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Jade's Reviews

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived by Adam Rutherford

In a masterful blend of science and storytelling, Rutherford journeys through human history, using DNA as a guide. Rutherford's writing is accessible, informative, and humerous. I found this book absolutely fascinating and learned a lot. If you enjoyed Sapiens and Guns, Germs, and Steel and you're looking for your next great read: this is it! - Jade

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$25.95
ISBN: 9781615194049
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Published: The Experiment - October 3rd, 2017

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Poverty, racism, and a violent stepfather; comedian Trevor Noah faced many challenges growing up under Apartheid. Born to a black mother and white father, his very existence broke several laws. Noah flits seamlessly between cheeky humor and raw emotion in snapshots of his life from childhood to present day. His story is poignant, inspiring and yes, it’s funny, too. - Jade

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780399588174
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Published: One World - November 15th, 2016

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

This sprawling novel follows a family over several generations, following a large cast of characters while still maintaining a sense of intimacy with the reader. Exquisitely written, Pachinko opens a window to a facet of history I had never read about before. Lee has crafted a narrative that is an honest, hope-filled portrayal of the immigrant experience. - Jade

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$16.99
ISBN: 9781455563920
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo

Recently graduated from Harvard, and with big dreams of changing the world, Kuo moved to the Mississippi Delta to teach. One child in particular captured her heart, a quiet boy named Patrick. Kuo’s writing chronicles her friendship with Patrick and the many lessons they taught each other throughout the years. Full of poetry and self-reflection, Kuo’s story tugs at the heartstrings—inspires and devastates. - Jade

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$17.00
ISBN: 9780812987140
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - April 3rd, 2018

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

In David Grann’s latest book, he sheds light on the tragic fate of the Osage people, who, in the 1920s, were manipulated into giving up their immense oil wealth to white men. Those who got in the way were systematically murdered. The masterful prose of Killers of the Flower Moon hooked me by the first paragraph, and I hungrily devoured every subsequent word. The book is, hands down, one of the best I’ve ever read. - Jade

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Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780307742483
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Published: Vintage - April 3rd, 2018

Where the Water Goes by David Owen

I thought I understood the basics of water conservation until I read Where the Water Goes. As the author recounts his travels along the Colorado River and his conversations with experts, it becomes clear that no one really has a viable solution to the water shortage in the West. Written with a balance of humor and sincerity, this book is a wakeup call to anyone who thinks the drought is over. - Jade

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Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780735216099
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Published: Riverhead Books - April 10th, 2018

Paris to the Moon by Adam Gopnik

At nearly 20 years of age, this book’s use as a travel guide may be a bit outdated, but it still makes for a great read. Gopnik and his young family relocate from New York to Paris so that he can write about French culture. Covering everything from maternity leave to how French people behave at the gym, Gopnik’s observations and interactions are ridiculous, relatable, and full of faux pas. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780375758232
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - September 11th, 2001

Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

A lawyer and social justice advocate, Stevenson paints a devastating picture of the American criminal justice system and the racial biases that permeate it. Drawing on his experiences as a black man in America and those of his many clients, Stevenson beseeches his readers to try and better understand our fellow humans, and to just show some mercy. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner

This author’s quest for happiness takes him across the globe. Everywhere he goes, Weiner poses the same questions to the natives: “are you happy?” Despite being a self-declared grump, Weiner’s narrative is witty and fun and he delves into some fascinating cultural analyses. A great read for anyone in need of a good laugh. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780446698894
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2009

The Daily Show (The Book) by Jon Stewart

A nostalgic look back, this book showcases some of the show’s most memorable moments and reveals behind-the-scenes secrets that you didn’t know you needed to hear. If you miss seeing Jon Stewart’s charming smirk on your television every evening, then this book is for you! - Jade

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The Daily Show (The Book): An Oral History as Told by Jon Stewart, the Correspondents, Staff and Guests Cover Image
By Jon Stewart (Foreword by), Chris Smith
$18.99
ISBN: 9781455565368
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 10th, 2017

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