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February 17, 2017
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Myth Busting Books: 13 Antidotes to Alternative Facts 
One of the most salient features of our culture is that there is so much bullshit. Everyone knows this. Each of us contributes his share. But we tend to take the situation for granted. Most people are rather confident of their ability to recognize bullshit and to avoid being taken in by it. So the phenomenon has not aroused much deliberate concern. We have no clear understanding of what bullshit is, why there is so much of it, or what functions it serves. And we lack a conscientiously developed appreciation of what it means to us. In other words, as Harry Frankfurt writes, "we have no theory."

Frankfurt, one of the world's most influential moral philosophers, attempts to build such a theory here. With his characteristic combination of philosophical acuity, psychological insight, and wry humor, Frankfurt proceeds by exploring how bullshit and the related concept of humbug are distinct from lying. He argues that bullshitters misrepresent themselves to their audience not as liars do, that is, by deliberately making false claims about what is true. In fact, bullshit need not be untrue at all.

Rather, bullshitters seek to convey a certain impression of themselves without being concerned about whether anything at all is true. They quietly change the rules governing their end of the conversation so that claims about truth and falsity are irrelevant. Frankfurt concludes that although bullshit can take many innocent forms, excessive indulgence in it can eventually undermine the practitioner's capacity to tell the truth in a way that lying does not. Liars at least acknowledge that it matters what is true. By virtue of this, Frankfurt writes, bullshit is a greater enemy of the truth than lies are.
On Bullshit

Famous Literary Relationships 

Page Turning Murder Mysteries
Thirteen-year-old Julie Whitaker was kidnapped from her bedroom in the middle of the night, witnessed only by her younger sister. Her family was shattered, but managed to stick together, hoping against hope that Julie is still alive. And then one night: the doorbell rings. A young woman who appears to be Julie is finally, miraculously, home safe. The family is ecstatic—but Anna, Julie’s mother, has whispers of doubts. She hates to face them. She cannot avoid them. When she is contacted by a former detective turned private eye, she begins a torturous search for the truth about the woman she desperately hopes is her daughter.

Propulsive and suspenseful, Good as Gone will appeal to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, and keep readers guessing until the final pages.
Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense


Foragers by Jennifer Sears

Chanel No 5 by Victor Ladato

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All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real in Your Life by Debrena Jackson Gandy

February 15, 2017
All the Joy You Can Stand, Debrena Jackson Gandy, Book Review, InToriLex
Published By: Crown Publications on June 13, 2000
Format Read: Purchased
Genre: Self-Help/ Feminist Themes/ Non-Fiction
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Purchased
All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real in Your Life
Bestselling author, keynote speaker, success coach, and seminar leader Debrena Jackson Gandy has helped thousands of women access their inner power and live more joyfully and boldly. In her national bestseller, All the Joy You Can Stand: 101 Sacred Power Principles for Making Joy Real in Your Life, she reveals the steps that will help you undergo the transformation of a lifetime. This engaging, thought-provoking book shows you how to:

* Discover your sacred self and renew your spirit
* "Unblock" your joy and learn to "go with the Flow"
* Free your creative genius and make use of your natural gifts and talents
* Cultivate your intuition, self-expression, and boldness
* Be a Sensuous Woman, a Spiritual Gardener, and the Architect of Your Life

Filled with personal experiences and insightful stories from readers, friends, and seminar participants, this uplifting get-real guide is a must-read for women who want to develop their spiritual strength and tap into their divine potential. Discover how to have a life of joy, peace, power, and ease.



This book was a breath of fresh air. The chapters were full of positivity and suggestions on how to get more out of life. I wanted to find a self-help book that I could reference and think deeply about, and this was it. It is geared towards black women, but has great tools that everyone can apply. Between life lessons, the author includes relate-able stories about women struggling to find joy through different circumstances and stages of their lives. The stories kept my interest and illustrated the real world applications of the principles described.
The Four Laws of Attention
1)We are what we give our attention to
2)What we give our attention to becomes real for us
3)What we give our attention to grows
4) What we find in the world reflects our self concept
I read self-help books to find out  how I can continue to grow and challenge myself to push forward. Theses 101 sacred power principles gave a plethora of guidance on how to be more spiritual and suggestions to take time out to recognize who you are as a whole person. There are positive quotes and further book recommendations galore. The author is heavy handed with referencing other people's books and suggestions, which came off as filler. However I was still pleasantly surprised with how much was included that I could apply to my life.
"You don't want to over identify with your strength or your weaknesses because they are only aspects of what makes you You. They are not the essence of what makes you You."
The biggest lesson I learned while reading is to give yourself enough space, forgiveness and time to process the world around you. The sections on spirituality were great because they didn't advance one belief system over another. There are also sections that encourage the reader to find people to learn and commune with. Building a supportive community around you is one of the best gifts you can give  yourself. While this book was published seventeen years ago, nothing felt dated or out of touch with the times. I would recommend this to everyone who wants concrete suggestions to progress in their personal and professional lives.


