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A Woman Is No Man
A Woman Is No Man: A Novel | Etaf Rum
Three generations of Palestinian-American women in contemporary Brooklyn are torn between individual desire and the strict mores of traditional Arab culture in this powerful, heartbreaking and hopeful debut novel—an emotionally resonant and culturally relevant story of love, secrets, courage, and duty that speaks to the lives and experiences of all women today, giving voice to the silenced and agency to the oppressed. “Where I come from, we’ve learned to silence ourselves. We’ve been taught that silence will save us. Where I come from, we keep these stories to ourselves. To tell them to the outside world is unheard of, dangerous, the ultimate shame.” Palestine, 1990. Seventeen-year-old Isra prefers reading books to entertaining the suitors her father has chosen for her. Over the course of a week, the naïve and dreamy girl finds herself quickly betrothed and married, and is soon living in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, in a house thousands of miles from the only place she has ever known. Fearful and uncertain of her strange new husband, Isra struggles with her duties as a traditional wife and the expectations of her oppressive mother-in-law Fareeda—pressure that intensifies as she begins to have children, four daughters instead of the sons Fareeda tells Isra she must bear. Brooklyn, 2008. Eighteen-year-old Deya, Isra’s oldest daughter, must meet with potential husbands at her grandmother Fareeda’s behest, though her only desire is to attend college. Deya can’t help but wonder if her options might have been different had her parents survived a fatal car crash that left her and her sisters orphans in their grandparents’ care and if she was free of Fareeda’s fierce attempts to protect her granddaughters from a world she has decided is unfit for them. But fate has a will of its own, and soon Deya will find herself on an unexpected path that leads to shocking truths about her family—knowledge that will force her to question everything she thought she knew about her parents, the past, and her own future. Set in an America that may feel removed yet is all too close at hand, A Woman Is No Man is a story of culture and honor, secrets and betrayals, love and violence. It is an intimate glimpse into a controlling and closed cultural world, and a universal tale about family and the ways silence and shame can destroy those we have sworn to protect.
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Caterina
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Official #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC update for week 5: I got my four run/walks in and finished four books too. 👍 Loved A Woman Is No Man (perfect book club book) and An Extraordinary Union (officially the first romance book I've finished and liked). #romantsy Good week, now let's finish strong! 💪 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 Great week 5! 3d
jb72 You are so organized! That is fantastic. 3d
RachelO Doing good! 2d
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TheSpineView Awesome! 2d
Clwojick 😍😍😍😍😍 This book, and your writing is soooo aesthetically pleasing! 1d
Clwojick Also... mildliners 🙌🏻 1d
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Caterina
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Church book club discussed A Woman Is No Man today! This book was heavy but also a fast read, and it made me homesick for Palestine, where I spent 1 year living as a volunteer. Brought in some za'atar, olive oil, and pita for the group to try! 😊
I finished listening to the audiobook this morning, just in the nick of time. 😂 Book 30 for #BookFitnessChallenge #BFC @wanderinglynn

Aswenson Never thought to use Za‘atar with olive oil! Had it with a couple recipes- but now I‘ll have to try this. 🤗 6d
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Jilly6183
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A heartbreaking but hopeful story.

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Caterina
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#audiostitching before bed. I'm leading my church book club discussion on this book at 1 pm tomorrow, so I really need to finish it. 😂 I'm also bringing in some things from my year in Palestine, including za'atar. 😍
No workout today. Between church, the rain, and my brother's rescheduled birthday dinner, I didn't manage to squeeze it in. Planning on audiowalking in the morning if it's not raining.🤞#BookFitnessChallenge #BFC @wanderinglynn

cherinium I really should pull out an unfinished cross stitch project that I abandoned years ago. For several years, I put hours of work into large, difficult pieces that I gifted to family members. All of a sudden, I just burned out completely. I haven't touched it in years. 1w
wanderinglynn @cherinium same thing happened to me. 1w
BookwormAHN Nice 👏🏻 1w
Freespirit I used to do a lot of cross stitch. It was very relaxing! 7d
RachelO Your cross-stitch is lovely! 7d
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Courtneyjo_reads
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I added this to my #BOTM order and I‘m so excited to read it. I‘ve loved all of your reviews and I‘m hoping it lives up to its hype ✨⁣

#awomanisnoman

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Jilly6183
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Enjoying a book and coffee on the balcony overlooking Quebec City at our Airbnb while my husband makes breakfast. Vacation is the best!

