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Press Reset: Ruin and Recovery in the Video Game Industry by Jason Schreier

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informative medium-paced

3.5

An overlapping series of insigh ful profiles of notable studios and developers devoured by an unsustainable approach to game development that delivers more on the ruin than recovery of its subtitle.
Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance by Adonia Lugo

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challenging informative reflective fast-paced

3.75

Part memoir, part case study — Dr. Lugo candidly lays bare the challenges she faced in tackling race's impact on predominantly white advocacy efforts, connecting dots that are relevant way beyond biking. An occasionally frustrating but always insightful read.
A Journal of My Father by Jirō Taniguchi

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emotional reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Literary fiction isn't usually my thing, but Taniguchi delivers an emotional family tale of reflection and regret without any melodrama, combined with clean, beautiful artwork that subtly communicates the complicated feelings throughout.
What the Font?! - A Manga Guide to Western Typeface by Kuniichi Ashiya

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informative fast-paced

3.0

Breezy, informative, and occasionally weird (Gotham likes guns?!?) primer on fonts, perfect for teens and non-designers; I actually learned a few things.
Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy by Elly Blue

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hopeful informative fast-paced

4.0

Informative and insightful, peppered with personal anecdotes, Blue does a great job making the case for bikes, while also acknowledging the challenges bike advocacy has to deal with re: representation and equity.
Witch Hat Atelier, Volume 7 by Kamome Shirahama

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adventurous reflective fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Another engaging volume, still one of my favorite manga series with the most beautiful art.
Black Hammer Volume 3: Age of Doom Part One by Jeff Lemire

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adventurous fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

Solid pastiche whose potential to be more is constrained by its original periodical format.
Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World by David Epstein

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informative inspiring medium-paced

4.5

Deeply researched and smartly constructed, Range joins a small handful of invaluable, well-written nonfiction books that validate and clarify some strongly held beliefs.
Roughneck by Jeff Lemire

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emotional sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0

I loved Essex County and this is a solid follow-up, notable mainly for Lemire's emotive visual storytelling, which props up an otherwise familiar story of overcoming family trauma.
An Unkindness of Ghosts by Rivers Solomon

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adventurous dark hopeful tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

A wonderfully crafted thriller in sci-fi clothing and socio-political accessories, Solomon keeps the plot and worldbuilding in the background, focusing instead on develo ing an amazing cast of characters who will stick with you long afterwards.