 Debrena Jackson-Gandy is an internationally known award-winning speaker, best-selling author, consultant, trainer and a leader in the field of human potential. She uses her extensive knowledge of human transformation to educate, inform and inspire audiences to reach their
highest potential. Her work has contributed to the transformation of hundreds and thousands of individual lives and relationships. Debrena is a paradigm-shifter, a ground-breaker, an innovator, visionary and refreshingly electrifying and engaging speaker that keeps her audiences riveted and on the edge of their seats wanting more. She has shared the stage with other greats such as Maya Angelou and has been rated as the best keynote speaker ever by many of her audiences! Find Out More Here!

Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls by N.L. Shompole

February 14, 2017
Lace Bone Beast, N.L. Shompole, Book Review, InToriLex Published By: Kingdoms in the Wild on January 10, 2017
Format Read: Kindle Edition (107 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ Adult/ Self-Help
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Publisher Request
Lace Bone Beast: Poems & Other Fairytales for Wicked Girls
Here is emptiness. Here is a mouth after a recent excavation, black with soot, devoid of kisses. Here are hands, trembling against the soft ache of morning, here are eyes, wet, wide, half-full of sky and loneliness. Here is belly, back, femur, spine, ragged and smooth all at once, all at once. Here are dreams, ink black and speckled, lost behind the eyes. Here is a muted elegy, crow’s feet feathered over the eyes like lace. Here are the last strains of a dirge, wild, discordant, free.



I was wowed by many pieces in this collection because while they were short they conveyed a lot of emotions. The poems go back and forth between profound meditations on life, and metaphorical musings. The author puts the titles at the end of her work, leaving the reader to find their own point before she explains what it is. I liked this format it was different and supports each readers own thinking and interpretation.

This book made me think of my future and offered more tools for me to forgive my past. The poems included recognize life's turmoil and offer practical suggestions for women to stay above the fray. This was a memorable work of art, I'm happy I was able to read it. My only criticism is that the use of chapters or parts would have made the poems feel more cohesive. The way the poems were presented they seemed fragmented on their own. I would recommend this to everyone looking to read more poetry and look into themselves.  You may be surprised with what you see when you are able to reflect.

I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


N.L. Shompole was born in Kenya. She is a multi-platform artist whose written and photographic works have been featured in various print and online publications including Words Dance Publication, Maps for Teeth, Invitation Annual, Kinfolks Quarterly and The Rising Phoenix Review. Her latest collection Spectre Specter Blue Ravine was released November 2015.

She can be found via
Instagram @NLShompole

Book Scoop February 3- February 10, 2017

February 10, 2017
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Sensitivity Readers are Changing the Publishing Eco-system

Librarians Fight Back Against Fake News

Sci-fi Writers on Climate Change  

Ukranian Librarian Takes Russia to Court

Vandals Sentenced to Read About Racism and Antisemitism 


Famous Authors Who Were Once Refugees

Great Novels on Freedom of Expression 
Haunted all her life by feelings of terror and emptiness, forty-nine-year-old Urania Cabral returns to her native Dominican Republic - and finds herself reliving the events of 1961, when the capital was still called Trujillo City and one old man terrorized a nation of three million. Rafael Trujillo, the depraved ailing dictator whom Dominicans call the Goat, controls his inner circle with a combination of violence and blackmail. In Trujillo's gaudy palace, treachery and cowardice have become a way of life. But Trujillo's grasp is slipping. There is a conspiracy against him, and a Machiavellian revolution already underway that will have bloody consequences of its own. In this 'masterpiece of Latin American and world literature, and one of the finest political novels ever written' ("Bookforum"), Mario Vargas Llosa recounts the end of a regime and the birth of a terrible democracy, giving voice to the historical Trujillo and the victims, both innocent and complicit, drawn into his deadly orbit.
The Feast of the Goat
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Preview of 2017's Best Verse   
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyoncé uses political and pop-cultural references as a framework to explore 21st century black American womanhood and its complexities: performance, depression, isolation, exoticism, racism, femininity, and politics. The poems weave between personal narrative and pop-cultural criticism, examining and confronting modern media, consumption, feminism, and Blackness. This collection explores femininity and race in the contemporary American political climate, folding in references from jazz standards, visual art, personal family history, and Hip Hop. The voice of this book is a multifarious one: writing and rewriting bodies, stories, and histories of the past, as well as uttering and bearing witness to the truth of the present, and actively probing toward a new self, an actualized self. This is a book at the intersections of mythology and sorrow, of vulnerability and posturing, of desire and disgust, of tragedy and excellence.
There Are More Beautiful Things Than Beyonce