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ericarobynreads
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A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum is a very powerful tale about family and tradition, with a quick dash of mystery. This tale is heart-breaking and infuriating, but it is also uplifting and hopeful.

https://www.ericarobynreads.com/book-review-a-woman-is-no-man/

#fiction

10MoreMin Sounds so good. I downloaded a sample. 2w
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Megabooks
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I‘m hopeless! I just wanted some #bookmail #botm #herewegoagain

Reviewsbylola I ordered three so I‘m right there with you. But I will decide once I see spoilers if I‘m keeping my account active. 2w
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola Yeah, like we‘ve said, we did the challenge the best year! 2w
MicheleinPhilly 😂😂😂 2w
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Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly Hopeless, right? 😂😂😂 2w
MicheleinPhilly Believe me, I‘ve been tempted. Instead I just go and blow up my budget at the bookstore. 2w
Megabooks @MicheleinPhilly I haven‘t bought any books since my birthday in March, except for kindle daily deals (and we know those don‘t count 😉), so I figure I‘m due! 😁😁 The only bookstores in town are Books-A-Million and its used off-shoot, so I don‘t feel like I‘m taking away my money from an indie, which would make me feel bad. 2w
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echalpan
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I could not put this book down. Rum did a beautiful job of weaving together the stories of three Palestinian women from different generations The book was heart-breaking (over and over again), thought-provoking, and hopeful.

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echalpan
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About 1/3 of the way through, and I can‘t put this book down.

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Erinreadsthebooks
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This reading slump is serious. My book club meets Tuesday night. I‘m on page 4. 😬

emtobiasz Sounds like something I would do! 😂 You can do it! 3w
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mdemanatee
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It wasn‘t a full read by the water day (what do you mean the river walk is busier now that weekends are my day off too. Shocker) but it was a good sneak in some audiobook time while wandering downtown day.

SamAnne Where is that? Beautiful. 3w
mdemanatee @SamAnne State street bridge downtown Chicago 3w
Samplergal ❤️❤️❤️ love Chicago. Just in summer though. 😂 3w
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SamAnne @mdemanatee Oh wow! Beautiful. Have always wanted to visit Chicago. Have made it to the Great Lakes in Michigan but not Chicago! 3w
mdemanatee @Samplergal I do the winters so I feel like I‘ve really earned the summers! 3w
mdemanatee @SamAnne Come visit! 3w
SamAnne @mdemanatee it‘s on my list! And I get you about making it through the winters to enjoy spring, summer, fall beauty. I‘m in Spokane and it was a long winter! 3w
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Jas16
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Mehso-so

This could have been a really powerful story but, to me, it was hampered by clunky, heavy handed writing.

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Scochrane26
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“If every woman refused to get married after a woman died at the hands of her husband, then no one would ever get married.”
I read this for book club, and it‘s the best book I‘ve read this year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
I‘ve had a sudden bad change in my life this week, so this is the first time I‘ve read all week or felt like posting.

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Lauren.Archer
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I know there has been a lot of mixed reviews on this, but this was such an important story. This is about a family continually going through the cycle of abuse and how to break free from this. I read some reviews that this does not represent the true nature of a Palestinian family, but to me this was the vehicle for the story not the main point. Very well written.

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Scochrane26

I‘m giving up on Walden temporarily because 1)it‘s very slow & due back at the library soon and 2) I need to read this one for library book club.

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BookBelle84
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Current reads on a beautiful day!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks These are on my list!! 1mo
xxjenadanxx All I can think about when I see that book is Eowyn in LOTR “ I AM NO MAN!” 1mo
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Lauren.Archer
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My last book was not working for me, so change is pace. Hopefully this will hold my attention.

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DannyOlda
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Panpan

You can find my whole review on Goodreads, but basically...I find the theme very, very important and relevant, but it was approached so heavy handedly that the craft really suffered for it. The dialogue especially lacked any nuance and subtly to the point that it was distracting. I really needed this book and I'm sorry it couldn't find it's way to me.

DannyOlda #botm I really have panning books but the dialogue was tough. Sometimes people just have small talk, or just discuss personal aspirations, intimate concerns, or joke around. We rarely discuss the big questions but I don't think there was a conversation in this book touched on anything else. 1mo
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Becker
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A good book, a cold beer, the smell of cut grass and the warm sun on my back. Hello spring.😍

Daisey Sounds wonderful! 1mo
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Bookmarkie
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Good book. But does anyone else that read this think chai is a main character?? So much chai.

