History of the Labor Movement in the United States Vol 4

Review by Tuck Tucker
Among very best histories of the IWW; sympathetic leftist historian

The Four-Fold Way: Walking the Paths of the Warrior, Teacher, Healer, and Visionary

Review by Alexander Chadsey
Upon checking this out, I'd expected to have an in-depth history of the cultural significance of the medicine wheel, along with the appropriateness of modern practitioners in using these frameworks. Instead, the descriptions of the four archetypes (Teacher, warrior, visionary, healer) seemed to be somewhat limited and overly-stereotypical. The author shamelessly and repeatedly references their own 'research' in the most vague ways (e.g. "...and my research proves this!" instead of " according to 'x' results with 'y' group over period 't'"), which was apparently a limited study using sensory deprivation tanks. Overall, this feels and reads less like a valid documentation and description of a culturally revered concept, and more like a new-agey corporate-leadership pamphlet. That's unsurprising, as the author is a 'corporate consultant' by trade!

The Anatomy Coloring Book - 3rd edition

Review by Alexander Chadsey
Super detailed and accurate! I searched for a complete anatomy coloring book for about a year, and this was the best! Photo-copy yer favorite body parts for hours of chromatic fun!

Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion

Review by Kryssanne Adams
Good read, but question the author. This book has some great tips for disarming arguments and potentially intense situations. It's written by a cop (and martial arts instructor) for cops. It was originally published in the 70s, I think, and I found myself wanting to challenge the author; several times throughout, he makes questionable generalizations about several different races based on experiences he's had with individuals, and at times I think seems to use those examples to boost his credibility in some way.

Black Hole

Review by Kathleen Cross
This book is one of the scariest books I ever read. I never finished it. WARNING: BODY HORROR: like gaping holes appearing in people's backs and things.

Laika

Review by Kryssanne Adams
Reading this story, I felt like a moth flying into a light. I knew what was going to happen from a mile away, but I couldn't look away. I could see of the events in motion leading up to the finale, yet I refused to believe them. Even though this is a real event that I'm familiar with. Despite the sadness woven throughout this story, there are so many small moments of hope and joy tucked away that I found it extremely worthwhile. It's loaded with graceful presence, kindness, and compassion in the midst of horror. From the story's afterword: "Abadiz's imagination seamlessly fill[s] out the personal stories, both canine and human, that bring Laika alive as a meditation on the meaning of destiny and the fragile beauty of trust."

Getting Clear: Body Work for Women

Review by Rachel Taylor
A fun, informative, and very freeing massage and therapy book designed to help release stigmas, tensions, and open up conversation on gender and body roles. Loved it! A trip back in time to 1970s California.

Oil and Honey

Review by Peter Olmsted
Great look at activism for your average upper-middle class Joe. Love his philosophy that older and more established individuals ought to take up the responsibility of environmental activism instead of the youth and students who are still establishing themselves as adults. The story of Mckibben's activism movement is paralleled by one of a beekeeper's wisdom and work ethic in an ever changing environment. Enjoyable and quick read.

The Essential Hip Mama: Writing from the Cutting Edge of Parenting

Review by Pi
I blasted through this book in a day while half-managing my toddler after reading My Mother Wears Combat Boots. It's a collage of many women's voices from many different perspectives, some of them at opposite ends of various spectrums. Touches on gay and queer mamas, single mamas (actually, most of them are single mamas), mamas on "welfare", teen mamas, and most of all mamas who write. I haven't read a book this fast since before I was pregnant. That's saying something.

Remember, Be Here Now

Review by Peter Olmsted
It's dope.

The Making Of

Review by Kryssanne Adams
I immediately fell in love with Evens' style of drawing, and noticed that when I read this book in public, more people than usual were curious than usual to approach me and ask what I was reading. I really enjoyed seeing a bunch of strangers and weirdos come together to work on a massive art project together to learn about the importance of the creative process. Endearing characters!

The Ethical Slut

Review by Kryssanne Adams
There are some pretty good communication tools in here you can apply to all sorts of relationships, my favorite of all being the ability to pause and reschedule fights. Overall though, it wasn't what I was looking for. I found the Ethical Slut to be written for people who have been in relationships a long time and/or people who are really into pursuing multiple sexual relationships.

Bottomless Belly Button

Review by Nate Witham
This book falls in my favorite genre, hilarious and existentially heart rending. Some of the panels drip with emotion sans speech bubbles, an image truly worth a thousand words.

Teach Yourself To Be A Madman: Memories Of A Young Russian Soldier

Review by Nate Witham
Can you pretend to be crazy, or is the act of imitation enough to pull one past the pale psyche? This biography is the non-fiction One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest: brutal, beautiful, and honest. It pokes at the question, who're the real crazies: the patients, the doctors, or the systems we all muddle in.

Catch-22

Review by Nate Witham
Catch-22 is a catch-22 all the way through. Every character is a contradiction tearing two different directions, and every situation is inescapable: is it a dream, or surreal purgatory? Deja vu is ever present too: the same scenes replayed in different tenses and perspectives. You are trapped in the experience, just as the experience is trapped in you.

The Handmaid's Tale

Review by Kryssanne Adams
Beautifully written and easy to read but that doesn't make it a comfortable story. Atwood weaves together several complex nonlinear plot lines around the main story, giving fragments of the narrator's past, though never disclosing exactly how things became the way they are. Although I suppose it doesn't matter how things became the way that they are. The narrator--I hesitate to call her Offred, because her real name was taken from her--lives a hopeless existence, and it's unclear what keeps her going, other than memories of her past, or maybe a desire to share her story.

Black River

Review by Kryssanne Adams
If I had to describe Black River in one word, I would choose BLEAK. What a huge bummer. I felt it like a big flat river rock in my belly, I felt so weird. And I've read some comics. It takes an incredible amount of creative control to elicit such a strong response out of me (and everyone else I know who's read it). Through the panels, Simmons takes you for a somber wander across wastelands with a pack of hardened badass scavenging ladies, searching for hope in a hopeless place. There's not much to look for, or to find. This book's not for the faint of heart. It's the kind of book where you'll find a dude getting his head bashed in with a rock and it drags on for like, eight panels.

D.I.Y. Magic

Review by Aloe Bailey
Radically rewire your daily routines with this amazing guide to everyday acts of magic. There is an amazing spirit of designing your own practice, and provides plenty of spells to start with that anyone can do.

Uzumaki: Spiral into Horror (Complete Edition)

Review by Aloe Bailey
A must-read for any fan of horror, Uzumaki is visually stunning, nauseating, and bizarrely compelling (just like staring into a spiral). This one will stay with you forever, readers beware...

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