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Office Girl
By Joe Meno, 293 pgs.
By sean

In a sense, with Office Girl, Meno returns to the roots of the novel as an art form. When the novel first started to take off in England in the 1700s, all of the most popular books were about love and art.

Girlvert: A Porno Memoir
By Oriana Small, 310 pgs.
By Jim Woster

Oriana Small’s Girlvert: A Porno Memoir is like a blistering war memoir, with penises instead of bayonets.

Zinester’s Guide to Portland (5th Edition)
Edited By Sean Granton, 129 pgs.
By Lauren Trout

It had most of the information that I want to know when I’m first visiting a city: public transportation options, basic layout of the city, cheap restaurants, and grocery stores.

White Elephants
By Katie Haegel, 127 pgs
By Katie Dunne

White Elephants read less like a book and more like a letter from a friend, a friend who knows all about the art of the rummage and the nuances of reviewing yard sales.

Persepolis 2
By Marjane Satrapi, $12.95 U.S.
By gary

This is the story of a girl from Iran who goes to school in Europe and her accounts of the differences between Western and Middle Eastern ideology.

Mourning Remembrance: A Collection of Mocking Obituaries Ripped from the Deadlin
By Jim Earl, 272 pgs.
By kurt

This book is a series of fake obituaries for random notables, including Steve Jobs, Robert Moog, Aaron Spelling, and many other lesser-known figures.

God, Forgive These Bastards (Stories from the Forgotten Life of Georgia Tech Pit
By Rob Morton, 95 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The stories are well-told, with bright, colorful language describing things that are dark, scary, sad, and, like the author states, the more unbelievable they are, the more they are grounded in truth.

Cambodian Grrrl
By Anne Elizabeth Moore, 95 pgs
By Katie Dunne

In Cambodian Grrrl, Moore travels to Phnom Penh to teach at Cambodia’s first university for women.

Building a Better Robot: 10 Years of the Mr. Roboto Project
Created by Andy Mulkerin, Mike Q. Roth, and Missy Wright with Dan Bidwa, and Art
By Matt Average

The Mr. Roboto Project was a show space on the outskirts of Pittsburgh, PA. It was pretty much a storefront that held all-ages punk shows.

Barefoot and in the Kitchen
By Ashley Rowe
By Katie Dunne

It was delicious, like pretty much everything in this vegan cookbook, and I’m not a vegan. It includes several references in the front that define ingredients and methods that may be obscure to readers.

Time Bomb Snooze Alarm
By Bucky Sinister, 91 pgs.
By sean

I wouldn’t call him the voice of my generation. I wouldn’t call anyone that. But Bucky Sinister is a voice that my generation needs.

Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism
By Peter Marshall, 818 pgs.
By jimmy

Marshall has done a lot of heavy lifting here to provide a scholarly, yet accessible look into a subject long misunderstood, maligned, and misrepresented by those who purport to serve the best interests of general public.

Cambodian Grrrl: Self-Publishing in Phnom Penh
By Anne Elizabeth Moore
By Kevin Dunn

You want a revolution girl style now? What better place to start than in the Harpswell Dormitory for University Women in Cambodia?


By gary

In this comic, our author goes through one hassle or another as he traffics through doctors on his way to correct a stomach issue that include long waits in doctors’ offices until he finally breaks down. Is it stress or eating habits?

We the Animals
By Justin Torres, 125 pgs.
By Guest Contributor

The book follows the family through the highs and lows of their working class life. It is filled with both joy and anger but carries an undercurrent of menace, violence, and dark sexuality throughout. If you are looking for a happy, uplifting, working class pastoral then this book is not for you. If you like your stories a little gritty and tense and are not uncomfortable with an undercurrent of casual violence and sexuality, then We the Animals is a three-hour rush you will enjoy.

Visual Vitriol: The Street Art and Subcultures of the Punk and Hardcore Generati
By David A. Ensminger, 334 pgs.
By Aphid Peewit

Author David Engsminger would probably be quick to point out that Visual Vitriol is neither a punk rock coffee table book nor a strictly analytical study intended for academicians.

Rad Dad: Dispatches from the Frontiers of Fatherhood
Edited by Tomas Moniz and Jeremy Adam Smith, 193 pgs.
By Andy Conway

Filled with writing that is at times sweet, provocative, and thought provoking, this book gives great insight into the many trials and tribulations facing today’s rad dad.

A Mix of Bricks & Valentines
By G. W. Sok, 381 pgs.
By kurt

At its core, however, this is what it is: a book of lyrics and poems by the lyricist for a punk band. Unless you’re a fan of G. W. Sok, The Ex, or musicians who write poems, the audience for this kind of thing is limited.

Primal Screamer, The
By Nick Blinko, 122 pgs.
By kurt

The Primal Screamer has been released previously, but in its latest version it comes with additional gothic artwork by the author, Nick Blinko, who you might also know as the frontman of the British punk band, Rudimentary Peni.

Now Then Gadgie
By Marv Gadgie, 149 pgs.
By Steve Larder

I’ve been vocal in the past about my admiration of Marv’s writing in his zine, Gadgie. This book is a collection of anecdotes and autobiographical accounts of a life rich with mischief, a wry eye, and attention to detail.



The Nostalgia Echo
By Mickey Hess, 331 pgs.
By sean

The reader comes to feel for and even love the major characters in the book. It’s hard not to get swept up in their lives. It’s even harder to put the book down. In short, The Nostalgia Echo is one of the best new books I’ve read in the last few years. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

Letters to Kurt
By Eric Erlandson, 159 pgs.
By kurt

It is interesting to see how a celebrity views certain issues and people, and it was also impressive to see Erlandson’s knowledge of popular culture and his political understanding. It made for more lively reading than most poetry I’ve come across. Yet I’m still hesitant to fully endorse the book.

By Kristian Williams, 63 pgs.
By kurt

The apex of Williams’s argument is that getting rid of the apparatuses that allow abuse and torture and working towards an anarchist system is what would solve this despicable practice. As I read Hurt, though, I just kept thinking about how I’ve read this kind of thing dozens of times before: America is evil, anarchy can solve these problems.

Homesweet Homegrown
By Robyn Jasko, 127 pgs.
By kurt

This is a good starter guide with basic, straightforward information in one compact, handy book. There are also illustrations throughout that keep it from being a dull read.

Hawai’i: 1778-1959, From Western Discovery to Statehood
By J. Gerlach, 34 pgs.
By Steve Hart

The history of Hawai’i is very difficult to document. I think the author did an admirable job, but there are huge omissions (like the petition against annexation in 1887 and the petition against statehood in 1954) that leave holes in the heart of the story that I wish were included.

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