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Interviews | April 8, 2014

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Gabrielle ZevinThe American Booksellers Association collects nominations from bookstores all over the country for favorite forthcoming titles. The Storied Life of... Continue »
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Jennifer Hensley has commented on (8) products.

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1) by Suzanne Collins
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)

Jennifer Hensley, August 20, 2012

I was reluctant to read this book at first; even after reading the first 40-50 pages, I was still not convinced. But the author's strong portrayal of the main character, 16 year-old Katniss, along with her incredibly strong and stoic voice, got me hooked. After reading the first in this trilogy, I read through the remaining two books speedily. This is the dystopian novel of our times; it reflects everything about our current culture, our need for 'reality' TV, the way we easily turn on each other. There are so many comparisons to current culture I can't count them all. But the one message I was left with, after having finished all three books, is this: What is real, and what isn't?

I highly recommend reading this book. Collins has created a perfect mirror of our culture, and it's difficult to look away.
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Pride and Prejudice (Modern Library Classics) by Jane Austen
Pride and Prejudice (Modern Library Classics)

Jennifer Hensley, August 10, 2012

I have the pleasure of teaching a class on Jane Austen next month, and I am so thrilled! This has been one of my long-time
favorites: it's witty, clever, and so ahead of it's time. The characters in Pride and Prejudice are strong and delightful; they are fully developed and round, so much so that Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy are commonly known in the world of literature. Jane Austen is a brilliant writer, and her satire sharp and humorous. This is a book you will read over and over again, it is so delicious.
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The Burning House by Foster Huntington
The Burning House

Jennifer Hensley, August 6, 2012

The real question is: what do you value the most?

This is an intriguing book. Beautifully done, it delves into a very real threat to us all: fire. What would you grab, granted you had the time, if your home were on fire? Most, of course, take for granted that they would save spouse/partner/pets, but then there is the list of things you'd want to take if you could. The lists include everything from the practical (keys, technology) to the bizarre (boxed water?) to the sentimental (photos, handmade things, heirlooms). Many participants explained their choices; for example, a few listed money so they'd have a place to stay after the fire.

It's really an exercise in minimalism, as the author's picture of two items will attest; what do you really need to survive?
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Tiny Book of Tiny Stories #01: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1 by Joseph Gordon Levitt
Tiny Book of Tiny Stories #01: The Tiny Book of Tiny Stories: Volume 1

Jennifer Hensley, December 23, 2011

This is a lovely, whimsical, witty, and Tiny book. It's the product of collaboration between artists and writers who submitted their work to the site hitrecord.org. I fell in love with this book: the stories are short but pack a big punch and the editing is spot-on. This is a perfect book for any book lover and a great gift too. I can't wait to see volume two of this series.
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Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God by Greg Graffin
Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God

Jennifer Hensley, December 10, 2011

Who knew that evolution, religion, and punk rock had so much in common? Greg Graffin, that's who. His memoir is an interesting mix of childhood anarchy, Darwinism, and Bad Religion. Graffin, who is the lead singer of the punk rock band Bad Religion, also holds a PhD. in evolutionary biology. It makes for an interesting mix and an interesting read.
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