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One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays | Scaachi Koul
"A debut collection of essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada, "a land of ice and casual racism," addressing sexism, cultural stereotypes and the universal miseries of life by the irreverent, hilarious and incomparable rising star and cultural observer, Scaachi Koul. In suburban Calgary, at a young and impressionable age, Scaachi Koul learned what made her miserable. Not just uncomfortable, not just mild irritants, not just the long commute you have in the morning: things that make you doubt your humanity. And it turns out, everything did. In The Pursuit of Misery, Scaachi shares her observations, fears and experiences as a woman of colour growing up in Canada. These are stories ranging from shaving her knuckles in grade school, to a shopping trip gone horribly awry, to internet garbage, to parsing the trajectory of fears and anxieties that pressed upon her immigrated parents and bled down a generation. Stories of returning to India where her parents grew up, and ultimately about trying to find her place in the world. With a sharp eye and biting wit, Scaachi explores the absurdity of a life and culture steeped in misery. And through these intimate, wise and laugh-out-loud funny dispatches, a portrait of a bright new literary voice emerges."--
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SShiney
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Several nice gems from this book! :)

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suvata
Panpan

Not for me.

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SShiney
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Pickpick

I zipped through this one, a great listen. I am surprised I haven't heard of it before.

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Lindy
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Feminist book club spread last night; we rotate hosting and it‘s always a feast. Just before leaving my house, I checked the address and noticed at the same time that I had the wrong book in mind—I had been thinking we were going to discuss Too Much and Not the Mood by Durga Chew-Bose, a different collection of essays, also by a South Asian Canadian writer. Fortunately, I had also read the correct collection (tagged).

DivineDiana Reminds me of when I was so happy that I finished the assigned book before Book Club, only to arrive with the right author, but the wrong title in hand! 🤦‍♀️ 9mo
suzisteffen Gosh, I liked that Scaachi Koul book! I have been planning to read the other one as well. Do you recommend the un-tagged book? (edited) 9mo
Lindy @suzisteffen Oh yes! It‘s more meandering, the kind of writing for readers who love beautiful prose. I also recommend a couple of other essay collections: Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay and 9mo
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suzisteffen @Lindy thanks for the recs! Bought and read Bad Feminist when it came out, haven‘t read the Elliott, but it‘s now on my list. Just got the Chew-Bose via Libby (I remember snagging it at the library when it came out, but not having time to read it then). try to read at least one book of essays a month & am on essay collection 3 for May. 😉📚🤓 I‘ve been thinking about rereading Virginia Woolf‘s essays as well. Love the form! 9mo
suzisteffen 3. & I‘m part of the way through this one: 9mo
Lindy @DivineDiana 😆 That can happen so easily. 9mo
Lindy @suzisteffen Thanks for all the suggestions. I‘m excited to read 9mo
Fridameetslucy Lucky to have that group! 9mo
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#booksheenrecommends
A great, feminist book by a non-white author. I wish I‘d had this book a few years ago. This woman‘s insight into the first generation born in America experience as the daughter of Indian immigrants would have been very helpful in a now lost friendship 😔

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TheBookDream
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Found this at the library on day two of my #unemployedadventures which very quickly became #underemployedadventures. Woke up early so reading before my first shift back at work 🙂

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LaurenReads
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A good collection of essays. I enjoyed some more than others, but overall a pick.

Megabooks I enjoyed it too! 11mo
Cinfhen Me too!!!! 11mo
AutumnRLS On my TBR pile since Christmas. Maybe I'll make this my next nonfiction pick (I like to kind of alternate depending on my mood). 10mo
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Paperback.Propensity
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Some favorite fiction, and nonfiction by women writers. Happy #internationalwomensday

Day 8 #LiteraryLuck

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Bell Jar 💔 12mo
Paperback.Propensity @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes! Just read it for the first time recently. 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Paperback.Propensity me too!!!! 12mo
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candority
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ODWABDANOTWM is a collection of honest and humorous personal essays by Scaachi Koul. Many of the essays revolve around her experiences as the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada and I appreciated the glimpse into her culture/family dynamics. In addition to personal stories, her essays explore issues of gender, rape culture, internet harassment, racism, and more. I enjoyed listening to this collection, but it won‘t have a lasting impact on me.

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Andrea313
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Tonight's jam is this book and an electric blanket turned on high because it is a godforsaken negative thirty-five out there and my kitchen pipes are frozen and I think it's time to just cancel the entire Midwest. #currentlyreading #polarvortex

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tholmz
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I love Scaachi‘s writing. It‘s so funny and heartfelt and captivating.

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Lindy
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She once told me to start drinking rosé because it‘s a literary drink, which is maybe the best excuse I‘ve ever heard to start drinking something new.

