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Book Reviews

Like you, we love books... and the next best thing to reading books is reading about books! Below you'll find an assortment of reviews for titles that we regularly stock. Also, be sure to check out our online catalog.

July 8th, 2014 History

How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests

Australians have long been troublemakers—witty, willing to mock and thwart authority, and full of the kind of no-nonsense pragmatism that comes from making a society in a harsh landscape. Iain McIntyre’s How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Protests, Graffiti & Political Mischief-Making from Across Australia is a new edition of a book that began as a zine nearly 20...

July 3rd, 2014 Graphic Novels

World War 3 Has Raged for 35 Years

World War 3 celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. That’s longer than World Wars 1 and 2 put together. WW3, however, is a comics magazine—founded by artists Peter Kuper and Seth Tobocman—which has fought political, social, and religious folly through hundreds of killer comic strips. The odds against a comics magazine surviving for this long are extremely high, and the...

May 5th, 2014 Fiction

A Writer On Her Own Path

Many of Marge Piercy's readers have been following her assorted writings across the span of their adult lives. We were young with her in the later 1960s and have snapped up, poked through, or otherwise taken note of her volumes ever since. So the notion that this new volume is a "debut collection" strikes an odd note. Then again, novelist and poet Piercy has not been doing much...

May 1st, 2014 Do It Yourself

Catch More Rain

First issued in 2006 and updated in small ways several times since, Volume 1 of Brad Lancaster's emerging series on water harvesting has been dramatically expanded in this addition. Already a high-quality resource on water management, this edition has added new material on greywater collection and reuse, water harvesting techniques, and what the author calls "integrated design,"...

April 2nd, 2014 History

"Stop, Thief!" - Peter Linebaugh's New Collection of Essays

It is always refreshing to read Peter Linebaugh’s writings on the commons because he brings such rich historical perspectives to bear, revealing the commons as both strangely alien and utterly familiar. With the added kick that the commoning he describes actually happened, Linebaugh’s journeys into the commons leave readers outraged at enclosures of long ago and inspired to protect...

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