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April 10, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Rebecca Priestley Publisher: Awa Press   In this book’s introduction, as editor and science historian Rebecca Priestley writes of the all-encompassing cold of Antarctica, I am overcome with trepidation. “I know that even if there were something seriously wrong with me—Why can’t I breathe?—I would be stuck here,” she writes. Her words start […]

April 10, 2016

★★★★★ Author: Matt Vance Publisher: Awa Press   Matt Vance, like many brave souls before him, felt the pull of the South well before he glimpsed his first iceberg. When he took a job as a lecturer and Zodiac driver on a ship shuttling adventurous travellers down into the depths of the Southern Ocean, it […]

April 3, 2016

This week, Salient’s books section is scandalised by two racy texts that dwell on perhaps the biggest taboo of all—sex! Both are available as Popular Penguins; both will make you feel dirty when reading them in public.     Delta of Venus—★★★★★ Author: Anais Nin   If feminist porn (not to be confused with female […]

March 20, 2016

Sushi: Easy Recipes for Making Sushi at Home Authors: Emi Kazuko, Fiona Smith, & Elsa Petersen-Schepelern Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small ★★★½   This is an introductory guide to making sushi and its accompanying dishes. It’s nothing flash, and being more or less uninitiated when I received it as a gift, this cookbook was my […]

March 13, 2016

For the first time our history is told through the lens of women, and there is much to be discovered and inspired by.

March 13, 2016

★★★½ Author: Elizabeth McKenzie Publisher: Fourth Estate     The Portable Veblen is one of the more curious novels that I’ve read of late, and one that I went into with utterly no idea of what to expect. It’s an anomaly, covering a hodgepodge of topics such as: squirrels, mental illness, the medical industry, marriage, […]

March 6, 2016

★★★ Editors—Claudia Pond Eyley & Dan Salmon Publisher—Auckland University Press     Biographies can be disappointing. They rarely keep their promise of allowing you to vicariously experience genius, fame, scandal. Some are salacious and self-aggrandizing (see: Scar Tissue by Anthony Kiedis). Others are bland and insincere. What I found enjoyable about Inside Stories, however, is […]

March 6, 2016

★★★★ Author—Carrie Brownstein Publisher—Virago   Carrie Brownstein has become increasingly familiar to the public in recent years due to the success of sketch-show Portlandia, the archetype-skewering collaboration with Fred Armisen that showcases her comedic prowess. Before Portlandia Carrie was one third of Sleater-Kinney, the riot grrrl band that formed in Olympia, Washington in the early […]

February 28, 2016

★★★   Written by—Lauren Groff Publisher—Penguin Random House     Lancelot and Mathilde meet at the close of college, locking eyes across a room at a wild party. He is the handsome and popular thespian star, destined to soar to great heights; she is a strikingly beautiful recluse, an anomaly to everyone around her. Two […]