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Book Review: "Conquering Venus" by Collin Kelley
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Jason Pettus
Chicago Center for Literature and Photography

Kelley does quite a nice job, turning in a tidy story that was obviously well thought out and thoroughly researched; not only does it have a tight internal logic but also presents the city in a highly realistic and evocative way, and with lots of real-feeling details about the calamitous days there in the late '60s that this youngish author obviously couldn't have directly experienced himself. And that's why Conquering Venus gets at least a decent score today, and a full write-up instead of a one-paragraph brushoff, because it deserves such a thing, and it deserves to find the audience who will enjoy this book just for these elements alone.