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Jade's Reviews

Greetings from Utopia Park by Claire Hoffman

Though Claire doesn’t understand what a cult is, she knows her childhood isn’t normal. She learns meditation in school and her mother believes she can fly. Reflecting on her unusual upbringing, Claire Hoffman muses on its influence on her life and struggles to find a balance between the utopia she was conditioned to believe in, and the reality she is ultimately faced with. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780062338853
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Published: Harper Paperbacks - June 6th, 2017

Eruption by Steve Olson

An engaging read about not just volcanoes, but also the American logging industry, environmentalism, and people’s staggering ability to ignore what’s right in front of them. Olson offers up the deeply personal experiences of the people near the volcano when it burst, those who survived, and those who didn’t. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780393353587
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 7th, 2017

Lilith's Brood by Octavia Butler

The book is set in a dark future where an alien race has abducted the last surviving humans in hopes of helping them repopulate and revive an irradiated Earth. With a timeline that spans generations, Butler’s story was daring for her time and it’s still very relevant today, as she pushes the boundaries of race, gender, sexuality, and species. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780446676106
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - June 1st, 2000

The Sympathizer by Viet Thahn Nguyen

This impeccably written book chronicles a man pinned between two worlds. Born in Vietnam and educated in the US, the main character finds himself an outsider in both cultures. Told from his prison cell, the story starts in the past, builds to the present, and goes beyond, along the way exploring the boundaries of friendship, patriotism, and the nature of humanity itself. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780802124944
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Published: Grove Press - April 12th, 2016

Jungle of Stone by William Carlsen

In 1839, John Stephens and Frederick Catherwood trudged into the Guatemalan jungle in search of some rumored rocks that they had heard might be of interest. What they found forever changed Western understanding of the evolution of civilization. Carlsen weaves the two explorers’ life stories into his telling of how Stephens and Catherwood defied both the unforgiving Central American jungle and the xenophobic society of their time to expose the grandeur and remarkable engineering of the Mayas. - Jade

Grunt by Mary Roach

Rather than focusing on big guns and bravado, Roach sheds light on the less discussed aspects of the military and answers questions most of us would not think to ask. 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 fascinating by topics I would never have otherwise explored. - Jade

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

Radical Hope edited by Carolina De Robertis

In a time when it seems easier to joke about moving to Canada and watching Alec Baldwin’s Trump impressions on repeat, Radical Hope serves as a reminder that it is important to take action and think positively. This inspiring collection of letters from authors, artists, and activists offers perspective on our nation’s past, wisdom to cope with the present, and hope for the future. - Jade

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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

Modern Lovers by Emma Straub

A book about adults growing up, Modern Lovers follows a close-knit group of longtime friends who struggle to salvage the romance of their youth while raising teens of their own. The revelation that their kids are sleeping together forces the friends to confront secrets from their past and see the flaws in their picture-perfect lives. Sweaty and sincere, Modern Lovers is a summer beach read with just the right amount of substance. - Jade

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Published: Riverhead Books - May 30th, 2017

Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Condensing the whole of human history into one comprehensive and relatively concise book may sound impossible, but Jared Diamond has accomplished it. He proposes a series of questions about the development of humankind and then proceeds to answer them with detailed and educated insight. I learned about aspects of history I had never even heard of before. - Jade

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ISBN: 9780393317558
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 1999

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Henrietta Lacks was only 30-years-old when her cancerous cervical cells were harvested for scientific testing without her knowledge. A few months later, she was dead. Her cells are now worth billions of dollars but her family continues to live in poverty. Skloot caringly chronicles the immense impact Henrietta's cells had on the scientific world and on the lives of her descendants. - Jade

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Published: Broadway Books - March 8th, 2011

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