Jade's Reviews

At nearly 20 years of age, this book’s use as a travel guide may be a bit outdated, but it still makes for a great read.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 - September 11th, 2001

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: Spiegel & Grau - August 18th, 2015

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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The Geography of Bliss: One Grump's Search for the Happiest Places in the World Cover Image
ISBN: 9780446698894
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Published: Twelve - January 5th, 2009

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
ISBN: 9781455565368
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - October 10th, 2017

When Bryson and his bumbling friend set out to hike the Appalachian Trail, they are plagued by misfortune from the very start. Ill prepared and out of shape, the two hikers drag themselves along the trail, with many humorous encounters along the way. Interesting history about the trail is interspersed with amusing misadventures, making for a thoroughly enjoyable read. - Jade

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A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail (Official Guides to the Appalachian Trail) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780767902526
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Published: Broadway Books - May 4th, 1999

In 1928, women were permitted to participate at the Olympics in track and field for the first time. This book recounts the careers of the women who were there and those who followed in their footsteps. These women overcame immense physical, mental, and social obstacles to pursue a sport they loved. It’s a fascinating and rarely told part of history. - Jade

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Fire on the Track: Betty Robinson and the Triumph of the Early Olympic Women Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101906156
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Published: Crown Publishing Group (NY) - October 17th, 2017

As I perused the pages—which are packed with pictures, slayer vocabulary, and tons of Buffy trivia—I was transported back to the summer I spent binge-watching Buffy in my bedroom. Even if you think you already know everything there is to know about the Buffyverse, this tome, a true treasure for any Buffy fan, will put your knowledge to the test. - Jade

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Encyclopedia: The Ultimate Guide to the Buffyverse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062659668
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Published: Harper Design - October 3rd, 2017

Singer-songwriter Dar Williams tackles the sensitive issue of rampant gentrification in the United States in her new book. Using the knowledge she has acquired over her many years touring the country and her experiences in her own community, Williams offers strategies for building a happy, healthy town. She takes the reader all over the country, telling stories from cities that have made strides toward reducing gentrification and detailing the different ways that they are doing so. - Jade

I’ve only seen a glimpse of this new collection of Sedaris’s work, but it looks like we’re all in for a treat. The author’s trademark wit and dark, self-deprecating humor are paired with photos and original artwork by Sedaris himself. This big compendium gives the reader a full, three-dimensional experience and is perhaps the closest any of us will ever get to being inside David Sedaris’s head. - Jade

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David Sedaris Diaries: A Visual Compendium Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316431712
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Published: Little Brown and Company - October 10th, 2017

When the author’s 80-year-old father decided to sit in on his college course on The Odyssey, he wasn’t prepared for how impactful the experience would be for the both of them. Poignant family memories, interwoven with a scholarly analysis of The Odyssey, make for a book that is part college lecture and part autobiography. The result is a truly lovely and unique father–son story. - Jade

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An Odyssey: A Father, a Son, and an Epic Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385350594
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 12th, 2017



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