Book Review: Can Everyone Please Calm Down?

Mae Martin—stand-up comedian, Bette Midler enthusiast and chronic over-sharer—sets out on a tour of sexuality, discussing a wide range of topics and definitions. In between personal anecdotes, quotes from friends and the opinions of experts, Martin covers basically every label in current circulation and also circles back, frequently, to the question of why and whether …

Book Review: The Binding

Binding is a mysterious art, considered dangerous witchcraft by many, including Emmet’s family. But when a letter arrives summoning Emmet to begin an apprenticeship with a Bookbinder, to learn the craft, he isn’t given a choice in the matter. He will go, willing or otherwise, to learn how to craft books and bind within them …

Book Review: The Poppy War

“War doesn't determine who's right. War determines who remains.”  ― R.F. Kuang, The Poppy War War orphan Rin has grown up working for the Fangs, overworked and underappreciated. But when they decide to marry her off to an old man to make their opium smuggling easier she realises she has to take drastic action to maintain any …