Lindy Earlier this week, the host of our rotating monthly literary salons found a rosé to match this month‘s ‘wilderness‘ theme. 1y
MayJasper Was it good❓ 1y
Lindy @MayJasper Delicious! 1y
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saresmoore Mmmm 1y
Dogearedcopy For years, I avoided drinking rosés out of some misbegotten snobbery; but then I went to the Loire Valley last year and developed a whole new appreciation for them! I now associate them with long Summer afternoon lunches-that-turn-into-dinners and great conversation. Even if that‘s not what‘s happened when I drink rosés now, the mindset is there ? (edited) 1y
Lindy @Dogearedcopy Lovely. 😊 1y
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Lindy
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A collection of personal essays about topics like feminism, rape culture, self-image, racism and being a brown-skinned #Canadian born of Kashmiri immigrants. The pieces fit together smoothly, so this reads like one frank and witty memoir. It‘s her relationship with her parents that ties everything together; I like that her father reads the segments between chapters, with Koul narrating the rest of her work in the #audiobook. #diversevoices

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Lindy
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Falling in love sounds so passive, but it did feel unintentional, like tripping into a pit that happened to be filled with downy gold.

josie281 Love this 1y
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Lindy
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When I was 12 or 13 and started to notice boys, and they started to notice me, but more like you notice a pelican is eating your lunch on the beach…

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Lindy
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My first computer was a 47-pound Dell desktop, the monitor the size of a filing cabinet and a tower tall enough to (theoretically) prop your leg up on when masturbating.

Soubhiville 🤣😂🤣😂 1y
Rcoco 🤔 1y
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Lindy
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Bravery is for parents or people who get tattoos in another language.

(Internet photos)

AmyG Ha! 1y
sisilia 🤣 1y
tournevis That! That is why I intentionally got the word Chocolate in Mandarin tattoed on my ankle. I laugh every time I look down.🍫 1y
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erzascarletbookgasm 🤦‍♀️ 1y
Lindy @tournevis Fun! And brave. 1y
tournevis @Lindy Just slight deranged. 1y
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Lindy
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Mom talks about moving to Canada as if my father had requested she start wearing fun hats. ‘Why not try it?‘ she thought, instead of, ‘This fucking lunatic wants me to go to a country made of ice and casual racism.‘

tournevis snort snort snort snort snort 1y
Lindy @tournevis She‘s got pith. 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Mehso-so

Many of these essays were interesting enough, but ultimately kind of forgettable? I didn't feel like any of them really moved me or made any really insightful points about the topics she discusses (internet harassment, race/racism in Canada, second generation experiences, shadism and sexism in Indian communitites). I also didn't really find them funny either. I think I just wanted some more substance or reflection on the stories she shares?

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nish07
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^-^ absolute delight!!

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alecia3dixie
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Panpan

Putting this nicely, this book was awful. The character was not relatable and I ended up hating her at the end. This author had such an amazing opportunity to express how amazing Indian culture is and she just raged on the culture the whole book, which to me, was a little dis-tastful. I would not recomend.

teenangstlives Glad I wasn't the only one that felt this way. I was excited as a minority to read this and be represented but it was NOT AT ALL accurate to my experiences and how I felt. 2y
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JillPill
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> Ms. Honey from Matilda
> I can't think of any off the top of my head
> Of Mice and Men
> No, I'm not in school anymore and don't have any kiddos

#2018ReadingChallenge @CSeydel

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Ucoleman89
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Been putting it off. Think I'm ready to read it now.

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Linds
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Solid collection of personal essays. Strongest when Koul spoke about her parents immigration from India to Canada and her experience growing up brown in a largely white neighborhood. Her essays about an Indian wedding and online trolls were particularly strong. Other essays meandered without really reaching their point. I was skimming near the end, but still think it‘s worth picking up.

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AKinderman
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Interesting and funny book.

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mhillis
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My #25infive update! I finished Crenshaw and Invisible. Read Citizen. Started One Day We‘ll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter on audio.

CouronneDhiver I thought Crenshaw was such a sweet little read. 😊 2y
Andrew65 👏👏👏 2y
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Cinfhen
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The beauty of this book besides it‘s hilarity is how relatable Scaachi Koul is. She‘s a thirty something single girl of Indian descent, I‘m a 50 something Jewish wife & mother and yet, Scaachi‘s family could easily be mine 😊Her parents, Indian immigrants were my favorite part of this collection as I recognized so much of my own parents in their overwhelming love and sense of family & tradition. Easy to read with some real insight❣️❣️❣️

