Callie has called the West Coast her home all her life, but it was during a reluctant year in Phoenix, AZ that she caught the bookselling bug at her first job. After several years buying and selling used books on the Olympic Peninsula, Callie left for Seattle and joined up with the EBBCo crew.
Reviews & Recommendations
I've cried several times over how much I care about Murderbot. All Systems Red is more of a "start it before bed and then stay up until 5 in the morning finishing it" sci-fi thriller than a tear-jerker, but it's Murderbot's unique point of view that makes this book (and the rest of the series!) as wonderful as it is and had me hooked from the first sentence. A bot-human hybrid owned by a company and treated as a tool, Murderbot copes like the rest of us (through humor, deflection, and binge-watching) but its struggle with anxiety and with the alienation that comes with being seen as less than human is often made more difficult by being shot at. Highly recommend.
“I’ve always thought of them, of the poems, as being very private investigations and negotiations of a space that I can’t quite figure out—they’re where I wrestle with what I both resist and am drawn to.”
I can't stop reading and rereading Phillips's poems. They are carefully considered but always unsettled, restlessly looking to reveal, move deeper, open something unknown. My favorite poems ask questions and Phillips's linger in my head for weeks even when I'm not reading him.
An expertly written and passionate memoir about love and the hungering emptiness of its absence—about how we find ourselves and lose ourselves in both states. Relentless in her searching for understanding, Febos never hesitates to explore to find the insight she's looking for, and never flinches from the personal even as she delves into her own sexuality, attraction, addiction, and the darker sides of our selves and our histories. Febos writes with such startling candor and perception that I couldn't help but find myself revealed at times alongside her.