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Phillip Santiago

Joined 1 year, 11 months ago

A recent transplant to the Triangle area in NC. Main reading goals include literary fiction about modern families, current events nonfiction, scientific speculation, and more.

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Xiran Jay Zhao: Iron Widow (Hardcover, 2021, Penguin Teen) 4 stars

Science fiction and East Asian myth combine in this dazzling retelling of the rise of …

Burns Quickly, Leaving Ash

3 stars

Relentless pacing that eventually crashes into the wall of its ending. It's pretty great worldbuilding and plotting, but I wish it had cut some of the subplot revolving around the Yellow Dragon Chrysalis and spent more downtime exploring with that pilots do when they're not beating each other senseless.

Samantha Irby: Wow, No Thank You. (2020, Vintage) 4 stars

Staring down the barrel of her fortieth year, Samantha Irby is confronting the ways her …

Irby is a defining essayist to me in the vein of Sedaris or even Andy Rooney. I'm unsure if I would have loved this more or less when I was at my most chaotic period in my mid-twenties, but she has this effect of really reminding me why I'm not fully at home in the suburban spaces society carves out for someone with my educational background. I enjoyed both this and "We Are Never Meeting in Real Life."