About the Book

Last week, I terrified myself with Natalie D. Richard’s One Was Lost. After that, I’d love a palate cleanser of a novel I can read at night without worrying about nightmares. That’s why this week, I’ll be reading Jeff Garvin’s exploration of what gender is and isn’t in Symptoms of Being Human.

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What’s with the Turtles, Anyway?

Poetry and prose combine beautifully in this story to tell a tale of almost star-crossed almost lovers who want nothing but to be the best of themselves for themselves and for each other. It’s about learning what happens when you lose a parent, and what happens when maybe the parent that you do have is so distant that it’s basically the same as not having one at all. And about not pushing what you do have left away.

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