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In the Dream House
In the Dream House: A Memoir | Carmen Maria Machado
A revolutionary memoir about domestic abuse by the award-winning author of Her Body and Other Parties. In the Dream House is Carmen Maria Machado's engrossing and wildly innovative account of a relationship gone bad, and a bold dissection of the mechanisms and cultural represetations of psychological abuse. Tracing the full arc of a harrowing relationship with a charismatic but volatile woman, Machado struggles to make sense of how what happened to her shaped the person she was becoming. And it's that struggle that gives the book its original structure: each chapter is driven by its own narrative trope--haunted houses, erotica, bildungsroman--in which Machado holds the events up to the light and examines them from different angles. She looks back at her religious adolescence, unpacks the stereotype of lesbian relationships as safe and utopian, and widens the view with essayistic explorations about the history and reality of abuse in queer relationships. Machado's dire narrative is leavened with her characteristic wit, playfulness, and openness to inquiry. She casts a critical eye over legal proceedings, Star Trek and Disney villains, fairy tales, as well as iconic works of film and fiction. The result is a wrenching, riveting book that explodes our ideas about what a memoir can do and be.
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merelybookish
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I recommend memoirs most often, and these are my go-tos:
In the Dreamhouse
Priestdaddy
Heavy
I recommend fiction less but a few novels I have suggested:
Normal People
Fleischman is in Trouble
American Wife
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Brown Girl Dreaming
Thanks for the tag @TheLudicReader 🙂
#sundaysoapbox @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Nebklvr Brown Girl Dreaming🥰 7d
merelybookish @Nebklvr Such a beautiful book! 6d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for playing 📚🙌🏻 6d
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sprainedbrain
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An excellent memoir about an abusive relationship… as expected, it‘s dark and upsetting, but it‘s also very hopeful and Machado‘s wonderful writing, together with the inventive way she tells her story, made it a great read.

I thought it was brilliant on audio, read by the author, but I did have to speed it up… her delivery was really slow at regular speed.

My second winner from @Amandajoy and her fab #NewYearWhoDis list.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nikki_E I almost picked this as one of my top 12. 2w
Liz_M Wait, audio? How did she handle my favorite chapter Dream House as Choose Your Own Adventure!? 2w
monalyisha I need to read this soon. This match is going swimmingly! 🏊‍♀️ 2w
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Bibliophibifemme
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I don't know what to say about this book other than it came at the right time for me and I think I will re-visit it again and again and again.

BarbaraBB Wonderful review of a great book! 1mo
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Bibliophibifemme
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When you know by page 15 that a book will break you.

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Auntynanny
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This book was very disturbing much of the time, but it was so good! It is a chilling story of domestic violence.

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Lauren890
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I listened to this on audio. It took a little time to get used the the author‘s cadence (I sped it up a little) but once I did I hardly thought about it. Her use of second person was really effective. Partner abuse is a tough subject and I think this is an important read. I really want to read her short story collection!

SamAnne So good! 3mo
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Bookdragon217
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"Sometimes your tongue is removed, sometimes you still it of your own accord. Sometimes you live, sometimes you die. Sometimes you have a name, sometimes you are named for what-not who-you are. The story looks a little different, depending on who is telling it.....But the truth is, anyone who knows your name can break you in two."

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JenReadsAlot
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Difficult yet really well done memoir. @TheAromaofBooks #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 7mo
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vlwelser
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I kind of loved this. The subject is obviously very serious, partner abuse within same sex female relationships, but the author is so honest. And the writing is beautiful.

JenReadsAlot I'll be finishing this book today and agree with you! 7mo
SamAnne I thought this memoir was phenomenal. I can‘t wait to see what she writes next. 7mo
vlwelser @JenReadsAlot and @SamAnne have either of you read her other book? I assume it's just as awesome. 7mo
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JenReadsAlot I have not. 7mo
SamAnne @vlwelser I have read her short story collection. Like most collections it is a mixed bag. A couple are great and some are so-so. I felt like with In the Dreamhouse she really came into her own. 7mo
vlwelser @SamAnne I'm torn between adding it or just waiting for her next thing. You may have tipped me toward waiting. 7mo
SamAnne @vlwelser maybe you can get it from the library and just read the stories you want…. 7mo
vlwelser @SamAnne I almost always get things from the library. I'd be a poor person otherwise. 😂 7mo
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paisleyjess
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TW abuse
While heavy in subject matter, this book has levity in its deconstructed approach to story telling. The author plays with how the events would be told in various genres and settings.

