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Rachel's Reviews

The Fragility of Bodies by Sergio Olguín

Honestly, I started reading this for the promise of liquor, sex, and betrayal, and stayed for the delicious onion of a plot, the slow peeling of layers that kept me up far too late reading. Olguín deftly adds in characters, subplots, and themes, all while keeping everything concise and not overwhelming to the reader. My only regret is that I won’t be able to read it for the first time again. - Rachel

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By Sergio Olguin, Miranda France (Translator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781912242191
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Published: Bitter Lemon Press - October 22nd, 2019

The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek by Rhett McLaughlin & Link Neal

A creatively enhanced telling of their childhood together, Lost Causes manages to mix dark humor and an engaging friendship in a ridiculous, wonderful way. As Rex and Leif spend their summer making movies and fighting unknown terrors, their experiences mirrored mine growing up (for the most part). Full of heart, deftly written, and incredibly relatable in that early ’90s way, this is a book I’ll be returning to, Cheerwine in hand. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781984822130
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Published: Crown - October 29th, 2019

Seeing Gender by Iris Gottlieb

This is the book I wish I had growing up. That I could have handed to family and friends, linked people to in those early pre–social media days, when reaching out was much more limited. It covers so much more than I was expecting—privilege, toxic masculinity, eating disorders, pronouns, advertising. It’s a mix of hardcore research and intimate, raw experiences sharing space with Gottlieb’s crisp, vibrant art. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781452176611
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Published: Chronicle Books - October 22nd, 2019

The Undying by Anne Boyer

I highly recommend this book, even if I struggle to explain exactly why. It’s a cancer book that talks about everything but cancer, focusing instead on the painful rawness that so many other books pass by. She writes of that liminal space between the individual and the diagnosis, the array of changes a person goes through while retaining pieces of themselves even as others redefine them: survivor, patient, terminal. The book itself meanders through the hazy experience of decisions and pain before zooming out to look at the big picture of the motivation and success behind cancer treatment. It’s the sort of book I’d like to thank for allowing me to read it, and thank the author for sharing these words. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9780374279349
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 17th, 2019

Our Dogs, Ourselves by Alexandra Horowitz

Dogs permeate every aspect of our lives, whether in the form of our own perfect companion or the neighbor’s pup who won’t stop barking. (We all know ours would never do such a thing!) Horowitz looks at the relationship between humans and dogs, from the language we use about canines to the ways we have them in our lives, their living conditions, breeding, and the act of keeping them at all. It’s a raw, honest look at what we’ve done to dogs since the beginning of their domestication and will give any dog owner, caretaker, or pet parent much to consider. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781501175008
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Published: Scribner - September 3rd, 2019

The Day It Finally Happens by Mike Pearl

Of all the doomsday books I’ve read recently, this one is my favorite and Mike Pearl is my new favorite doom interpreter. Taking somewhat ridiculous concepts and humanizing them, he approaches those examples with the frank realism of the millennial generation: We’ve gotten through worse before and we’re still breathing. Ranging from Jurassic Park–type scenarios and gun bans to alien contact and a lifeless ocean, he conveys our options in intelligent, easy-to-understand science writing. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781501194139
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Published: Scribner - September 17th, 2019

The Photo Ark: Vanishing by Joel Sartore

While the other Photo Ark collections line my bookshelves like fine art, Vanishing is like a tattoo: painful in its permanence. Sartore focuses on the species most at risk, and the raw intimacy his photos are known for increases with each passing page. Peppered throughout this keepsake coffee table book are testimonials, ways to help save even the smallest snail. I can’t help but wonder how drastically the numbers of species will have changed from the review copy I saw to the finished book on the shelf. - Rachel

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By Joel Sartore, Elizabeth Kolbert (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781426220593
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Published: National Geographic - September 10th, 2019

Vanishing Fleece by Clara Parkes

I was not expecting a memoir about a bale of wool, but it turns out the bale is the perfect vehicle to explore the American wool landscape and its future. Parkes’ writing allows the newbie to jump in feet first, while at the same time provides a homey return for those familiar with the lifestyle (from shearing to spinning to knitting). This is a love letter to wool, to the process and the people involved, and to the joy of being able to play with it to create something new. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781419735318
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 1st, 2019

Life: The First Four Billion Years written by Martin Jenkins illus. by Grahame Baker-Smith

This is a gorgeous book, perfect for art fiends and science lovers alike. Packed with information, it is well-balanced without being over-whelming, and the book itself is striking. It reminds us of our tiny blip-ness in the overall scheme of things and shows how connected everything is. Younger me would have spent hours staring at this book and current me is equally entranced. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9781536204209
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Published: Candlewick Studio - September 10th, 2019

The Right Swipe by Alisha Rai

Shoutout to bookseller Karena for introducing me to contemporary romance through Alisha Rai. Her characters are diverse, flawed, and completely relatable (and the chemistry is hot as heck). I generally read non-fic, but Rai’s books have me hugging them and squeaking out happy noises because of how straight-up delighted they make me. Clear your mind of any preconceived notions of the genre and enjoy this amazing book. - Rachel

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ISBN: 9780062878090
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Published: Avon - August 6th, 2019

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