Becker Currently reading - plenty of chai 😋 1mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Some hard truths about one woman‘s complicity with a rigidly patriarchal culture... this is a book that grabs you by the throat and forces you to bear witness to women‘s misery —and the possibility of change. #Recommendsday

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LWagoner
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This is a very well written story that opens a window to see in and begin to understand the lives of women and how our specific cultures impact out lives. It‘s a story about how power to have a choice is a daily struggle. Trigger warning for domestic violence #botm

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whatsthEStorey
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I loved this beautiful book about three generations of complicated, strong Palestinian women. Unlike some books which seem to paint all Muslim women as victims of the hijab, this book felt more balanced to me. It left me with admiration, empathy, and sorrow instead of pity.

TW for domestic violence.

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hjreviews
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⭐️4/5
This book was hard to put down and hard to pick back up (in a good way). The heart breaking realistic tale of an Arab family dealing with domestic violence in a patriarchal culture shown from 3 generations is feminist, inspiring, and tear jerking.

While I loved almost everything about the book, I‘m really over the whole “this isn‘t a book though this is real life” plot device. Anyone else feel this way?

hjreviews Should note: triggers for abuse and domestic violence 2mo
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Pelican71
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I liked the description and idea of the story but I wanted more. I just finished reading, it took me longer than it should have. I‘m not sure about the ending. Maybe I missed something.

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KnowledgeoverEveryThing
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This was a great read. I love reading stories about strong women.

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FeministBookClub
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Last chance to win your copy of A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum from Feminist Book Club! ➡️ bit.ly/FBCgiveaway6

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Tamra
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Lots to like about the writing, but it was heavy handed. Nothing subtle here. I kept having this nagging concern about reinforcing stereotypes about Muslims, especially women who cover themselves.

BarbaraBB Too bad it‘d not as good as I have been hoping for. 2mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB I am definitely in the minority, so you may really enjoy it. 2mo
BarbaraBB Have you read it yet, @Rachel_nyc ? I thought you mentioned it lately? 2mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB So sorry to hear this from you since I have been looking forward to it. It is sitting on my nightstand with a few others but I moved it down the priority list when someone else made a comment similar to yours. 2mo
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FeministBookClub
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Did you love our interview with Etaf Rum, the author of A Woman is No Man, on today's podcast? Enter to win a copy of her incredible debut novel - bit.ly/FBCgiveaway6 #giveaway

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FeministBookClub
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In today‘s Feminist Book Club: The Podcast episode, we‘re chatting with the author of A Woman Is No Man, Etaf Rum. She‘s incredible. Head to feministbookclub.com/podcast to listen or search for us on all your favorite podcast apps. We‘re also giving away a copy of her book so check out the shownotes to enter to win!

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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This book was tough to read in some parts. The story of a woman in a religious community that doesn‘t allow a lot of rights to women.

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irre
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Great reading month
Favorites: A Woman Is No Man
Daisy Jones & The Six

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Nicely done! 📖💖 3mo
LaurenReads I‘m halfway through Daisy Jones and I have to force myself to put it down to go to bed. It‘s so good! 3mo
irre It‘s was great for sure @laurenreads 3mo
Crazeedi Great job!🎉🎉 3mo
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Preciouz29
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So good, but so frustrating; I know that this is absolutely still the case for@many women worldwide, but I constantly wanted to shake all the women.

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maleahrae
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This story of three generations of Palestinian women was really rough to read at times, however I do love books that give me a peek into a culture different from my own. It was moving and heartbreaking and definitely not a light read.
#booked2019 #muslimmc
@Cinfhen @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft

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maleahrae
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A beautiful day, reading at the park while the kids play... I love Spring Break! #teachersoflitsy

Tadams4 Enjoy! 3mo
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LauraBytheBook
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Since the weather finally seems to be warming up, I‘ve decided to start taking 30 minute walks on my lunch break each day. Plus all this #audiowalking should help me finish more audiobooks like the awesome one I‘m reading now (tagged). so I guess I‘m a #Litsywalkers newbie!

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SandraG
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Pickpick

I just loved this book!🥰 If you care about the lives of women you should read this book! Women not only need to be seen, but also heard!

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TheFunkyBookworm
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Pickpick

This novel broke my heart and took my breath away.
Bravo 👏🏽
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cinfhen Gorgeous photo!! 3mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Cinfhen thanks- as I was eating breakfast I noticed how nicely the cover paired with my placemat 😂 3mo
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TheFunkyBookworm
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Spending a cozy morning on the couch while Mr. Grumpybutt keeps watch 🐶 📖
Loving this book so much I don‘t want it to end!!!