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Spons100
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Immersive read without tons of description. I enjoyed the “each chapter is a new thing” set up a lot. Important topic, and I appreciate how producing art like this would be cathartic for someone who experienced a relationship like that.

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JackieGreco
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This was an eye opening book. I had never thought about abuse in same sex relationships and I think this was important for me to think about. I also really liked the writing style of Machado. It was poetic and clear.

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BarbaraBB
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The Dream House is all but a dream house. It is used as a metaphor to describe the toxic relationship between Carmen Maria Machado and an ex-girlfriend. The Dream House is a construction that enables the author to tell her story. It‘s such an inventive form of storytelling, I was deeply impressed, both by form and the painful content. Machado maken perfectly clear how hard is it to escape from an abusive relationship.

TrishB I love your footie background 😁 7mo
Liz_M Yes! 7mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB My daughter made a “man cave” for Euro 2020 😂 ⚽️ (edited) 7mo
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AceOnRoam Loved this book ❤ 7mo
sarahbarnes Yes, great review! I loved this book. ❤️ 7mo
TrishB Perfect 😁 Netherlands missing VVD like we did! 7mo
SamAnne So good and one I plan to reread. 7mo
BarbaraBB @TrishB We certainly do! 7mo
Megabooks Fantastic review!! 7mo
BarbaraBB @Megabooks Thank You 😊 7mo
Reggie Did you go watch Voices Carry on YouTube while reading this? 7mo
BarbaraBB No! But I did listen to it. I will watch it right now! @Reggie (edited) 7mo
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BarbaraBB
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#WeeklyForecast 24/21

This should do the job! An easy graphic novel for #Booked2021 and #ReadingAsia2021, the Arabian travel book, this month‘s #NYRBBookClub choice and the tagged one by a favorite author! 🤞🏽

Cinfhen It does look like a PROMISING reading week 💓💓💓💓I‘ve read 3/4 and I‘m pretty sure you‘re gonna like all 3 🤞🏼🤞🏼 7mo
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Kenyazero
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Bailedbailed

I'm only 40 minutes into the audio book, but I'm not enjoying it at all so far. I'm not following along on the random tangents the narration seems to be going down. It probably doesn't help that the author sounds like she's bored at a poetry open mic night as she reads this book... 😅

SamAnne Hmmm....this is a book that I can‘t imagine working on audio. There is no way I could have followed it.I loved the print version. 7mo
KatieDid927 @SamAnne Agreed. 7mo
Kenyazero @SamAnne @KatieDid927 good to know! I'll consider giving this one another shot in a physical format. 7mo
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Roary47
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3✨ The writing in this memoir is excellent. I learned a lot of new words and the poetic style she used was keeping me going. There is emotional abuse in this that was hard to read. It was also backed by other articles, fairytales, and interesting analogies. Read for #LMPBC #GroupV

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Rachiiebookdragon
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This is a fantastic audiobook by the author herself, hopefully I have got the pronouns right, did have a google 😊 What an insightful and interesting read. Read for #WhateverYouWantathon and for #ReadHarderChallenge2021 😊 4/5

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Karkar
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Wow. That was one powerful gut punch of a book. This was a really interesting way to do a memoir. Several trigger warnings that can be gleaned from the description.

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keithlafo
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“Abusers do not need to be, and rarely are, cackling maniacs. They just need to want something and not care how they get it.”

What an emotional and unforgettable read. #memoir

Andrea4 💯 8mo
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keithlafo
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#Saturday morning.

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keithlafo
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The writing in this book is beautiful, even if the subject matter is grave.

Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 8mo
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Bookwormjillk
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I‘ve never read a book like this and am grateful to my #LMPBC group for introducing me to this author. She tells a story about domestic abuse in a way that it completely unique. I‘ll admit I skipped some sleep last night because once I started I had to keep reading until I knew what happened.

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rjsthumbelina
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Updating my #nonfiction2021 bingo board. Honestly, doing better than I expected!

