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Jade's Reviews

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 Though many of their methods are now outdated, they paved the way for future generations and their research has had a lasting impact on western culture.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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ISBN: 9780802123701
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Published: Grove Press - April 14th, 2015

Grunt by Mary Roach

Rather than focusing on big guns and bravado, Roach sheds light on the less discussed aspects of the military. What makes the gadgets work and how are they tested? What do fashion designers look for when creating a military uniform? What advances have we made in genital reconstructive surgery? Her signature wit had me fascinated by topics I would never have otherwise explored. - Jade

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - June 6th, 2017

Emperors of the Deep by William McKeevor

Sharks are one of the world’s oldest living species, but climate change threatens their continued existence. Misrepresented and misunderstood, sharks play pivotal roles in our ocean ecosystems. McKeevor travels the world talking to experts to learn what our oceans would be like without sharks, and why that would be a very dire outcome indeed. - Jade

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Published: HarperOne - June 25th, 2019

Black Death at the Golden Gate by David K. Randall

When most people think of the bubonic plague, they don’t associate it with America, and there are a handful of people who are responsible for that. Randall chronicles the largely forgotten efforts of the men who gave happiness, health, and in some cases their careers, to stop the spread of plague in San Francisco. Thoroughly researched and at times quite graphic, Randall’s account of this epidemic is a fascinating look at a disease largely forgotten but lurking in the shadows to this day. - Jade

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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 7th, 2019

The Rise and Fall of Dinosaurs by Steve Brusatte

Like any scientific discipline, paleontology is continually evolving: Breakthroughs are being made and new fossils are being uncovered. Brusatte does an excellent job of packaging the latest knowledge of the field in engaging and accessible prose. Written less like a textbook and more like a narrative, The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs starts at the beginning of the time of dinosaurs and works forward in chronological order, travelling the globe as it does so. From the tiniest microraptor to the mighty titanosaurs, this book offers plenty of fodder for all the dinosaur enthusiasts out there. - Jade

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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - April 30th, 2019

Unthinkable by Helen Thomson

Have you ever imagined what your life would be like if you could remember everything that ever happened to you? Or perhaps how it would feel to be lost all the time? Inspired by Oliver Sacks and driven by her fascination with the human brain, Thomson travels the world to meet with and intimately interview people with these and a slew of other mind-boggling conditions. Thomson takes a gentle and thoughtful approach as she explores some of the strangest minds known to science. Her insights may have you questioning your own physical reality. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780062391179
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Published: Ecco - June 4th, 2019

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