REQUIRED READING FOR UNDERSTANDING WTF IS HAPPENING IN RUSSIA

for Book Riot Prior to the 2016 presidential election, the majority of my “knowledge” about Russia came from the television show, The Americans. I peripherally followed the prosecution of Pussy Riot and had some general knowledge of the Cold War from Rachel Maddow’s book, Drift, but I hadn’t made an effort to learn more about […]

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A Reading List in Honor of Carrie Fisher

for Book Riot There were too many painful losses to count in 2016, and the death of Carrie Fisher was among the most painful for me. I’ve never seen any of the Star Wars movies–-I never got around to it as a kid and now it’s just fun to watch people’s horrified reactions when I […]

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4 Books to Survive the Apocalypse

for Book Riot Welcome to the apocalypse! OK, not really (not yet, anyway). As a kid growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, I always had some notion of the importance of preparedness. The SF earthquake of 1989 occurred when I had just turned five-years-old and that day forms some of my earliest memories. […]

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A Required Reading List for Donald Trump

for Book Riot There is a lot the Republican nominee for President doesn’t know. Way more things than could fit on this–-or any–-list. But if he’s going to make an attempt at being a not completely horrible human being, here are a few books that that Secretary Clinton’s opponent would do well to pick up […]

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4 Great Picture Books for Older Readers

I vividly remember the pride I felt when I graduated from reading picture books to chapter books. Sure, chapter books had a few illustrations here and there but they were inky, black scratches, nothing like the full-page, color illustrations in picture books. The absence of these gorgeous illustrations seemed to signify that I was on […]

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Best Bathroom Books

“The best way to read Moby Dick,” my college professor said, “is in the bathroom.” He was not suggesting, as I strongly felt, that the process of reading Moby Dick was so painful that it might cause one to curl up in the fetal position in an empty bathtub. He simply argued that a long […]

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7 GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR THIS POLITICAL SEASON

for Book Riot Election season can be overwhelming and this one is no exception. I love following politics but I also hate the amount of nonsense, half-truths, and outright lies that are repeated by all sides during this process. I find myself yearning for something both entertaining and informative, as well as something SILENT (so […]

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