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rjsthumbelina
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This book was odd and wonderful. The sections are short, which always keeps me engaged. Each section is titled after a trope, some of which I had to look up. Parts of this book felt like work to understand, which is much different from what I expect from a memoir about an abusive relationship between 2 women. But not different in a bad way. Unique and memorable.
Read for #LMPBC #groupv #memoirs

rjsthumbelina @Bookwormjillk this should get to you via UPS by Wednesday @Roary47 @ImperfectCJ @suvata 8mo
Bookwormjillk Sounds good! 8mo
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SkeletonKey
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Late night reading because I cannot sleep.

ShyBookOwl Story of my life lol! 9mo
SkeletonKey @ShyBookOwl - Damn insomnia! 9mo
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Abailliekaras
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Incredible. I loved reading this queer memoir of domestic abuse (as strange as that is to say). Machado is erudite, intelligent & honest about her experience & writes with humour. I loved the structure, different ways into the problem but still a chronological narrative. A forensic look at abuse in lesbian relationships & the barriers to discussing it. A perfectly judged mix of her story - with precise vignettes - & historic /literary references.

SamAnne So good. 9mo
Megabooks Great review! 9mo
Reggie I love the book so much which is why it made me angry that it‘s being challenged in some Texas school district as in appropriate. Whatever. But it‘s so brilliant. 9mo
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Abailliekaras @Megabooks thank you ☺️ 9mo
Abailliekaras @Reggie I didn‘t know that. It would be so good for high school students to read - and so much to discuss in class. 🙏🏼 9mo
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Sydneypaige
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A book that demands you to be present, to witness, to feel.

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Liz_M
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This really worked for me, even more than her short stories. A series of vignettes, each titled “The Dream House as….” Each one is a different take on an aspect of an abusive relationship. A specific moment, a memory, a mood. Throughout there is a reflection on how her story is both singular and universal. While a couple of chapters were too academic, many of the rest displayed a wry humor that I loved and Choose Your Own Adventure was brilliant.

Liz_M Apropos of nothing, pictured is one of my favorite houses on Summit Avenue in St. Paul.

4.5⭐ @TheAromaofBooks this is my March #DoubleSpin.
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TheAromaofBooks Great review!! 9mo
Tamra So many great houses in TC - I feel so badly for the ones in disrepair, so much character! But, I also lived in one for 16 years and they require effort and money. Lots of “fresh” air circulated in it.😉 9mo
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Leftcoastzen Wow, love that house! 9mo
BarbaraBB Fab review. I am now even more looking forward to it! 9mo
Liz_M @Tamra Yep! My mom lives a few blocks north of Summit Ave and has a second mortgage to pay for repairs and upkeep on her 1920s craftsman house 😉 9mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it! 9mo
Liz_M @Leftcoastzen All of Summit Ave has some spectacular houses. A beautiful street! (edited) 9mo
Suet624 Lovely house! 9mo
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Liz_M
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Did I need to map out all the options on the "Choose your own adventure" part of this book? Why yes, yes I did.

BarbaraBB I love this. And still need to read it 10mo
Liz_M @BarbaraBB I think I liked it more than her short story collection, because I apparently really enjoy creative nonfiction. I also liked "Why be happy when you could be normal" more than "Oranges are not the only fruit". 10mo
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dearb00kshelves
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Apart from Alison Bechdel‘s graphic novel memoir, Fun Home, this is the best and most unique memoir I‘ve ever read. While the subject matter is difficult to read about, I found myself wanting to know how the story would be told in the next chapter. Very close to the beginning of the book, Machado discusses archives and who decides what gets remembered and how it is remembered. This discussion is then tied to abuse in queer relationships... cont IG

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paulareadsallthetime
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Panpan

⭐️⭐️ I just could not get into this book. I gave it 2 stars because I did like a couple of things that she said. But, overall it was a dud for me. It is the story of a woman who is abused by her female lover. I just did not enjoy the way it was written.

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ImperfectCJ
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This is a "pick" for me as a memoir and "so-so" as a book overall. It's creative in that self-conscious, Iowa Writers' Workshop way. As the author herself notes, it is not a unique story, and I wonder why she still feels compelled to tell it seven years after the fact. Not a criticism, just a curiosity. Personally, I stopped telling my story after about a year, although I still think about it often; 25 years and it still doesn't make sense.

