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Karena's Reviews

Karena is in a non-monogamous relationship with Speculative Fiction, Romance, Feminist manifestos and any other little ARC that catches her eye. Snarky heroines are her weakness. She spends her nonreading time playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family (but really still thinking about what she could be reading).

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salt Houses by Hala Alyan

Poet Halan Aylan’s debut novel (which has earned starred reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly) takes place in Palestine in 1967 and follows the Yacoub family during and after the Six-Day War. Salt Houses is a beautifully written story of family and belonging, displacement and immigration, and is particularly relevant given our current state of the world. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780544912588
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - May 2nd, 2017

How To Make White People Laugh by Negin Farsad

I discovered Negin in her documentary The Muslims are Coming then saw her speak at an event and immediately bought this book. It's a hilarious, but real commentary on race and religion in our culture and society. A must-read in our specific political climate. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781455558223
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 24th, 2016

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes by Caitlin Doughtry

Sometimes a book jumps out at you that you didn't even know you needed in your life, and this was one of those books for me. Caitlin Doughtry tells her story about being a mortician in the Bay Area and it is dark and hilarious while at the same time being informative. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780393351903
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 28th, 2015

Hi Anxiety by Kat Kinsman

As someone who struggles with anxiety, I don't read a lot of books on it, mostly because they actually give me more anxiety! This book was different. Kat wasn't trying to "fix" me, but to let me know I wasn't alone. I appreciated her sharing her journey with us in a way that was relatable and authentic. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780062369697
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Published: Dey Street Books - May 23rd, 2017

The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

I have all the love for this collection of essays. There are essays on the sci-fi/fantasy genre that every fan should read; just a couple examples are about the 'unlikeable women,' and remaking the hero archetype. I specifically liked "The Increasingly Poor Economics of Penning Problematic Stories" because it is something that I think about constantly when consuming media. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780765386243
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Published: Tor Books - May 31st, 2016

Heroine Complex by Sarah Kuhn

Hilarious shenanigans, diva superheroes, and catty bloggers made this a fun read. I devoured this urban fantasy and not just because of the demon cupcakes. Evie Taneka is the best reluctant-assistant-turned-superhero ever. It's the first of a series that I'm looking forward to continuing. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780756410841
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Published: DAW - July 5th, 2016

The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe

The fictional retelling of the life story of Anita Hemmings, who, in 1896, while passing as white, was the first black woman to attend Vassar. This story is eye-opening and well told. Tanabe made me immediately look up Hemmings’ story to learn more about this relatively unsung American hero. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781501110450
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Published: Washington Square Press - June 7th, 2016

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas

I love Pandora, the heroine of this story. She’s over married life and just wants to create and sell board games. Kleypas does get into marriage and property laws of the era which I found fascinating. The love story is passionate and the dialogue is smart. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780062371874
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Published: Avon - February 21st, 2017

Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of my favorite writers and her new book only solidifies that. In Dear Ijeawele, she offers advice to her friend on raising her child to be a feminist in fifteen suggestions. Adichie is passionate and eloquent in her delivery, making you feel as if she’s talking to you personally. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781524733131
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Published: Knopf - March 7th, 2017

Shrill by Lindy West

I hadn’t heard of Lindy West before picking up this book, but after reading it, I felt like I’d known her all my life. Her hilarious but real take on pop culture, body shaming, social justice, and feminism puts her up there with Roxane Gay and Phoebe Robinson in my list of favorite writers with important things to say. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780316348461
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Published: Hachette Books - February 28th, 2017

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