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Bookstr’s Three to Read This Week 02/21/2020

Hello, book lovers and welcome back! If you’ve made yourself sick with discount Valentine’s chocolate, we’ve got just the remedy for you. Pick up one (or all) of our Three to Read picks for this week and forget about your far-from-romantic sugar crash.

 

Hot pick

What kind of girl

by Alyssa Sheinmel

 

Synopsis:

Girl In Pieces meets Moxie in this unflinching exploration of the many forms of abuse society inflicts upon women, and the strength it takes to rise above it all to claim your worth.

The girls at North Bay Academy are taking sides. It all started when Mike Parker’s girlfriend showed up with a bruise on her face. Or, more specifically, when she walked into the principal’s office and said Mike hit her. But the students have questions. Why did she go to the principal and not the police? Why did she stay so long if he was hurting her? Obviously, if it’s true, Mike should be expelled. But is it true?

Some girls want to rally for his expulsion—and some want to rally around Mike. The only thing that the entire student body can agree on? Someone is lying. And the truth has to come out.

Why?

What Kind of Girl is a visceral look at the question we have long been aware of; what kind of girl stays with her boyfriend after he hits her? I can’t give you the protagonist’s name without spoiling the plot as we are introduced to her by a label, rather than her actual name. This novel is a heavy read but a very fulfilling one, and is particularly relevant in today’s climate of victim-blaming and shame. This book will have you thinking about it long after you turn the last page. Amber Smith, New York Times bestselling author says What Kind of Girl is “Both timely and timeless, a powerful exploration of abuse in its many forms, as well as the strength it takes to rise up and speak your truth.”

coffee shop read

Kidnapped on Safari

by Peter Riva

 

Synopsis:

Kidnapped in Safari is the third book in the Mbuno & Pero series, pulling terror from headlines to create a gripping international thriller.

Expert safari guide Mbuno and wildlife television producer Pero Baltazar are filming on Lake Rudolf in Northern Kenya when they receive the news: Mbuno’s son, himself an expert guide, has been kidnapped while on safari in Tanzania. Tracing the kidnappers back to an illegal logging operation, Mbuno and Pero uncover a vast criminal network run by the Nigerian terrorist organization Boko Haram.

Relying on Mbuno’s legendary bush skills, the pair face dangers both inside and outside the terrorist camp. But kidnapping and deforestation are only the beginning of this group’s sinister aspirations. When Mbuno and Pero discover just how powerful and far-reaching the network is, they realize that rescuing Mbuno’s son could put the entire region at risk.

Why?

While this book is part of a wider series, it works well as a standalone novel and is a great companion to any coffee shop trip! There are some stunning depictions of the African landscape that will transport you from your subway car or local Starbucks to an African safari. The story is punchy and thrilling, with danger at every turn for the story’s protagonists.

The characters are well-described and genuine, engaging and enjoyable. You’ll be turning the page both for the quick-paced plot and to see the fate of your favorite characters. Lose yourself in this thrilling read now!

“Peter Riva delivers again with a timely procedural thriller that will keep you up well past your bedtime. Set in East Africa, where the modern world coexists (not always peacefully) with ancient ways and traditions, this story seamlessly blends wonderful detail with relentless pacing in a nonstop adventure that you just can’t put down.” —Jeff Crook, author of The Sleeping and the Dead.

 

dark horse

Angels of Stockholm

by Neil D. Desmond

 

Synopsis:

This is Neil D. Desmond’s debut short story collection full of deeply enriching tales.

“Marina cut her small ration in half, sharing with the sick (possibly dying) young girl she had been trying to look after. The girl was too weak to leave the cramped, dirty sleeping quarters to work in the camp. Marina feared the girl would be sent to the gas chamber if the guards deemed her incapable of labor. Marina was beginning to think this might be worse than Auschwitz, where she and many other women and children had come from in the fall of 1944. She had hoped the transfer would have improved her chances of survival, but it appeared now there wasn’t much difference between one labor camp or another. Hope was in short supply, but not totally eradicated. Marina had heard rumors recently in the camp. Rumors the war was ending and the allies had won. Rumors of liberation. But she, like the other prisoners, had heard about liberators coming to save their lives before and it never seemed to happen.” – from the Angels of Stockholm.

Why?

The collection is well-crafted and paced, with each story grabbing your attention from the get-go. Covering a wide range of locations, you’ll be transported with each new piece. Travel the world from within one book! You can bring it with you and read one story at a time, or you can read it all in one fell swoop – each story is so engrossing you won’t want to put it down.

The title is based on a heartbreaking story from the time of holocaust, but the book covers so much more than that alone. From prostitutes in Pakistan to downtown New York City, the varied topics make it palatable for every type of reader in every kind of mood. Desmond has a deft hand at his craft of containing multitudes in each short story, and piecing them all together to create a cohesive and enjoyable read.

