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The act of writing always creates something of value. When I'm reading, it is the various manifestations of that inherent and powerful value that I'm looking to capture and share with my fellow book lovers.  



From humble days as a bookseller in Colorado, I now live in NYC and work for one of the big publishing houses. I'm always reading a huge variety of books, but you're bound to find more reviews on titles that might not be on every bookstore's shelf quite yet! 


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When She Woke

When She Woke - Hillary Jordan

This was initially a 3 star for me, but after some more consideration I'm thinking a 4 star would be more appropriate. (Mostly because of how bad ass I think the allusion of the chrome color spectrum pretty much making a rainbow is for sexual preference rights. Totally rad.) People are saying this is a fine combo of Handmaid's Tale and the Scarlett Letter. I haven't read the former, and I can no longer remember the latter, but I will toss in another world that I am reminded of, which is Children of Men (awesome movie, but I couldn't get through the book. Yeah, I do work in a bookstore. Whatever.) So if you like any of these stories, then I'm thinking this read will be good for you. This book gives a lot to talk about with its interest in abortion, feminism, sexual preference rights, racism, etc. The protagonist, Hannah, finds a way to face it all in the short time we spend with her (I think about 4 months? 5?) and although I found myself constantly frustrated with her character, I had no trouble following her through what I regarded as a horrifying world. It is one I would certainly be ashamed to be a part of as a human. Hopefully I'd have the guts to help out people like Simone and Paul/Vincent. It was a fun read for me to have during breaks from Infinite Jest. I'm really looking forward to meeting the author and bouncing a couple questions off her. I'm hoping to read her other title, Mudbound, but it will have to wait until after Telegraph Avenue! Check this one out--I think it is a worthwhile read even if it isn't making your all-time favorites.