bodies of subversion

Bodies of Subversion: A Secret History of Women and Tattoo by Margot Mifflin (New York: Powerhouse Books) Having read the 1997 print, I want you to know that this 2013 third edition is much, much better. There is more material in the historical chapters and a whole new section on contemporary…

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the prom book

Metz, Lauren. The Prom Book. San Francisco: Zest Books, 2013. After only looking at the cover, I understood this book was a marketing ploy to get cheap bucks coming into the publisher. It offers nothing of substance and even less than that if you are anything but an upper-middle class white…

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the good lord bird by james mcbride

McBride, James. The Good Lord Bird. New York: Riverhead Books, 2013. When abolitionist John Brown passes through the Kansas Territory in 1856, he leaves with Henry Shackleford. Henry’s master is killed by Brown, leaving the young boy no choice to but travel with Brown and his band of Free Staters.…

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among the bloodpeople

Glave, Thomas. (2013). Among the bloodpeople: Politics and flesh. New York: Akashic Books. This is my first introduction to Glave, a gay Jamaican who fully embodies his country and sexuality. This collection of essays follows years of  public praises for his writing and a handful of awards from the biggest…

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the nazi drawings

Working through a list of books to weed, I found we have two copies of a book with no circulation on either item. I pulled a copy of the text for withdrawal. It’s The Nazi Drawings by printmaker Mauricio Lasansky. The work is haunting and has fascinated viewers since their initial…

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