Reviews of the Week, with Laura Bates, M. T. Anderson, and Chabouté

Every weekday, we feature a different review on Booklist Online that highlights starred reviews, high-demand titles, and / or titles especially relevant to our current issue’s spotlight. We’ve collected the reviews from June 6 through 8 so that you can revisit the week’s best books.

 

July 6

 Girl Up: Kick Ass, Claim Your Woman Card, and Crush Everyday Sexism, by Laura Bates

Bates is the wickedly funny and exceptionally smart founder of Everyday Sexism, a feminist website and empire that infiltrated all corners of the Internet and became the title of her first book (2016). This is her latest gift to the movement: a collection of essays that reads like a love letter to one of the strongest and most resilient populations on Earth: teenage girls.

 

 

 

July 7

 Landscape with Invisible Hand, by M. T. Anderson

Some fear that hypercapitalist technocrats, under the guise of altruism and progress, are fleecing the world; Anderson (Feed, 2002) stretches this premise to deliriously enjoyable extremes. In this novella-sized offering, an alien race known as the vuvv has overtaken the universe by promising to put an end to suffering with advanced technology. For most people on Earth, things don’t pan out as planned.

 

July 8

 Alone, by Chabouté

A deformed man lives out a solitary existence in a lighthouse in the middle of the ocean. There he opens the dictionary at random every day and lets the words he finds engage his vivid imagination. When a sailor on the weekly supply boat leaves an unexpected message and the words of the lonely man’s dictionary start showing an eerie connection to his circumstances, he begins to confront his solitude as he never has before.

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Eugenia Williamson is the Associate Editor of Digital Products at Booklist. She worked in bookstores for twelve years, reviews books for The Boston Globe, and writes about books, culture, and politics for several other publications. Follow her on Twitter at @Booklist_Genie.

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