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BOOKSTR’S WEEK IN REVIEW ICYMI

As we near the end of February, New York is finally starting to feel the cold (thanks for holding it off this long, global warming). If you’re reading from somewhere in a bathing suit and sunglasses, just know I hate you. Kidding. Besides, we’ve got some red hot new releases that might just keep us warm through the season, and so I give you Bookstr’s week in review!

P.s. i still love Noah centineo

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This week, Lametria gave us the scoop on the long-awaited sequel to All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. While the movie received mixed reviews, I think we can all agree that hunky Centineo’s smile on its own deserves a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Take a peek here, but beware of spoilers!

 

three to read

Okay, just this one last post and I promise we’ll quit forcing the whole romance theme on you (momentarily, at least). This is a big deal: Cecilia Ahern is finally back after sixteen years with a sequel to the bestselling novel PS I Love You… not to be confused with the Netflix sequel discussed above. Check it out along with the rest of Nehal’s swoon-worthy recommendations for Valentine’s month here.

retrograde got you down?

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‘Tis the season to blame all your problems on Mercury being in retrograde. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of books both lighthearted and motivational to get you through it. Bonus: These five books feature protagonists tackling new beginnings… great for anyone going through major (or minor) life changes. Let’s be honest, Mercury in retrograde always brings about some sort of weird change. If all of these recommendations are too soft for you because you actually thrive under chaos and are a heavy metal reader, you can also scope out these great new thrillers. I like your style.

 

out with the old, in with the new

 

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Apparently there’s a new genre in town… this one’s meant for people between the ripe ages of eighteen and thirty. “New Adult” is basically YA but with slightly older characters, as to appeal more to folks in this transitional period of life. Getting old never has to mean getting boring, guys! See what all the fuss is about here.

Speaking of genres, we lost an icon of western literature this week, True Grit author Charles Portis. He died of natural causes at the age of eighty-six and will be remembered as a true American legend.

There you have it my hungry little bookworms, you’re all caught up for now. Check back next week for the short and sweet version of all things lit. Until then, you can tag along with Bookstr on our socials; Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Anya Taylor-Joy Shines In Newest “Emma” Adaptation

Just because Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day is over doesn’t mean you can’t give yourself some more love. Bookstr had the opportunity to see Emma. before it hits theaters and the experience was lovely.

 

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release.
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Here’s the synopsis: Jane Austen’s beloved comedy about finding your equal and earning your happy ending is reimagined in this delicious new film adaptation of Emma. Beautiful, clever, and rich, Emma Woodhouse is a restless queen bee without rivals in her sleepy little town. In this glittering satire of social class and the pain of growing up, Emma must adventure through misguided matches and romantic missteps to find the love that has been there all along.

The movie was great for a couple of reasons. The costuming was amazing. The sets and locations they shot on were stunning. Though this is Autumn de Wilde’s debut as a film director, she has directed countless music videos. The dancing scenes in the movie, in particular, had a great show of musicality to them. The entire film’s score, orchestral to fit the time period, had a light and airy feel to it.

 

 

Wilde is also an acclaimed photographer having works in Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, and more. Her keen eye for detail was evident within the still shots of Emma, the setting, and the beautiful pieces of art. The coloring of the film is also worth noting: It seems they only shot with natural light for sequences outside. While inside, like in the Woodhouse estate for instance, they used the light that came through the windows. Furthermore, night scenes were candlelit and gave the characters a lovely soft glow. Don’t believe me? Check out more of the stills from the film.

 

Mia Goth (left) as “Harriet Smith” and Anya Taylor-Joy (right) as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release.
image via Focus Features

 

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release.
image via Focus Features

 

Anya Taylor-Joy (left) as “Emma Woodhouse” and Johnny Flynn (right) as “‘George Knightley” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release.
image via Focus Features

As far as adaptations go, Emma. is one of the best I’ve seen. Anya Taylor-Joy brings Ms. Woodhouse’s character to life. She can be arrogant and unapologetic but still sweet and caring… Taylor-Joy strikes a delicate balance. Johnny Flynn as Mr. Knightley makes a great match to Taylor-Joy’s Emma. He’s charming, nothing but honest with Ms. Woodhouse, and is completely in love with her. Thus, making me fall completely in love with him.

Going into the film, I didn’t have high expectations but I was pleasantly surprised. I walked away having really enjoyed myself as had a fellow editor here at Bookstr, Saoirse. Don’t just take my word, go and see it yourself!

To get more information on the movie EMMA , check out Focus Features on their website and on social media: Official Site, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

Emma. is out today in theaters in New York and LA and will be wide released everywhere on Friday, March 6th.

 

Anya Taylor-Joy stars as “Emma Woodhouse” in director Autumn de Wilde’s EMMA, a Focus Features release. Credit : Focus Features

 

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