What We’re Reading


Vivian Maier: Self Portraits
by Vivian Maier, John Maloof

purchase here“Vivian Maier was an amateur photographer, extremely private person, and a nanny in Chicago throughout the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. This book is another selection from the Maloof archives responsible for finding Maier’s lost treasure of a storage locker at a thirft auction house in Chicago’s Northwest Side. He discovered her archive of 1000s of images, and they’re some of the most beautiful photos I’ve ever seen. As a photographer, her work jumps out at me. I bought her first book, Street Photographer, and loved it. These are all self portraits in windows, mirrors, etc with a really creative perspective. It’s amazing how strong the content is even though the focus is on the one subject. Beautifully framed and neat, Maier is an incredible photographer.”

by Scott Westerfeld

purchase here“I’m about 3-4 chapters in and it’s really good so far. It’s the debut title by this author, and he’s created another great YA fiction series. It’s the rare action series for guys. It’s this alternate, steam-punk WWI setting with lots of robots and other stuff I like. The writing is really good, and the characters are really inventive. They’re not your usual teen characters that you see in YA books. They’re not angsty teenagers with only modern problems. But, it might be this unique setting and lends to different problems for the main character. The main character is Austrian royalty at the start of WWI. He has to learn how to control a county and a robot army. He’s got adult problems, and not just the complexity of puberty and girls. I’m really looking forward to the next two in the series.”

Taking Charge of Your Fertility by Toni Weschler

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“I’m a full-spectrum douba, so that should give some context to my waxing poetic about cervical situations. With that said, regardless of whether you’re using this book for pregnancy or for birth control, this book is a powerful tool for people to learn about and get in touch with their bodies. It’s interesting, most people diagnose themselves as infertile, but that that might have more to do with the really out-of-date 28 day/day 14 ovulation cycle method that doctors still use. Many individuals and couples struggle to achieve pregnancy when all it really takes is tracking 3 simple symptoms (which are helpfully laid out in the book. There’s a ton of information about a person’s ability to be pregnant and/or take charge of your own health and what your body is like.”

All the Truth That’s In Me
by Julie Berry

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“I read almost all of this in one sitting. It’s historical teen fiction with a great main character who is without speech. The book is in the first person narrative, and she has a great voice. She can’t talk to others in the book because she’s been dissuaded from talking — half her tongue is missing. She dissapeared from the town, and has now reappeared years laters, mysteriously, and without the ability to talk about what she went through. And, she’s tasked with saving her town from an attack. The book is really emotional, romatic, scary and just really good.”

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