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Jade's Reviews

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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ISBN: 9780393354379
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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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ISBN: 9780525435136
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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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ISBN: 9781594634680
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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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ISBN: 9781400052189
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Published: Crown - March 8th, 2011

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo

I opened this book with apprehension and low expectations. I then proceeded to read the entire thing in one night and began de-cluttering the next day. Some of Kondo’s practices were a bit extreme for me, but I found her overall method simple to follow and easy to maintain. I recommend giving this book a shot; even if you don't think you need to. - Jade

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Published: Ten Speed Press - October 14th, 2014

Schadenfreude: A Love Story by Rebecca Schuman

When a high school crush inadvertently ignites Rebecca Schuman’s love for all things German, she follows her passion and doesn’t recoil when things get weird. From illegal basement bars in East Germany to pursuing a graduate degree in German --and having to explain why-- Schuman is hilarious. Quirky and quick-witted, she dishes on Kafka, kissing, and everything in between. - Jade

Dead Wake by Erik Larson

On an uncommonly clear and balmy day in early May of 1915, the Lusitania­­ was torpedoed and sunk off the coast of Ireland. 1,265 civilians were on board. Starting from the ship’s conception and charting the course to its demise, Larson provides details about many of the ship’s passengers, crew, and others with connections to it. - Jade

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Published: Crown - March 22nd, 2016

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