Naugahyde by Gordon Lish

Malati by Vivek Shanbhag

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even this page is white by Vivek Shraya

February 7, 2017
even this page is white, Vivek Shraya, book review, intorilexPublished By: Arsenal Pulp Press on September 13th 2016
Format Read: Paperback Edition (116 pages)
Genre: Poetry/ LGBQT/ Race
Series: Stand Alone
Source: Purchased
Even this Page is White

Vivek's debut collection of poetry is a bold and timely interrogation of skin: its origins, functions, and limitations. Poems that range in style from starkly concrete to limber break down the barriers that prevent understanding of what it means to be racialized. Shraya paints the face of everyday racism with words, rendering it visible, tangible, and undeniable.



These poems were riveting and powerful. I was so happy to give this poetry collection a read. I first heard about this book when it was a nominee for a 2016 Goodreads choice award in the poetry category. The title had me intrigued and the reading experience was so much more than I expected. Not only does the author address racial issues, but the self-esteem issues that emerge in a society that does not value you the way that you are. Shraya is unafraid to be inspired by the world, and was able to craft a memorable collection that discusses truth and white supremacy.
What's pictured is a very small sample of the creativity and topics that are discussed. There is an extensive conversation that the author has with white people in the book, because "white people listen to white people". There is also a number of pieces that address gender constructs and discrimination. It was refreshing to see Shraya address these topics fearlessly and in a creative and memorable fashion. Every one should read this book not only to get into poetry but to expand their perspective and world view. Now more then ever we should celebrate difference and embrace the ugly truth about how our society deals with it. 

In addition to the poems included, you also get access to a wonderful single for purchasing the book. The acknowledgements section is a great place to discover other wonderful scholars and artists on race. You will not regret reading and learning from this art.


Vivek Shraya is a Toronto-based artist whose body of work includes several albums, films, and books. She is one half of the music duo Too Attached, as well as the Associate Editor of Heartbeats, a website featuring racialized artists and stories. Vivek’s first novel, She of the Mountains , was named one of The Globe and Mail’s Best Books of 2014. Her debut collection of poetry, even this page is white , was released this spring.

Book Scoop January 27- February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017
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2017 Andrew Carnegie Medals For Fiction and Non-Fiction
Two brown girls dream of being dancers--but only one, Tracey, has talent. The other has ideas: about rhythm and time, about black bodies and black music, about what constitutes a tribe, or makes a person truly free. It's a close but complicated childhood friendship that ends abruptly in their early twenties, never to be revisited, but never quite forgotten, either.
Dazzlingly energetic and deeply human, Swing Time is a story about friendship and music and stubborn roots, about how we are shaped by these things and how we can survive them. Moving from northwest London to West Africa, it is an exuberant dance to the music of time.



Contemporary Literature By and About Refugee's
In a heartrending and astonishing novel, Eggers illuminates the history of the civil war in Sudan through the eyes of Valentino Achak Deng, a refugee now living in the United States. We follow his life as he's driven from his home as a boy and walks, with thousands of orphans, to Ethiopia, where he finds safety — for a time. Valentino's travels, truly Biblical in scope, bring him in contact with government soldiers, janjaweed-like militias, liberation rebels, hyenas and lions, disease and starvation — and a string of unexpected romances.

Ultimately, Valentino finds safety in Kenya and, just after the millennium, is finally resettled in the United States, from where this novel is narrated. In this book, written with expansive humanity and surprising humor, we come to understand the nature of the conflicts in Sudan, the refugee experience in America, the dreams of the Dinka people, and the challenge one indomitable man faces in a world collapsing around him.
What Is the What


Black-Eyed Women by Viet Thanh Nguyen

The Daylight Underground by Hector Tobar

The Mourners By Chanelle Benz

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