ImperfectCJ This is my first #lmpbc round. Do I just mail the book to the person who's on the list after me, which is you, @rjsthumbelina ? 10mo
Roary47 Wow, I‘m intrigued. Yes, you would pass it to the next person. I normally like to include a little note and the first time I have stuff to share with the group, but that‘s completely optional. I‘ve done postcards, Mexican candy, and bookmarks. 10mo
Roary47 Side note it made it to me unmelted. Thank you for the goodies. 💛 10mo
ImperfectCJ @Roary47 Excellent! I meant to post when I sent the packages out, but as you might have noticed, that didn't happen. Glad it got there okay even without the advance notice. :-) 10mo
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Cinfhen
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Written in raw vulnerability/ beautiful prose but heartbreaking content. A subject not often discussed; same sex domestic violence. Her lack of self worth was brutal. #pop21 #ShareZodiacSignWithAuthor #NonFictionChallenge21 #LatinxAuthor

TrishB Sounds very sad 💔 11mo
Cathythoughts It does sound very sad @TrishB 11mo
Megabooks Definitely a moving book. It was my second of this year. I‘m glad I gave Carmen a second shot. 11mo
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Cinfhen Me too @Megabooks I couldn‘t get through her short story collection 11mo
Cinfhen It was MUCH deeper than sad @TrishB @Cathythoughts she took SO MUCH EMOTIONAL ABUSE for fear of losing “love” 11mo
Kalalalatja I have already stacked this, it sounds very moving 💔 11mo
BarbaraBB This one is on my list to read soon too. 11mo
Cinfhen I think you‘ll both appreciate the writing @Kalalalatja @BarbaraBB It‘s very raw 11mo
KarenUK On my #tbr too. Sounds heartbreaking. 11mo
Megabooks Same re: short stories. It‘s rare that I don‘t like a short story collection, but I just had a really negative reaction 11mo
4thhouseontheleft Sounds like a difficult read. But your Hamentashen looks delicious! Happy Purim! 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @4thhouseontheleft Happy Purim to you too 👑 11mo
Cinfhen This one is TOTALLY your jam @KarenUK 11mo
Cinfhen Same @Megabooks about a negative reaction to 11mo
emz711 Ooo what flavor hamantashen? 11mo
Cinfhen Ha, @emz711 I used raspberry jam with Nutella 😜 11mo
emz711 @Cinfhen yum! 11mo
Reggie Did you go watch the Voices Carry video yet? I loved her chapter on the queer villain. 11mo
Cinfhen It‘s one of those iconic videos that you NEVER forget @Reggie but it definitely took on a whole new meaning!!! And yes... I went back to watch it 😁 11mo
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Cinfhen
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The mom in me is finally kicking in!!!! I need to wrap this young woman in my arms and shake her/ she DESERVES so MUCH more. No one should ever accept any abuse from a partner. 😢😢😢#Pop21 #AuthorSharesYourZodiacSign #NonFictionChallenge21 #LatinxAuthor

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Been there, got the T-shirt, and won‘t be there again!! 11mo
Amandajoy This was heartbreaking but her writing is beautiful. I listened to it and the audio is well done. 11mo
Cinfhen Love and hugs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks xxxxxxxx 11mo
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Cinfhen It‘s so hard to understand why she stayed for so long @Amandajoy very heartbreaking 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen ❤️🤗❤️🤗 11mo
Moray_Reads Such a brilliant and heart-breaking book. 11mo
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Cinfhen
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#AudioBaking This book has stellar reviews but I‘m not connecting the way I thought I would....Truthfully, I have been distracted by my hamantashen ( a Jewish pastry baked once a year for the holiday of Purim) My batch turned out pretty good this year 🎉🤡✡️❣️

