Michelle's Recommendations

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Bad Feminist Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062282712
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Published: Harper Perennial - August 5th, 2014

This is an excellent essay collection spanning criticism of culture, feminism, and competitive Scrabble. Roxane Gay tackles racism, sexism, and Fifty Shades of Grey. She writes about her love of The Hunger Games and Law and Order: SVU alongside stories of rape, oppression, and the damage done by our modern fairy tales. Gay balances her frustration and anger with levity and pure openness. At times she seems fearlessly honest. I agreed with her, I disagreed with her, I laughed with her, and ultimately I am championing her. Roxane Gay is someone who is thinking critically about our world and it is a better place for it. She admits that she doesn't always get things right, that she lets herself down - that's the glory in being a Bad Feminist, you don't have to be perfect, which is lucky because no one is.

See my full review of Bad Feminist on the Cavalier House Books Blog! 

-Michelle 


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The Interestings Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594632341
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Published: Riverhead Books - March 25th, 2014

Just about everything in this novel resonated with me. Friendship, growing up, opportunities both seized and squandered - all the stuff that we take in that makes us who we are as adults. It is all described so well by Wolitzer.

See why I included The Interestings on my Bookprint on the Cavalier House Books Blog!

-Michelle 


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Fahrenheit 451 Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9781451673319
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 10th, 2012

Still one of my favorite books from late childhood – one of the novels that made me fall in love with reading.

See my full review of Fahrenheit 451 on the Cavalier House Books Blog!

-Michelle


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Of Love and Other Demons Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9781400034925
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Published: Vintage Books USA - June 10th, 2008

A young girl who suffers from rabies (or is possessed by demons) and the priest who loves her. My introduction to Garcia Marquez; a great place to start if you're not quite ready to dive into "One Hundred Years of Solitude."

-Michelle 


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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143038580
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Published: Penguin Books - August 28th, 2007

This book literally changed my life. It changed the way I look at food and definitely changed the way I eat.

-Michelle 


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The Secret History Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781400031702
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Published: Vintage - April 13th, 2004

I was such a late comer to this book that I feel obligated to inculde it here for others like me who may have missed the boat. The Secret History is so good that I need explitives to describe it. This is just my type of page turner; dark, brooding, full of literary allusions. A book about such horrible, insufferable individuals has no right to be as enjoyable as this book is. Donna Tartt rules us all.

-Michelle  


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Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy, The-Holiday Ed.: And Other Stories Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780060526498
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Published: It Books - October 28th, 2008

You should have a copy of this! Reciting Stickboy's poem never fails to make me and those around me smile.

-Michelle 


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The Egyptologist Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780812972597
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Published: Random House Trade - May 24th, 2005

Eqypt in the 1920s (when Carter discovered Tut); an eccentric Egyptologist, his lover, and the detective hired by her father compete in this fantastic epistolary novel.

-Michelle 


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Where'd You Go, Bernadette Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780316204262
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Published: Back Bay Books - April 2nd, 2013

I'm starting to think that this book was written for me. It has practically everything I like: smart, quirky characters, epistolary style, solid writing, brilliant satire...the list goes on. I offer my thanks to Maria Semple for writing the funniest book I've ever read about depression.

-Michelle