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Kelly Jensen

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Kelly Jensen is a former teen librarian who worked in several public libraries before pursuing a full-time career in writing and editing. Her current position is with Book Riot, the largest independent book website in North America, where she focuses on talking about young adult literature in all of its manifestations. Before becoming a fully-fledged adult-like person, she worked in the swanky Texas Legislative Library entering data into a computer while surrounded by important politicians, scooped gelato for hungry college students, and spent hours reading, annotating, and scanning small-town Texas newspapers into a giant searchable database.

Kelly lives in the Chicago area with her husband, her rabbit, and three needy-but-awesome cats. In
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October 2020 Debut YA Novels

If you’ve felt overwhelmed by the debut YA novel releases this year, maybe October will feel like a relief as the list is shorter than in recent months. That doesn’t mean it’s short, of course, but it might make catching up a little easier.



 


This round-up includes debut novels, where “debut” is in its purest definition. These are first-time books by first-time authors. I’m not including

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The Practice Is the Path by Tias Little
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What does it mean to be on the yoga path and what does that path look like once you break free of the performance of yoga? That's what's at the heart of this fabulous, thought-provoking read. I love Little's teaching style and philosophy, and his ins ...more
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Magical Beginnings, Enchanted Lives by Deepak Chopra
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It's fine. Like all books on pregnancy and childbirth, there's an agenda on the ideal methods of surviving both, but I suspect I'd have found a lot more value to this particular title if I didn't already have a deep understanding of yoga, meditation, ...more
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His Hideous Heart by Dahlia Adler
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As with any anthology, some will be hits and some will be misses for any reader. I found the strongest pieces to be the ones that really carried the haunting, gothic, atmospheric aspects of Poe into their retelling -- Tiffany D. Jackson, Stephanie Ku ...more
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She Come By It Natural by Sarah Smarsh
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If you like Dolly, you'll enjoy this collection of four reprinted essays on why she's become such a unifying figure in American pop culture -- what makes her appeal to such a wide audience and why has she seen a renaissance in her popularity since 20 ...more
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Finding My Voice by Marie G. Lee
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In the author's note, Lee mentions she deliberately did not update the book for the reissue, and I think that was smart. This book really does stand the test of time (aside from, of course, a couple of unnecessary fat phobic comments that could have ...more
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Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
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While Justyce had many advantages in his life, despite being a Black boy wrongly incarcerated and treated unfairly by the system, this is the story of his childhood pal Quan, who doesn't have any of those advantages. As Nic says in her author's note ...more
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The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
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DAMN was this good. If you like dark horror that is cultural commentary -- yes, like what Jordan Peele offers, per the blurb here -- you'll eat this up. Four intersecting voices tell the story of what happens when an incident ten years prior comes ba ...more
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“I define “depression,” but depression does not define me because you cannot define a person. Not with a single word, not with an entire book. Human beings defy definition. Yet the stigma surrounding mental illness makes some believe we can use it to define others, and it often deceives us into believing we must use it to define ourselves.”
Kelly Jensen, [Don't] Call Me Crazy: 33 Voices Start the Conversation about Mental Health

“But here’s the thing: other people’s opinions are not the truth. We live in a world that puts us into boxes and labels them with Sharpies, yet those boxes are lies. They flatten us; they limit who we really are. Feminism”
Kelly Jensen, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

“And society will want to vilify her for loving herself and for the choices she will make in pursuit of that love.”
Kelly Jensen, Here We Are: Feminism for the Real World

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“At the end, all that's left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that's why I've never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that's why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.”
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Tatiana I felt a bit star struck:) Catie was there too, but she was too shy to tell you who she was. I'm glad we met. Maybe next time we'll have an actual conversation;).


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Kelly Anna wrote: "OK, but when is your book going to pop up on Goodreads?! xoxoxo"

BOOM: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2... :)


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Anna OK, but when is your book going to pop up on Goodreads?! xoxoxo


Sandra Thank you for friending me! :)


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Catie Here you go (taken from this article on Turner Classic Movies):

"Even though Breakfast at Tiffany's was a success and nominated for five Academy Awards, the one person who was not happy with the film was author Truman Capote. He was outspoken in his disapproval of what had been done with his book. He was unhappy with everything: the tone, the casting, the director. He felt betrayed by Paramount. "I had lots of offers for that book, from practically everybody," he said, "and I sold it to this group at Paramount because they promised things, they made a list of everything, and they didn't keep a single one." Capote was unhappy with the casting. "It was the most miscast film I've ever seen," he said. "Holly Golightly was real-a tough character, not an Audrey Hepburn type at all. The film became a mawkish valentine to New York City and Holly, and, as a result, was thin and pretty, whereas it should have been rich and ugly. It bore as much resemblance to my work as the Rockettes do to Ulanova."

After the release of the film version of Breakfast at Tiffany's, author Truman Capote was very vocal about his disdain for the film, and especially the casting of Audrey Hepburn as Holly, a role that he hoped would go to his friend, Marilyn Monroe.

Truman Capote later said that he considered actress Jodie Foster the perfect person to play Holly Golightly as he originally wrote her."



Tiffany how do you ever write so many reviews?


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