• March Was Made of Yarn: Reflections on the Japanese Tsunami Disaster and Nuclear Meltdown, Edited by Elmer Luke and David Karashima

    On March 11, 2011 a tsunami triggered by a 9.0 megathrust earthquake off the pacific coast of the Tōhoku region in Japan rolled across the coastal towns in Iwate prefecture and Sendai area. Some places were wiped completely off the map. Equipment failure as a result of the tsunami caused the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, which

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  • Hellgoing by Lynn Coady

    It took me awhile to get into this collection of short stories. I had just finished White Teeth, and it seemed that switching gears from novel-brain to short-fiction-brain left me feeling unfinished as each piece ended. It took me until about the third story  “Dogs in Clothes” to really get into the pace and characters,

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  • Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling

    Short and sweet,  Very Good Lives is J.K. Rowling’s June 2008 Harvard commencement speech in book-form with all proceeds from its sale donated to Hard financial aid and Lumos, a worldwide non-profit that benefits disadvantaged women. The book itself doesn’t contain any text not heard in her commencement speech, so if you’re looking for extra

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