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Jade's Reviews

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

Bryson brings his signature wit and charm to his latest book: a look at the human body. Comprehensive yet very accessible, The Body is a truly fascinating read. I was blown away by the many incredible things our bodies are capable of, and perhaps even more amazed by how much we still don’t understand about the vessels we occupy. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780385539302
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Published: Doubleday - October 15th, 2019

Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

Reading this book felt like looking directly into Jenny Slate’s soul. I have a lot of respect for any comedian who is able to open up about the darker, less humorous aspects of themself, and Slate does that here. In many small vignettes, Slate uses dreams, metaphors, and lyrical language to unspool her recent struggles and try to come to terms with them. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780316485340
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - November 5th, 2019

Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

This book blew me away. Carreyrou is ruthless in his investigation of Theranos--the now infamous Silicon Valley startup--and its founder, Elizabeth Holmes. I was enthralled and appalled by Holmes, who dropped out of Stanford to start Theranos and over the years accumulated millions of dollars from donors to fund a technology that to this day does not exist. An absolute page-turner, the facts uncovered here by Carreyrou are so crazy that they’re almost unbelievable. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781524731656
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Published: Knopf - May 21st, 2018

H is for Hawk by Helen MacDonald

Most people would not choose to cope with loss by undertaking the training of a goshawk, but Helen Macdonald is not most people. In the aftermath of the sudden death of her father, Macdonald indulges a lifelong love of hawks and purchases a goshawk whom she names Mable. Goshawks are notoriously temperamental and extremely intelligent, so training one is no small feat. Macdonald’s writing is lush and expressive and her portrayal of her relationship with Mable is raw and deeply moving. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780802124739
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Published: Grove Press - March 8th, 2016

Give a Girl a Knife by Amy Thielen

In this beautifully written food memoir, Thielen traces her journey from small town Minnesota to New York City. Thielen’s love of food transcends its usual function of taste and satiation, she uses is as a memory anchor and it serves as a deep connection to her family and her broader heritage. Heartfelt and often funny, this is a true love letter to food if there ever was one. - Jade

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Published: Clarkson Potter - June 5th, 2018

Whose Story is This? by Rebecca Solnit

In her latest essay collection, Solnit once again grapples with the injustices of our time and then provides a hopeful path forward. She addresses a wide range of topics, from the #MeToo movement to climate change, in a rational, non-confrontational manner. Her writing is eloquent and accessible and is both a great introduction for readers who aren’t familiar with feminist writing and a thought provoking read for those versed in the subject. - Jade

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Published: Haymarket Books - September 3rd, 2019

Gods of the Upper Air by Charles King

A fascinating look at the female anthropologists who revolutionized the way our society perceives gender, race, and sexuality and their transgressive ringleader; Franz Boas. Though many of their methods are now outdated, they paved the way for future generations and their research has had a lasting impact on western culture. You don’t need to know anything about anthropology to enjoy this book, and I think that its content is particularly relevant in our current cultural climate, where people are being divided and persecuted due to the fictional construct of race. - Jade

The Outlaw Ocean by Ian Urbina

New York Times investigative journalist Ian Urbina spent several years and traveled thousands of miles to research this book, and his dedication shines through. This deeply immersive account of illegal fishing, piracy, and human slavery on the high seas gripped me right away. A real eye-opener, Urbina sheds light on the true cost of the seafood industry and its devastating effect on our oceans and the people who inhabit them. - Jade

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Published: Knopf - August 20th, 2019

The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware

A career boost covering the voyage of a luxury cruise ship quickly becomes a nightmare when journalist Lo Blacklock witnesses a passenger fall overboard; or does she? With everyone accounted for, Lo begins to question what she saw. Perfect for fans of Girl on the Train, Ware has crafted a clever, fast-paced thriller that makes for a great beach read. - Jade

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Published: Gallery/Scout Press - April 11th, 2017

Euphoria by Lily King

Beautifully written and meticulously researched, King’s fictionalized account of Margaret Mead’s 1933 journey to New Guinea is historical fiction at its best. The atmospheric prose immediately drew me in and I felt like I was right there with Mead as she struggled to adapt to the humid jungle environment and the steamy love triangle in which she found herself entangled. - Jade

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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

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