TrishB They look lovely! What‘s the filling? 11mo
Simona 🤤😋 11mo
britt_brooke Yum! 11mo
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Cinfhen I used raspberry jam and Nutella @TrishB @Simona @britt_brooke my SIL uses prune butter and they are DELICIOUS 😋 and my mom uses cherry pie filling and they are also really YUMMY 😋 it‘s all about the dough, though!!! I only bake them once a year because they‘re a bit of a process 🙄 11mo
emilyhaldi Omg I looooove hamantaschen!! My fav is apricot filling 😋 I wonder if I can muster up the motivation to make them today or tomorrow.... 11mo
Cinfhen Oh, my grandmother used to make apricot @emilyhaldi SOOOOO GOOD!!!! Make them!!!! And then teleport me a batch xxxx Happy Purim 👑 11mo
BennettBookworm Yay Happy Purim! 11mo
TrishB They sound lovely ❤️ 11mo
Cinfhen Thanks @BennettBookworm 🥳🥳🥳 do you celebrate too??? 11mo
AmyG Yum. A friend sent some to us. I need to make these next year! Looks delicious. Happy Purim.👑 (edited) 11mo
Eggs 😋😋 11mo
Simona With the Nutella - for me?😘 11mo
Simona I‘m definitely going to make them this weekend. Is that decent recipe? https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/27201/easy-hamantaschen/ 11mo
Cathythoughts Yum 😋 11mo
Kdgordon88 They look delicious! 11mo
Cinfhen That recipe is the traditional one & it‘s pretty good, tasty but I find the dough is fickle to work with @Simona I like Jamie Geller‘s Olive oil Hamanteshan recipe www.JamieGeller.com she has a bunch of different options (edited) 11mo
Cinfhen They are pretty addicting @Cathythoughts @Kdgordon88 that‘s why the tray is half empty 🙄😁💕 11mo
LeahBergen Yum! 11mo
BennettBookworm I do indeed celebrate!!! I‘m so excited to bake my hamentaschen after work tonight!! ❤️🎉 11mo
Kalalalatja Looks delicious! 😍 11mo
Megabooks Yum!! 11mo
CarolynM Happy Purim. Those pastries look delicious😋 11mo
Cinfhen Happy Purim @BennettBookworm what flavor hamantaschen did you bake?? 11mo
BennettBookworm Strawberry!! Yummm! 11mo
Cinfhen Yummmmm!! Strawberry 🍓 the possibilities are endless!!!! @BennettBookworm (edited) 11mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Thank you Amy! You are an amazing, thoughtful friend 💕#happilyeverafterswap

AmyG Thank you for organizing these wonderful swaps. You‘re the best! Enjoy this book. I loved it. Happy Valentines Day, my friend. 😘❤️ 11mo
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TheKidUpstairs
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Okay! Here's my thoughts for the next round of #LMPBC - what do you ladies think? Any you've read? Any stand out?

@BookishTrish @Read-y_Picker @DinoMom

Read-y_Picker I'm just gonna tag some of them for reference, k? 11mo
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TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker yes! Sorry, should have done that! 11mo
Read-y_Picker And this is one I was gonna suggest from my shelves: 11mo
TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker great minds think alike 😁 11mo
Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs obviously now we have to read it... I'll post mine in a little bit. Still reading up on yours :) 11mo
Read-y_Picker @thekidupstairs so Aside from Penelopiad, there's so much to choose from here! In the Dream house sounds terrifying and I'm also drawn to Terra Nullius which, in addition to having a great premise, takes place in Australia, which would cross off one of my #Booked2021 themes. I might have to read it regardless of how this goes lol. 11mo
TheKidUpstairs @Read-y_Picker terrifying bad? Or are you okay with terrifying? 11mo
Read-y_Picker @TheKidUpstairs Haha terrifying good! Unless it makes me not want to watch Disney movies ever again, that is! 11mo
DinoMom @TheKidUpstairs these are all great choices. I am okay with any of these. I will post some choices soon 11mo
BookishTrish I‘ve read The Penelopiad... I am very excited about some of the other options particularly the Machado and Terra Nullius. 11mo
TheKidUpstairs @BookishTrish @DinoMom @Read-y_Picker okay, it'll probably be either In the Dream House or Terra Nullius. I'll probably stay reading both and go with whichever one grabs me! Exciting for this round with you ladies! 11mo
BookishTrish Sounds good! Keep us posted 😂 11mo
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rachelsbrittain
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An incredible memoir using the metaphor of a "dream house" for an abusive relationship. The first literature I've ever read exploring domestic abuse in queer relationships, which is so important since women in relationships with other women are rarely viewed as potential victims. Added to that, the fear of tarnishing an already marginalized group. All that, recounted in the hands of a masterful writer. Couldn't turn the audiobook off.

