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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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Speak by Louisa Hall

I firmly believe Louisa Hall to be the most creative and boundary-pushing fiction writer of the 21st century. This speculative novel explores artificial intelligence through the vast canon of recorded words that computers feed on. Hall makes meaning out of an overload of data. Alan Turing, chat transcripts, a puritan diary, and unsent letters all contribute to this incredible story. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780062391209
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Published: Ecco - May 3rd, 2016

Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

Come for the murder mystery, stay for the queer women and a vividly painted portrait of San Francisco in 1876. San Francisco before the 1906 earthquake feels like a fascinating foreign country, offering a setting different from any historical fiction I've read before. I adored the twists and turns through tenements and languages, music and time. - Clara

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ISBN: 9780316324670
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Published: Back Bay Books - February 24th, 2015

The Changeling by Victor LaValle

LaValle has written a modern-day fairytale that entrances as it draws you into the unique rhythms of a young family in New York. Apollo, a "book man" who hunts for the big find in boxes of used books, is our window into the old, uncanny forces hovering beneath the surface of the new millennium. This horror fantasy packs a big punch! One of my favorite books! - Clara

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Published: One World - March 6th, 2018

House of Names by Colm Toibin

The blood of Iphigenia bought her father, Agememnon, passage to the Trojan War, but there are consequences when a man betrays his children and a king betrays his queen. Tóibín brings to life the pettily human and divinely mystic of Greek drama in a vivid novel about revenge, loyalties and intrigues. - Clara

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ISBN: 9781501140228
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Published: Scribner - March 6th, 2018

Elastic by Leonard Mlodinow

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 - March 20th, 2018

Girls & Sex by Peggy Orenstein

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

The Boundaries of Desire by Eric Berkowitz

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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Published: Counterpoint LLC - July 12th, 2016

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

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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Published: Vintage - March 7th, 2017

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

Autumn by Ali Smith

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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Published: Anchor - October 17th, 2017

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