tammysue Lovely review! 😊 2y
dgingo I‘m adding it to my stack! Thanks for sharing your review! 2y
Leftcoastzen Nice review!More people should focus on the things we have in common rather than things that divide us. 2y
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dgingo @Leftcoastzen Indeed! 🙌🏼 2y
Sophoclessweetheart What a gorgeous review. I‘m curious about this now x 2y
TrishB Great review 👍🏻 2y
ElishaLovesBooks This sounds great! I loved the review too! 2y
emilyhaldi Glad you liked her! I found her super annoying and had to bail on the audio. We are not aligning on many books recently!! 🤪 2y
Kalalalatja Stacked! 2y
Cinfhen Ha @emilyhaldi wtf!?! I hope you love it like I did @Kalalalatja @ElishaLovesBooks @TrishB @Wanderingwithwords @Leftcoastzen @dgingo @whatshesreadingnow it‘s not perfect but I really enjoyed getting to know Scaachi and her family💕💕 2y
dgingo @Cinfhen 👍🏼 (And, really, what is perfect?) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @emilyhaldi y‘all crack me up!!! 🤣😂🤣😂 @Cinfhen (edited) 2y
minkyb Love the review! 2y
Reviewsbylola You‘re totally not #teamsteph on this one. 😂😂 2y
Cinfhen Nope, I don‘t think we‘ve had a #lovematch in a REALLY LONG time @Reviewsbylola 2y
Reviewsbylola We agreed on a book you posted about yesterday!! 2y
Cinfhen Truth @Reviewsbylola but what was the last book we both loved besides 2y
Reviewsbylola I can barely remember what I read last week. 😂😂😂 2y
Reviewsbylola So I have no idea. 2y
Cinfhen I see you liked The Lover‘s Dictionary @Reviewsbylola me too....although it hardly counts as a book😉 2y
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Cinfhen
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#DontShootTheMessanger #NoSnowForMe I did a #BOTM exchange with @2BR02B and received this book and an awesome bookmark 💗LOVING this collection...really funny...

2BR02B I thought her parents were hilarious. 😆 2y
Mdargusch Oh to see the sun 🌞 2y
Cinfhen I‘m LOVING her mom & dad...they need to be on reality TV @2BR02B 2y
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2BR02B I would absolutely watch that show! 2y
Reviewsbylola This was a huge disappointment for me. I think I‘d just had enough of this type of book. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Do you ever feel like someone is stalking your page?! 😉👀😂📚 2y
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KerryLibME
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A great book to read after a long day.

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CatLass007
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Thank you @guinsgirlreads for the beautiful, warm blanket! I love it!! This book looks so interesting, I‘m so glad you picked it from my TBR. #bookandablanketswap

emily_m_tubb What an amazing blanket! 😍 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 2y
Chrissyreadit Love that blanket! 2y
guinsgirlreads Glad you like! 😊 2y
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brownekr
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I've been in a real reading slump the past couple of weeks--probably helped along by some traveling and then some post-travel illness.

But I've still got Scaachi Koul's essay collection in my bedside bookshelf, so I'm seeing if I can chip away at it and get back on track.

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EmmaMae
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This book was a beautiful, funny collection of stories from the author's life looking at love, relationships to one's body, parental relationships, a connection to the homeland of her parents and more through the eyes of a child of immigrants. #bookclubreads

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lisakoby
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Hilarious and excellent. My first five star read of the year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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trazo
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Started reading this book in the morning after opening my #cupidgoespostal box 📦 and I am loving it! It is perfect for long, busy days like today to kick back with something light. Thank you again @UwannaPublishme 😆

UwannaPublishme Yay! I'm so happy to hear this. 😊❤️ 2y
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Chelleo
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Mehso-so

⭐️⭐️ I‘m almost leaning towards a ‘Pan‘ review but can‘t bring myself to do it. The writing was lovely and the author‘s narration was ok but I just couldn‘t connect with the author. She annoyed me more often than not. And the mood/tone of the book was not in line with my current frame of mind. I hate that I didn‘t like this more given the great reviews it received. #unpopularopinion

britt_brooke I haven‘t read this, but I always appreciate honest reviews, so, thank you! 👏🏻 2y
ghosthost I enjoyed it, but I‘ve definitely had my fair share of unpopular opinions. I hope you enjoy your next book more. 2y
readinginthedark I decided not to read this because I got some of what you‘re saying just from reading quotes and posts by others, even paired with positive reviews. 2y
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Chelleo @ghosthost @britt_brooke @readinginthedark ... Can‘t love them all! 🙂 2y
emilyhaldi Ugh, she annoyed me so much!! Youre not alone 😄 2y
thebluestocking I didn‘t love this either. 2y
UrsulaMonarch I'm with you! Bailing. 2y
Chelleo @UrsulaMonarch 🤷🏽‍♀️Gotta do what ya gotta do 😏 2y
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Chelleo
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MichelleScott_author I‘ve heard a lot of good about this one. 2y
WhatDeeReads This is a good one! 2y
JackOBotts Enjoy...I though this was really great. 👍🏼 2y
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cariashley
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I really liked this! Great on audio too, she does a beautiful job reading it. Definitely recommend.

