Keenan has always been happiest surrounded by books. She was the kid in elementary school who was always getting in trouble for trying to sneakily read her book during class. She grew up on the Redwood Coast of Northern California and has lived in Seattle since 2016. 

Reviews & Recommendations

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When Women Were Dragons: A Novel By Kelly Barnhill Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385548229
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Published: Doubleday - May 3rd, 2022

This gorgeous, weird, and wonderful book is all at once sad and sweet, funny and frustrating. As bizarre and fantastical as it is, it still manages to provide an incredibly grounded exploration of what it is like to grow up feminine in a world that has declared so many aspects of femininity to be taboo. It is a beautiful study of gender, relationships, feminist rage, and what happens when we allow too much to remain unsaid simply because “we don’t talk about that.”

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The Holy or the Broken: Leonard Cohen, Jeff Buckley, and the Unlikely Ascent of
ISBN: 9781982141363
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Published: Atria Books - June 7th, 2022

I first bought this book out of curiosity more than anything else, if I'm totally honest. I just had to know how a discussion of one song could fill an entire book! (Even a song that invites as much discussion as "Hallelujah".) As it turns out, the history of this song, and of the two men behind its creation and outrageous popularity, is as complex and fascinating as the song itself. I was completely captivated. Whether you love this song, or you're sick to death of the seemingly endless covers and soundtrack spots, this book will forever change the way you listen to and think about "Hallelujah".

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We Have Always Lived in the Castle: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Shirley Jackson, Jonathan Lethem (Afterword by), Thomas Ott (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780143039976
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 31st, 2006

Merricat, her sister Constance, and their ailing uncle Julian live together on the Blackwood estate, ostracized by the residents of the nearby village after the rest of the Blackwood family died under mysterious circumstances. This story overflows with Shirley Jackson's signature sense of creeping unease and mounting tension. It is both an eerie mystery and a study of the different ways people might cope in the aftermath of a traumatic event.

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The Lady from the Black Lagoon By Mallory O'Meara Cover Image
ISBN: 9781335010131
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Published: Hanover Square Press - March 3rd, 2020

If you are interested in monster movies, old Hollywood, and/or the history of women in the film industry, this is the book for you! O'Meara does a spectacular job of blending stories from her own personal experience in the film industry with the incredibly well-researched history of Millicent Patrick, the woman responsible for designing the iconic Creature from the Black Lagoon, and why her name has languished in obscurity for so long.

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Homegoing By Yaa Gyasi Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101971062
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Published: Vintage - May 2nd, 2017

I cannot say enough good things about this incredible book! It is a beautifully written story that traces the lineage of generational trauma and disenfranchisement along two branches of a single family tree, beginning in 18th century Ghana and concluding in the present day. Each chapter follows a new character, and each character is so vividly portrayed that the reader is instantly deeply invested in their story. It's a reading experience that will stick with you long after you've finished the book.

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The Witches Are Coming By Lindy West Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316449861
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Published: Hachette Books - September 21st, 2021

Lindy West has an incredible talent for making me laugh when I really want to cry. She manages to make her in-depth analysis of America's long history of misogyny and racism, and how it led to the outcome of the 2016 election, almost as funny as it is infuriating.