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Ksenia's Reviews

Prison Land by Brett Story

Story explores the prison industrial complex (and its long-lasting, devastating effects) everywhere around us: in racially charged urban policies; prison visitation buses full of women of color; in the bankrupted, jobless towns in the shadows of the carceral expansion; and even in public parks. Rigorously researched and endlessly empathetic and eye-opening, this book is a must-read. - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9781517906887
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Published: Univ Of Minnesota Press - March 26th, 2019

The Emissary by Yoko Tawada

Enchanting and tender, this slim novel manages to hide a deeply political cautionary tale in a hopeful, reflective fable that never feels too heavy-handed or moralizing. Reading this book was like wrapping myself in a warm blanket; I was absolutely entranced by it until the very last page. - Ksenia

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By Yoko Tawada, Margaret Mitsutani (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9780811227629
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Published: New Directions - April 24th, 2018

Newcomer by Keigo Higashino

People who've been traumatized by a crime are victims, too. Finding ways to comfort them is also part of my job. I adored this gentle, intricately plotted novel! Told in vignettes, this unusual whodunnit follows Detective Kaga as he solves small domestic mysteries with kindness and grace, while gaining more insight into the life of the murder victim and those around her. - Ksenia

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By Keigo Higashino, Giles Murray (Translated by)
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ISBN: 9781250235404
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Published: Minotaur Books - November 19th, 2019

The Boy and Girl Who Broke the World by Amy Reed

A remarkably touching magical-realist young-adult novel about a boy and a girl (who are, refreshingly, not a couple but best friends!) that explores social issues such as race, sexuality, and class with humor, heart, a touch of magic, and a sprinkle of apocalypse. - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9781481481762
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Published: Simon Pulse - July 9th, 2019

Such Small Hands by Andrés Barba

It was once a happy city; we were once happy girls... Now all we want is to play Marina's game. Narrated from the alternating points of views of seven-year-old Marina and a collective "we" of the other little girls at the orphanage, this is the most gorgeous, terrifying novella you'll ever read, all the more bone-chilling when you learn it was inspired by true events. Don't miss it. - Ksenia

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By Andrés Barba, Lisa Dillman (Translator), Edmund White (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781945492006
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Published: Transit Books - April 11th, 2017

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

A darkly humorous, compulsively readable exploration of normativity through the eyes of a content but maladjusted young woman who, despite societal pressures, is simply not wired to conform. Perfect for helping anyone who has ever felt they're not living "the right way" become convinced otherwise. - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9780802129628
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Published: Grove Press - September 17th, 2019

Mars: Stories by Asja Bakic

Haunting, visceral, often funny and always powerful, these surreal, fabulist stories are nothing short of brilliant. Bakic, an emerging feminist speculative writer from the Balkans, is simply extraordinary, a talent not to be missed. - Ksenia

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By Asja Bakic, Jennifer Zoble (Translator), Ellen Elias-Bursac (Afterword by)
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ISBN: 9781936932481
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Published: Feminist Press - March 12th, 2019

Deaf Republic by Ilya Kaminsky

A poetic parable of an occupied town which refuses to hear soldiers, Deaf Republic is the most unique and profound anti-war work I’ve ever read. Kaminsky, himself a hard-of-hearing immigrant from Ukraine, re-envisions disability as a powerful act of defiance and silence as “the invention of the hearing.” - Ksenia

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Published: Graywolf Press - March 5th, 2019

To Be a Machine by Mark O'Connell

A witty and highly fascinating - sometimes laugh-out-loud funny, occasionally disturbing - gonzo-journalistic tour into the world of death-renouncing transhumanists, many of whom are bankrolled by the mysterious Silicon Valley billionaires and by the military-industrial complex. Loved it! - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9781101911594
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Published: Anchor - January 16th, 2018

Imagining the Future of Climate Change by Shelley Streeby

A truly unique book that delves into the power of science fiction to educate and inspire change, as exemplified by the works of Octavia Butler and other sci-fi writers and activists of color on the front line of the fight for the future of our planet. - Ksenia

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ISBN: 9780520294455
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Published: University of California Press - January 31st, 2018

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