Mdargusch So funny! 3mo
398.2 Hahaha great picture 3mo
Stacypatrice “Grumpybutt.” 😂 I‘ll admit it... I first thought, “Wait. I didn‘t see a man.” 3mo
TheFunkyBookworm @Stacypatrice bahaha my human grumpybutt was still in bed sleeping 😂😂😂 3mo
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Liberty
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Hot cover color alert! 👗

saresmoore This color is my weakness! 😍 3mo
balletbookworm The color is my favorite ❤️💖 3mo
JennyM Oooo ❤️ 3mo
valeriegeary I will always double take a book this color. 😍🤗 3mo
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Cinfhen
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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion While I enjoyed the descriptions of food, flavors, spices even the traditions it was the actual story that felt very one dimensional and flat. A story of 3 generations of Palestinian women trying to find a place for themselves in a culture that demands they remain anonymous & silent. Was hoping for more substance.

AlaMich Wherever you are is lovely! 🌞⛱ 3mo
TrishB This may now come off my plane reading list! 3mo
Cathythoughts I hadn‘t heard of it ... sounds interesting though ... although I‘m not a Rupi Kaur fan ( is her poetry quoted in it !! ) (edited) 3mo
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PurpleyPumpkin I second what @AlaMich said. I‘m so longing for some warmth! Enjoy. ☀️ 3mo
AlaMich @PurpleyPumpkin I know! Winter is just NOT letting go! 🥶 3mo
PurpleyPumpkin @AlaMich I am so done! Spring and summer can‘t come soon enough for me. 3mo
EmilyM I agree....I liked the stories of the women, but there wasn't a lot of substance. And, the writing wasn't spectacular, either. I still called it a pick, but, it didn't "wow" me. 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks @AlaMich @PurpleyPumpkin I‘m visiting my parents in Miami and the weather has been lovely☀️ 3mo
Cinfhen @TrishB @Cathythoughts I have to agree with @EmilyM the book was missing the WOW!! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly I have a layover in Miami on Sat. I‘ll wave to you from the airport! 3mo
Kalalalatja I‘m jealous of your sun, but hoping you enjoy yourself! 💕 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Kalalalatja niki & Eric arrive tomorrow night 🥰can‘t wait!! Hope you‘re feeling better. You coming or going @MicheleinPhilly towards Philly or away??? (edited) 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Away! Heading to Key West! 3mo
Cinfhen Fun! Have a wonderful time @MicheleinPhilly I‘ve never been but I hear it‘s beautiful 😍 3mo
CoffeeAndABook Hi 👋🏻 hope your migraine is ancient history by now!!! How long are you in the States for? Hope you‘ll have the best time 🌸🌸🌸 3mo
Rachel_nyc That‘s disappointing as this is sitting in a pile of books I‘ve been looking forward to. I do appreciate hearing contrary opinions though since it tempers my expectations. 3mo
Cinfhen I think my expectations were a little too high @Rachel_nyc and I was just wanting more (edited) 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks so much @CoffeeAndABook I‘m here until the 26th and migraine is finally gone!!!! I hate these international flights but happy once I land and adjust to the time zone 3mo
CoffeeAndABook I absolutely understand what you‘re saying! I always wish I could just be beamed to my destination, intercontinental airtravel is just so miserable 🥴 but at least it‘s a nice long visit! 3mo
Cinfhen I agree, it doesn‘t pay to fly so long if you can‘t stay long @CoffeeAndABook 😉Glad Im able too. Have a great weekend 3mo
CoffeeAndABook Thank you!! Same to you 🍹😎🎋 3mo
Reviewsbylola That's disappointing. I'm so drawn to the cover of this one for some reason. 3mo
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Yeah_I_Read
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“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you” -Maya Angelou

“I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We‘ve been taught that silence would save us, but it won‘t” -Audre Lorde

#dedications

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EmilyM
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I agree with all of those who liked this book. A good story told in three voices--the writing wasn't spectacular, which keeps this at 4 stars for me. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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FeministBookClub
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Just started reading this for our upcoming podcast interview with the author!

