Jade's Reviews

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
$27.00
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
$39.99
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
$50.00
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
$26.95
ISBN: 9780385350594
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - September 12th, 2017

In the winter of 1952 in London, 12,000 people succumbed to a thick and deadly smog. That death statistic would remain hidden for decades. Meanwhile, an unlikely killer picked off vulnerable women. He lured them into his home before murdering them and hiding them in the walls. Both killers have had a lasting influence on society and have led to changes in environmental laws and criminal justice. An eerie and interesting read. - Jade

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Death in the Air: The True Story of a Serial Killer, the Great London Smog, and the Strangling of a City Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316506861
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Published: Hachette Books - October 17th, 2017

When mystery author Douglas Preston was offered the opportunity to explore one of the few places on earth still untouched by modern society, he seized it with gusto. Accompanying a team of scientists, Preston helicoptered into the Honduran jungle. There, he encountered snakes, ancient ruins, and a flesh-eating illness. - Jade

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The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781455540013
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - September 5th, 2017

While there are definitely many examples of the joy of travel to be found here, there are also occasions of suffering and confusion. From the harsh reality of encountering Syrian refugees whilst on vacation in the Greek isles, to the isolation of not knowing the language in a foreign country, the raw experiences shared here are brave and important and make for a truly inspiring read. - Jade

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The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 11: True Stories from Around the World Cover Image
By Lavinia Spalding (Editor)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781609521110
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Published: Travelers' Tales Guides - May 16th, 2017

The summer of 1927 was particularly momentous for America. Major milestones were reached in aviation, baseball, automobiles, and entertainment. Bryson narrates these achievements with his trademark charm and a healthy dose of skepticism. He’s quick to point out that while great triumphs were had, many heroes of the era were deeply flawed. - Jade

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One Summer: America, 1927 Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780767919418
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Published: Anchor Books - June 3rd, 2014

When Christopher Knight was captured from Maine wilderness in 2013, he hadn’t uttered a word in 27 years. Knight was detained for theft, and Finkel was slowly able to establish a written correspondence with the hermit. Their tenuous friendship led the author to examine loneliness, isolation, and how large a role companionship plays in making us human. - Jade

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The Stranger in the Woods: The Extraordinary Story of the Last True Hermit Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9781101875681
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Published: Knopf Publishing Group - March 7th, 2017

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