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  • Mini Reviews: Coffee Table Essentials

    PLUS+: Style Inspiration for Everyone By Bethany Rutter Release Date: February 5, 2019 Plus+ is a must-have for everyone’s coffee table! It’s full of life, joy, and fashion. I couldn’t stop smiling and I had to read it twice in a row because it’s so fun and uplifting. If you want to see body positivity at it’s best, you need this book! It’s filled to the brim with stunning photos and inspiring quotes from the fashionistas themselves. It also includes all artist Instagram handles so you can follow your favorites to be motivated every day! Here’s some of the quotes that really hit a sweet spot with me:   I…

  • Book Review: The ABC’s of LGBT+

    The ABC’s of LGBT+ By Ashley Mardell Released: 2016   Beyond Binary The 21st Century has seen very positive movement for LGBT+ rights in the last few years – the overturning of DOMA, SCOTUS ruling in favor of the Marriage Equality Act, American transgender politicians elected to office and landmark moments such as Apple becoming the most valuable company in the world under the leadership of an openly gay CEO. We are living in a post-binary world where gender fluency and awareness of how people identify is essential. Ashley Mardell, one of the most trusted voices on YouTube, presents a detailed look at all things LGBT+. Along with in-depth definitions,…

  • Book Review: This Book Is Gay

    This Book Is Gay By Juno Dawson Released: 2014   Lesbian. Bisexual. Queer. Transgender. Straight. Curious. This book is for everyone, regardless of gender or sexual preference. This book is for anyone who’s ever dared to wonder. This book is for YOU. There’s a long-running joke that, after “coming out,” a lesbian, gay guy, bisexual, or trans person should receive a membership card and instruction manual. THIS IS THAT INSTRUCTION MANUAL. You’re welcome. Inside you’ll find the answers to all the questions you ever wanted to ask: from sex to politics, hooking up to stereotypes, coming out and more. This candid, funny, and uncensored exploration of sexuality and what it’s…

  • Book Review: “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me

    “There Are Things I Want You to Know” About Stieg Larsson and Me By Eva Gabrielsson Released: 2011   Here is the real inside story—not the one about the Stieg Larsson phenomenon, but rather the love story of a man and a woman whose lives came to be guided by politics and love, coffee and activism, writing and friendship. Only one person in the world knows that story well enough to tell it with authority. Her name is Eva Gabrielsson. Eva Gabrielsson and Stieg Larsson shared everything, starting when they were both eighteen until his untimely death thirty-two years later at the age of fifty. In “There Are Things I…

  • Mini Reviews: Nonfiction February

    Heist: The Oddball Crew Behind the $17 Million Loomis Fargo Theft By Jeff Diamant A quick entertaining read filled with eye-popping gasps, headshakes, chuckles, and “OMG LOL” moments. However, this was all due to the facts and not the writing, which was journalistic vs. the legal thriller writings of Grisham or Connelly. The first half of the book is the crime and spending, where the second half is the arrests and aftermath. I recommend for anyone interested in a superficial installment of “Dumb Crook History” but not those looking for an intense behind-the-scenes crime and punshment novel based on a true story. The Ascent of Gravity By Marcus Chown I…