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Jade's Reviews

Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Every ten years, the Dragan––a mysterious and powerful wizard––takes a teenaged girl from a local village as payment for his protection. Agnieszka is certain he won’t choose her, until he does, but she gives the Dragan more than he bargained for. Novik’s narrative drew me right in with its strong female characters, richly detailed world, and trope-defying plot. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780804179058
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Published: Del Rey - March 1st, 2016

The Devil's Teeth by Susan Casey

Almost everyone has seen Jaws or has some other preconceived notion about Great White sharks. However, it is only recently that scientists have even begun to understand what makes these fish tick. Casey’s immersive account of living on the Farallon Islands and participating in the shark research there is thrilling and horrifying; a truly fascinating read. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780805080117
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Published: Holt Paperbacks - May 30th, 2006

Evicted by Matthew Desmond

Once a person is evicted, they often fall prey to the vicious cycle of eviction and homelessness, perpetuated by a slew of absurd laws and inadequate safety nets. Desmond follows families as they struggle to hold down jobs, provide for their children, resist addiction, and evade eviction in a housing system seemingly pitted against them. Heart-wrenching and insightful - a must-read. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780553447453
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Published: Broadway Books - February 28th, 2017

Tip of the Iceberg by Mark Adams

Although his heart belonged to the Sierra, John Muir had a long-lasting love affair with Alaska. In 1899, he embarked on his sixth and final journey there as a member of the Harriman expedition. In this book, Adams retraces the steps of that voyage. He meets with scientists, speaks with the people living there, and encounters his fair share of bears. But with receding glaciers and towns falling into the ocean, the shifting Alaskan landscape Adams encounters is a much different place than it was in Muir’s time. - Jade

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ISBN: 9781101985106
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Published: Dutton - May 15th, 2018

Calypso by David Sedaris

Every one of Sedaris’s books has made me laugh, but this is the first one to make me cry. Sedaris uses his keen sense of humor to turn mundane activities into sidesplitting stories, and he also applies it as a balm to ease the trials of getting older and the heavy burdens of loss. Most of the stories in this collection focus on his family, all just as funny as he is; because of this, Calypso is Sedaris’s most personal work yet. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780316392389
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Published: Little, Brown and Company - May 29th, 2018

The Marsh King's Daughter by Karen Dionne

Helena didn’t know she was a prisoner until she was 12. Raised in a remote marsh in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, she spent her childhood shadowing her father, who taught her how to track and hunt like their Native Americans ancestors. Decades later, Helena must use these same skills to track her father, who has escaped from prison and is looking to kidnap again. I was immediately enthralled by Dionne’s thrilling and atmospheric storytelling and read this book in a single sitting. - Jade

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Published: G.P. Putnam's Sons - April 17th, 2018

On Gold Mountain by Lisa See

See chronicles her ancestors’ immigrant experience coming from China to California. Spanning 100 years of family history, from dynamiting railroads into mountainsides to rubbing shoulders with the Hollywood elite, See shares the triumphs and the devastations along the way. I was charmed by See’s honest, often emotional rendering of her family’s remarkable journey. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780307950390
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Published: Vintage - February 7th, 2012

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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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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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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Published: Grand Central Publishing - November 14th, 2017

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