rachelsbrittain Now I *really* have to read 11mo
ephemeralwaltz Omgomgomg!!! You do need to read Her Body. Fantastic in all the best ways. I‘m writing my master‘s thesis on her books! I am in deep🤓🤓🤓 11mo
mariaku21 Yes!! I already had placed a hold for this at my library so I'm really excited now! 11mo
sarahljensen I love this book so very much ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
rachelsbrittain @mariaku21 it's really really good 11mo
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rachelsbrittain
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Not enjoying packing, but this audiobook (narrated by the author) is helping the time go by

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm I‘ve told my husband we‘re only moving one more time, ever. 😅 I HATE packing! 11mo
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CarolynM
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A lovely surprise in the post box today - unexpected #bookmail 👏😍👏 I've been wanting to read this. Was it from you, @Reggie ?

Reggie I am absolutely shocked book depository beat my flimsy card in the mail I sent the same day the book was ordered. I hope you like it Carolyn! ( I should get a grip, though, our Postal Service is going through some stuff right now) 11mo
CarolynM @Reggie Thank you so much, it's really kind of you. Our mail is very unpredictable at the moment. I'm sure your card will turn up soon. I'll look forward to it🙂 11mo
Cathythoughts Lovely surprise 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
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Crazeedi So special 💗 11mo
Tanisha_A @Reggie is awesome! ❤️ 11mo
Rissreads @Reggie strikes again! 👏🏻❤️ 11mo
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Andrea4
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Absolutely stunning, in all senses of that word.
I would recommend everyone and anyone to read this because if you don't "get it" maybe you will have a little understanding afterwards- about domestic violence, about women, about the queer community. And if you do "get it" then it will hit home in so many ways and it may bring things long forgotten to the surface but it will also tell you it understands, it believes you.

AmyG Yes 12mo
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You only speak the language of giving yourself up.

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Andrea4
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Maybe next Halloween will be better.

Oof that one hits quite close to home. I remember coming home with a drunk one Halloween, after his accusations were whispered in my ear all night, his anger like a palpable lazer cutting through me, pushing me into the cold without my jacket, then a drunken "I love you" and yet more anger, yelling, throwing when I had hesitated just a second to long to say it back.

FantasyChick I get this. So much. The author did a fantastic job on this book and it really does hit home. 😘😘 12mo
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Andrea4
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Dream house as Idiom.
An examination of the idioms we use that contain house and how many of them contradict the notion that a house (a home) is a safe and secure place.
A house of cards.
If I could quote the entire book I would.

AmyG This was sucha good read. Parts hit home a bit. 12mo
Andrea4 @AmyG yes, yes they do. 12mo
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You would gladly drown that way, giving permission.

Dream House as Lesbian Cult Classic.

FantasyChick Oooh yes!! Love this book 12mo
Andrea4 @FantasyChick just made another post about it. I may need to buy this one! 12mo
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Jari-chan
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This is a book I hope will get a lot of readers. It's so important to write about abuse. I also hope that Machado was able to help a lot of people by talking about her experiances. It's no easy read - stuff like this never is. And it shouldn't be. It should hurt to read about people being hurt so much by someone they love.

@TheAromaOfBooks #BookSpinBingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 12mo
Jari-chan @TheAromaofBooks Thank you 😊 12mo
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This is a memoir of Machado‘s relationship with a devastatingly cruel woman and the history of domestic abuse. The writing is just stunning. Machado is a masterful storyteller and is incredibly inventive in the ways she illustrates her experience for the reader and draws connections to larger truths. It is an especially important memoir for the LGBT community as there are so few stories like this out there. One of the best memoirs I‘ve ever read.

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leahrosereads
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This is a memoir showing domestic abuse in a queer relationship. The author describes her trauma in poetic prose that is so freaking haunting. Every aspect of her story resonated so deeply with me, and there's a reminder here that being queer doesn't make you good or bad. It just makes you queer, and you're able to fall for the same mistakes that anyone else could - include falling in love with a monster and staying in an abusive relationship.

AmyG I flew through this book. Sadly, parts were familiar and one doesn‘t need to be queer to recognize this. It was so good. 12mo
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