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Tuesday 11 September 2018

None of the Above by I W Gregorio

"Who are you?"

It's every therapist's favorite question.

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Tuesday 4 September 2018

The Curse of Chalion by Lois McMaster Bujold

Sometimes you need to be hollowed out before you can perform you most amazing feats.

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Friday 31 August 2018

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Many years ago, humanity's combined digital knowledge coalesced from the cloud into a sentient AI known as the Thunderhead. Over time, it helped create a utopic world where resources are properly allocated and struggle has become largely optional. With its perfect and complete knowledge of both the world and the inhabitants thereof, the Thunderhead replaced human systems of governance and led us into a future where the idea of generations has become as foreign as the idea of suffering. But now, something is amiss.

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Thursday 23 August 2018

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Imagine a world where age and disease have been conquered. Imagine a society where no need goes unmet. Imagine a place where crime is nearly unheard of. Imagine a world where natural death is a thing of the past. Imagine the lives of those who are tasked with slowing the growth of the population.

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Tuesday 14 August 2018

Radio Free Vermont by Bill McKibben

Waylay a delivery truck for a mass-produced beer. Feed the driver an assortment of delightful local foods. Dump the beer (hang onto the bottles, so they can be recycled). Replace it with an assortment of local micro-brews.

Welcome to the early days of the resistance.

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Thursday 9 August 2018

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Challenge is part of every relationship. You start out with the best of intentions, you try with everything you have, and sometimes things just don't work. Grief and heartache are always part of the resulting equation. Now take that and multiply it by fear and a fallible justice system.

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Thursday 2 August 2018

The Divine Dungeon Series by Dakota Krout

There are always at least two sides to every story. Dungeon Diving, it turns out, is no exception.

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Wednesday 18 July 2018

Driven to Distraction: Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder from Childhood through Adulthood

"It's a feeling," she said. "I don't know how to put it, exactly. It's a feeling that my world could collapse. Just fall down all around me. Sort of like the cartoon character who's run out over the cliff and his legs are still pumping, but he's only standing on air and he's about to fall a long, long way down. Don't know how I've done as much as I have, and I don't know how long I can keep it up. I ascribe my success to the grace of God, but I'm still left with this feeling that it could all be taken away."

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Tuesday 10 July 2018

The Residue Years by Mitchell S Jackson

I picked up the book because I was taking a workshop with the author. By the end of the first chapter, I was wishing I'd read it as soon as it came out. It tells the story of a piece of Portland, Oregon that had been pushed to the periphery before I arrived, though I feel the effects. It's a weight that shows up when I speak to families who have been here for decades. It's a tip of the head when I talk about how expensive rents have gotten even in the last five years, as if I know what I'm talking about.

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Tuesday 22 May 2018

The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

Everyone is the main character of their own story. The villain rarely realizes they're the villain. And sometimes the story ends before it's done.

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