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The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
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you guys? you have to read this book as soon as possible.

update 4/22/16: here's my SLJ review:

Rapper, performance artist, and poet Tempest has taken the main plot lines contained in her critically acclaimed hip-hop album Everybody Down and expanded t
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Unfair by Adam Benforado
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Nothing new here - eyewitness testimony is unreliable, we're all affected by our biases, our criminal justice system is designed around faulty premises, etc. etc.

Except, still, nothing happens to improve the situation. So every new book about the ho
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Giant Splash by Andrew Baggarly
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Bias admitted - I'm a huge Giants fan, attended one of these games (Bonds's 756th home run), and listened to or watched most of the rest.

That said, this is a phenomenal piece of reporting, and Baggerly captures all kinds of aspects of these games tha
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The Borden Murders by Sarah  Miller
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I've read a few other things on the Borden murders (including the excellent Rick Geary graphic novel) but this book is by far the most lucidly told account. I'm especially grateful for Miller's refusal make a clear pronouncement of guilt or innocence ...more
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino
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One of the most impressive (and enjoyable) books I've read this year, if not in many years.
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Tomboy by Liz Prince
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Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang
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West of the Moon by Margi Preus
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Janet Frame
“But it is imperative, for our own survival, that we avoiid one another, and what more successful means of avoidance are there than words? Language will keep us safe from human onslaught, will express for us our regret at being unable to supply groceries or love or peace.”
Janet Frame

“One concept the non-old have trouble getting their minds around is the difference between taste and judgment. It's fine not to like almost anything, except maybe Al Green. That's taste, yours to do with as you please, critical deployment included. By comparison, judgment requires serious psychological calisthenics. But the fact that objectivity only comes naturally in math doesn't mean it can't be approximated in art.

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Dwight D. Eisenhower
“Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.”
Dwight D. Eisenhower

Laurence Sterne
“I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me; had they duly considered how much depended upon what they were then doing; that not only the production of a rational Being was concerned in it, but that possibly the happy formation and temperature of his body, perhaps his genius and the very cast of his mind;—and, for aught they knew to the contrary, even the fortunes of his whole house might take their turn from the humours and dispositions which were then uppermost: Had they duly weighed and considered all this, and proceeded accordingly, I am verily persuaded I should have made a quite different figure in the world, from that, in which the reader is likely to see me.”
Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman

John Lennon
“Reality leaves a lot to the imagination.”
John Lennon

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