Jade's Reviews

Although his heart belonged to the Sierra, John Muir had a long-lasting love affair with Alaska. In 1899, he embarked on his sixth and final journey there as a member of the Harriman expedition. In this book, Adams retraces the steps of that voyage. He meets with scientists, speaks with the people living there, and encounters his fair share of bears. But with receding glaciers and towns falling into the ocean, the shifting Alaskan landscape Adams encounters is a much different place than it was in Muir’s time. - Jade

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Tip of the Iceberg: My 3,000-Mile Journey Around Wild Alaska, the Last Great American Frontier Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9781101985106
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Published: Dutton Books - May 15th, 2018

Every one of Sedaris’s books has made me laugh, but this is the first one to make me cry. Sedaris uses his keen sense of humor to turn mundane activities into sidesplitting stories, and he also applies it as a balm to ease the trials of getting older and the heavy burdens of loss. Most of the stories in this collection focus on his family, all just as funny as he is; because of this, Calypso is Sedaris’s most personal work yet. - Jade

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Calypso Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

Helena didn’t know she was a prisoner until she was 12. Raised in a remote marsh in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she spent her childhood shadowing her father, who taught her how to track and hunt like their Native Americans ancestors. Decades later, Helena must use these same skills to track her father, who has escaped from prison and is looking to kidnap again. I was immediately enthralled by Dionne’s thrilling and atmospheric storytelling and read this book in a single sitting. - Jade

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The Marsh King's Daughter Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780735213012
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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 17th, 2018

See chronicles her ancestors’ immigrant experience coming from China to California. Spanning 100 years of family history, from dynamiting railroads into mountainsides to rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite, See shares the triumphs and the devastations along the way. I was charmed by See’s honest, often emotional rendering of her family’s remarkable journey. - Jade

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On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780307950390
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Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2012

In a masterful blend of science and storytelling, Rutherford journeys through human history, using DNA as a guide. Rutherford's writing is accessible, informative, and humerous. I found this book absolutely fascinating and learned a lot. If you enjoyed Sapiens and Guns, Germs, and Steel and you're looking for your next great read: this is it! - Jade

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A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781615194049
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Published: Experiment - October 3rd, 2017

Poverty, racism, and a violent stepfather; comedian Trevor Noah faced many challenges growing up under Apartheid. Born to a black mother and white father, his very existence broke several laws. Noah flits seamlessly between cheeky humor and raw emotion in snapshots of his life from childhood to present day. His story is poignant, inspiring and yes, it’s funny, too. - Jade

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Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780399588174
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Published: Spiegel & Grau - November 15th, 2016

This sprawling novel follows a family over several generations, following a large cast of characters while still maintaining a sense of intimacy with the reader. Exquisitely written, Pachinko opens a window to a facet of history I had never read about before. Lee has crafted a narrative that is an honest, hope-filled portrayal of the immigrant experience. - Jade

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Pachinko (National Book Award Finalist) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Recently graduated from Harvard, and with big dreams of changing the world, Kuo moved to the Mississippi Delta to teach. One child in particular captured her heart, a quiet boy named Patrick. Kuo’s writing chronicles her friendship with Patrick and the many lessons they taught each other throughout the years. Full of poetry and self-reflection, Kuo’s story tugs at the heartstrings—inspires and devastates. - Jade

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Reading with Patrick: A Teacher, a Student, and a Life-Changing Friendship Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780812987140
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Published: Random House Trade - April 3rd, 2018

In David Grann’s latest book, he sheds light on the tragic fate of the Osage people, who, in the 1920s, were manipulated into giving up their immense oil wealth to white men. Those who got in the way were systematically murdered. The masterful prose of Killers of the Flower Moon hooked me by the first paragraph, and I hungrily devoured every subsequent word. The book is, hands down, one of the best I’ve ever read. - Jade

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

I thought I understood the basics of water conservation until I read Where the Water Goes. As the author recounts his travels along the Colorado River and his conversations with experts, it becomes clear that no one really has a viable solution to the water shortage in the West. Written with a balance of humor and sincerity, this book is a wakeup call to anyone who thinks the drought is over. - Jade

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Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735216099
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 10th, 2018

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