MrBook Awesome cover and the dog 😻! Welcome to the #LitsyFamily! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 You‘ll like it here. 👍🏻👍🏻 (edited) 3mo
britt_brooke Awww, we used to have a brindle greyhound. She was such a special dog. 💚🐾 3mo
FeministBookClub @britt_brooke Good eye 🐶 Rudy is just off the track as of the fall and learning how to be a lazy pet for the first time! 3mo
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FeministBookClub @MrBook Thanks! I‘m excited to see what it‘s all about! 3mo
britt_brooke @FeministBookClub Looks like Rudy is lazing well! Our Gracie was the biggest couch potato (and counter surfer 😬). She retired at age 5 and we had her for 6 years. This picture sent a jolt through me. Good memories. 💕 3mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 3mo
Megabooks Welcome!! 👋🏻😁📚 Looking forward to your posts. #feminist 3mo
wordzie Hi! Welcome to Litsy💃📚 3mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 3mo
CarolynM Welcome to Litsy 🌼 3mo
erank58 Welcome!!! 3mo
Chrissyreadit Welcome! 3mo
LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! 3mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 3mo
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 3mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 3mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 3mo
JennyM 👋- welcome 😊 3mo
Weaponxgirl Welcome to Litsy 3mo
Libby1 Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen I think I‘m about to start this book today!!! I‘ll be curious to hear your thoughts ‼️ 3mo
FeministBookClub @Cinfhen 100 pages in and I‘m hooked! It‘s beautiful. 3mo
TrishB Hi 🙋‍♀️ just got this last week too. 3mo
FeministBookClub @TrishB It‘s fantastic so far!! 3mo
tpixie Welcome 🥳📚🥳 3mo
rather_be_reading @FeministBookClub you will love it!! ❤ 3mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 3mo
Kaylamburson Welcome to Litsy!! I hope you love it here!! Side note: I'm not sure your current source for buying the books for your boxes, but if you ever need one from Workman Publishing (I saw that you've previously supported Here We Are!), I'm the subscription box sales rep at Workman and I'm happy to help you with bulk discounts! 2mo
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I learn so much as I google search for images to go w/ the books I am reading. This book is about a Palestinian family who live in NY‘s Bushwick neighborhood. I looked for images of Palestinian family life in NYC but all were protests. Without a doubt, the Palestinian people have reasons to protest, but are there really so few images of Palestinian women smiling & enjoying their lives? Or is there a bias that Arab women are angry/dangerous?

TrishB Just brought this last week 👍🏻 3mo
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irre
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Pickpick

Loved it!

whatshesreadingnow YAY!! Me too, happy you enjoyed it! 💗 3mo
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whatshesreadingnow
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5 ☆ My TOP PICK of 2019. This novel has affected me in a way that I will not forget. Even though it‘s fictional, the situations, cultural climate, systematic oppression, fear, and extreme sense of hopelessness + isolation experienced by the characters are very real for many women. My emotions were set on fire, and although heavy on the heart it‘s crammed with hope + strength. My wish is this story gives courage to those that need it. 🙏🏻

CouronneDhiver Wow! It‘s early in the year still so that‘s a big recommendation 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 3mo
batsy Great review. I'm even more interested to read this now! 3mo
TheNerdyProfessor I just finished this one today and LOVED it. Even when I wasn't reading it, this book stayed on my mind all day. 3mo
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irre I‘m reading it right now and really liking it. I haven‘t had time to read a big chunk yet but hoping that I‘ll have time this weekend. 3mo
whatshesreadingnow @CouronneDhiver haha I know it!!! 😁 3mo
whatshesreadingnow @batsy It‘s excellent!! Looking forward to seeing what you think! 💗 3mo
whatshesreadingnow @TheNerdyProfessor I love when that happens! 😍 3mo
whatshesreadingnow @irre 💗💗💗 3mo
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TheNerdyProfessor
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I celebrated International Women's Day by finishing this novel by Etaf Rum. This book brought to light the many struggles that women experience in the Palestinian culture and confronted the violence that is often waged against women. The subject matter is gut wrenching but so important. I really appreciated the author's use of Arabic words throughout the novel. I'm glad Etaf Rum was brave enough to tell this story.

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“Where I come from, we keep these stories to ourselves. To tell them to the outside world is unheard of, dangerous, the ultimate shame.”

“You had to finish a story to know all the answers, and life was no different. Nothing was ever handed to you from the start.”
- Etaf Rum, A Woman Is No Man

#InternationalWomensDay #femaleempowerment
#LiteraryLuck @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

JaclynW Perfect poem for today! 3mo
wordzie ❤❤ 3mo
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