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Notafraidofwords
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This is a 5 ⭐️ read for me, but it won‘t be for everyone. I can deeply relate to being a child of immigrant parents whose expectations suffocate you on a daily basis and whose anger makes your world spin. I can also relate to having so many fears...so many. I can also relate to the many ways those fears make your life so small until you realize you‘re not living. And then you can make changes to that. If you can relate any of this, read it.

Mixedreader I have this one & excited to read it! 2y
Notafraidofwords @Mixedreader it‘s funny, compassionate and smart. I loved it. 2y
Cinfhen Nice review 2y
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Augustdana Loved this book too! She writes some great articles for buzzfeed and she‘s one of my favs on twitter. (Updates on her dad!!) Hope she gets to write more, voices like hers are so important. 2y
Notafraidofwords @Augustdana I‘m gonna look her up on buzzfeed. I will continue to read her stuff. 2y
minkyb Beautiful review. 2y
Notafraidofwords @minkyb thank you 😁 2y
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LadyElaine
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Papa seems like a hoopy frood who knows where his towel is. #24in48

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ErinC
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#fantasticfirstlines #hour12 #24in48
The top line is the most memorable first line I‘ve read lately from Gillian Flynn‘s The Grownup and below is from the tagged book and it had the most intriguing first line from my readathon stack. @24in48

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thereadingwomen
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I did not expect this to be the hilarious essay collection it turned out to be. Scaachi shares what it‘s like to grow up in Canada as the daughter of Indian immigrants. And what it's like, generally, to be a 21st century woman. I especially resonated with her story "Size Me Up", where she talks about getting stuck in a skirt at a clothing retailer – where she once worked! I'm looking forward to reading more of her essays in the future. - A⠀

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GypsyKat
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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this audiobook. It was sometimes funny, sometimes poignant, & always engaging. I love hearing people talk about themselves. Even details of people‘s everyday lives can have resonance and meaning. We‘re all different, and somehow all the same. I believe each person is a collection of stories waiting to be told. This book was a collection of stories about racism, & feminism, & family. Stories worth listening to.

Cinfhen Nice review❤️ 2y
GypsyKat @Cinfhen Thank you! 😘 2y
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GypsyKat
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I‘m feeling restless tonight, so I‘m sitting in bed with my headphones in, playing candy crush on my phone and listening to this audiobook. For now anyway.

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BOTM.BookSwap
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Reposting this, since I haven't had any takers yet. Interested in any of the above? Make me an offer!

#BOTMBookSwap #botm

Cityofamber Love this idea! I‘ll have to look at my shelf later. 😂😊 2y
blondie I'm interested in The Possessions! I have The Wife Between Us that I'd be willing to trade. But that's all I have at the moment :/ 2y
parasolofdoom Uncommon Type for The Possessions? 2y
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TheLibrarian I‘ll take a look at my shelves soon and will let you know!! 2y
Morr_Books Love this concept. I'm just gonna have to start plowing thru my BOTM books. 2y
Bklover I‘m going to have to go through my books! 2y
Bklover How about The Blinds or The Power for The Possessions? (edited) 2y
BOTM.BookSwap @parasolofdoom Sold! Can you send me an email with your address? 2br02book@gmail.com 2y
BOTM.BookSwap @blondie @Bklover sorry, I already have those. 2y
swishandflick How about The Sisters Chase for Exit West? 2y
parasolofdoom @BOTM.BookSwap emailed! 😘 2y
A_planNerd How about The Couple Next Door for Final Girls? 2y
2BR02B @A_planNerd sorry- already have that one too! 2y
BOTM.BookSwap @swishandflick sounds good to me! Could you please send your address to 2br02book@gmail.com? 2y
Natasha.C.Barnes I have Chemistry if you're interested in that! 2y
BOTM.BookSwap @Natasha.C.Barnes already have it! 2y
mrsthilkey I would take Girls in the Moon! I'm finished with An American Marriage. I also have a hardcover of Freshwater, but that's not a BOTM... 2y
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Expandingbookshelf
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Smoothies and essays are a great way to start your day 🤗 I really enjoyed this book by @buzzfeed author Scaachi Koul. It covers everything from relationship drama to race and gender, immigration and belonging. A thoroughly enjoyable read and now all I want is more essays about Koul‘s hilarious father 💜❤️💙

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SandyW
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I enjoyed most of the essays, and would recommend this as a mostly entertaining read (probably more relatable for women).
The wedding in India, and Scaachi's interactions with her mom made me laugh. The essay on drinking and sexual abuse made some interesting points, although it would have been more impactful had it not been included in this mostly humorous compilation.