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  • Ryanne Harper

Newish Releases: 8/21

Fiction Pick:

The Line That Held Us by David Joy

I just started this book a couple of days ago and I'm having trouble putting it down. It's not what I expected. It's better. Beautifully written, The Line That Held Us tells the stories of Darl Moody, Calvin Hooper, and Dwayne Brewer. While out hunting, Darl accidentally shoots and kills Dwayne's brother. He then makes a series of bad decisions that bring the wrath of Dwayne.

Non-Fiction Pick:

All the Pieces Matter: The Inside Story of The Wire

An inside look at one of the best shows ever made? Yes please! The Wire, which I came to very, very late in the game, is one of my favorite shows. Unlike most of my favorite shows, I will probably never watch it again. It's too hard. The show tackled very real issues such as the failed war on drugs, the problems with the criminal justice system, and corruption. It is not an easy watch, but it's well worth your time. This book takes you behind the scenes, with input from show runners, the actors, and even members of the community The Wire portrayed. So, will I eventually read it?

What's JP Up To?:

Okay, so, visiting JP's site, I discovered he writes movie reviews. THERE IS LITERALLY NOTHING THIS MAN WON'T WRITE. NOTHING. He gave Deadpool 2 a C+, which I don't agree with at all. Also, apparently he enjoys Amy Schumar movies. She seems like an odd choice for him.

Here's what he had to say about I Feel Pretty:

"I always like Amy Schumer movies. And this is no exception. It’s charming, funny, and has a nice message. The only problem is that when folks walk out of the movie the world probably isn’t going to change that much." A-

Because everything he's ever written is earth-shattering, world-changing.

I'm gonna need a minute to get over the fact that he writes movie reviews. It's nice that, between writing one million books a year, he still finds time to catch a movie.

Pick of the Week:

Circe by Madeline Miller.

Okay, so it's not exactly new, but in the words of Madeline Miller herself, "I have a better idea, I will do as I please." My blog, my rules. Circe, the nymph daughter of a god, falls for a mortal. Turns out, she knows a little magic. So, she transforms him into a god. He blows her off, so she turns the object of his affection into a monster. For her crimes, she is banished to an island where she basically kills it. She harnesses all her witchy powers and becomes Stevie Nicks. She hangs out on her island making all the magic happen, secluded from gods and mortals alike. Until she starts receiving visits from Hermes. See, she's in exile, but that doesn't mean people can't come see her. Her visits from Hermes lead to news from home, which leads to Circe reconnecting with her family. I'm not a huge fan of mythology, I don't dislike, I just don't really care. I liked this book, so, if you aren't a mythology fan, don't let that stop you from reading this book.

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