R29 Reads: The Books We’re Picking Up This December
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Year in, year out, the festive season has us pining for log fires in faraway cabins. Snowy winter walks and lots of mulled wine feature heavily in this daydream but it would also include the opportunity to fall back onto a cloudlike sofa and get lost in a good book. Santa might not have gifted us this holiday just yet but we can get started on the reading part immediately.
Last month Team R29 uncovered a range of interesting new releases, including capitalist critique The Cabinet by Un-Su Kim. The South Korean novel was praised for its take on modern work culture, charting the journey of one paper pusher who discovers a cabinet full of ‘symptomers’ (aka humans with strange abilities). In a similar vein, Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki sat high on our list for its fantastical take on Faustian bargains and space-set adventures.
This month we’re turning our attention away from otherworldly stories and getting stuck into some more grounded reads. From a novel set during the height of the pandemic to a self-help book full of thoughtful, actually useful advice, we’ve got plenty of great reads on our wish list this month.
To check out everything that Team R29 is reading this December, click through the slideshow ahead…
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Iowa football coach Kirk Ferentz has disbanded an alumni advisory committee that was created after a 2020 investigation found evidence of racial bias against Black players in his program and bullying behavior by some of his assistants. The Gazette reports that Ferentz’ decision to end the committee came shortly after its leader, former offensive lineman David Porter, suggested it was time for Iowa to part ways with Ferentz. In 2020, the university hired the Husch Blackwell law firm to review the program after dozens of former players, most of them Black, spoke out on social media to allege racial disparities and mistreatment.
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Jon Lind, writer of hits for Earth, Wind & Fire, Madonna, Vanessa Williams and others, passed away Saturday after a two-year battle with cancer, his publisher Primary Wave has confirmed. He was 73. Lind’s catalog, which Primary Wave acquired last year, included such songs as “Boogie Wonderland” and “Sun Goddess” by Earth, Wind & Fire, […]
A Saint John resident on a disability pension is the latest tenant to go public about being forced to leave his long-term apartment because he can’t afford the astronomical rent bump. Douglas London, who has been living in a two-bedroom apartment with his wife at 123 City Line for four years, woke up on Dec. 16 to a notice of an increase of 61 per cent – from $620 to $1,000 – set to come into effect in April. “We can’t afford it, so we have to move,” said London, who is 64 and suffers from dizzy
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