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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.

October 22nd, 2014 Graphic Novels

The Best Collection of Radical Comics You May Ever Read

In 1979, in the wake of a meltdown at Three Mile Island, the founding of the Moral Majority by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, the murder of gay politician Harvey Milk in San Francisco’s City Hall, the Iranian hostage crisis, and the impending election of Ronald Reagan, Seth Tobocman and Peter Kuper, two art students at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, decided the time was ripe for an anti-war comic...

August 24th, 2014 Fiction

Karen Joy Fowler's The Science of Herself

Have you read Karen Joy Fowler's The Science of Herself, a new volume in PM Press's Outspoken Authors series? The publication date is 2013, but I only recently read it. This series, if you don't know of it, includes, among other slim volumes the size of Conversation Pieces, Nalo Hopkinson's Report from Planet Midnightand Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wild...

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...

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,"...

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