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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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In an Oprah Winfrey interview I heard Elizabeth Gilbert describe her desire to write of a fictional 40s ‘fast‘ girl who loved life in NYC. She described her effort to keep her in a 40s mindset while current day #MeToo was happening as her story unfolded. I knew then I would love this story, and I did! ...Also if you love TJR‘s Evelyn Hugo, I would highly recommend this book for you!

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This isn't out until August so I kind of jumped the gun but I needed a quick romance read in my life! And a new series from Alisha Rai, no less. Like all Rai's works this has diverse characters that show how romance can still deal with consent and trauma and still be steamy. It asks if there is space for a second chance in a swipe left culture, and also tackles #metoo plus CTE in professional football players. Very enjoyable!⤵️

ReadingEnvy And for the fans, these are tangentially connected to the characters in the Forbidden Hearts series. #romantsy
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Bad Feminist | Roxane Gay
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I wanted to love it, but it kind of fell flat for me. I think I may have liked it better before #metoo. Roxanne Gay references Cosby, Michael Jackson, and Louis C. K. throughout the book and I found that jarring until I remembered this book predated the movement. I enjoyed her essays on race the most, but was bored by some of the pop culture analysis.

Milkman | Anna Burns

Stayed up all night (jet lag, brain trying to process German, etc.) reading this utterly harrowing account of growing up Catholic in Belfast during The Troubles with a mother obsessed with marriage and two different, entitled stalkers, one of whom is big in the IRA. There‘s so much here about everything from first partner to the dangers of being thought odd to losing friends and entire families to The Troubles to weird female solidarity against ⬇️

suzisteffen men in women‘s bathrooms to what weird “ordinary murder” does to a community that is filled with political murders ... there‘s so much here. The sunset, cooking being for women, the sky being only one color (the Catholic color if you‘re on that side), etc. So much. I long to discuss this with my fierce brilliant friend who told me to read it, but she was, as I said, killed in a resurgence of the Troubles in Derry two months ago. So ⬇️ 1w
suzisteffen for everyone colonized and harmed in all ways by colonizers, from the English to random IRA men thinking they own women to the Catholic Church to people who can‘t stand another person‘s intelligence, this book is more than a “#MeToo book for The Troubles” as it‘s been called. It‘s for us all to see our colonized thoughts & the ways we might not SEE other people, & get free in whatever ways we can. 1w
suzisteffen & to colonized Irish and Welsh & Scots people coming to the US & becoming the colonizers of everything about Native life & land ... anyway, there‘s a lot here. I know the style will be hard on many people, but I enjoy stream of consciousness, and I think this book replicates the constant double or triple consciousness that comes with being a target, and so I appreciated it while loathing the mother and the men (not maybe-boyfriend). 1w
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suzisteffen I do think it‘s a bit homophobic despite the author trying to make it not so, and that‘s an issue, & god do I want to talk to Lyra about that. 😧💔❤️ 1w
TrishB Thought provoking review, so sorry to hear about your friend. 1w
Crazeedi @suzisteffen you honor your friend, so very sorry to hear of your loss. I dont understand the hatred but then again maybe i do. We live in a fallen world. Sending a big hug to you 😘 1w
cariashley This is high on my to read list. I‘m so sorry about your friend, how awful. ❤️ 1w
BarbaraBB So sorry to hear about Lyra. This must have been a hard read for you and even harder that you can‘t discuss it with her. 💔 1w
suzisteffen @TrishB @Crazeedi @cariashley Thanks. She was extraordinary; she got mourned by many in the world. So now I hope some others from Belfast or NI in general have more to say about this book, which truly was an intense experience. I wonder how the translations are (I‘m in Germany with friends thinking about how these passages on Names would be translated). 1w
suzisteffen @BarbaraBB ^^ thanks. I think that + jet lag is why I stayed up all night. 1w
marleed Such beautiful words. I can feel your love for Lyra. This book is on my TBR but ill move it way above my stack now. 1w
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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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I wish there had been a trigger warning. So, see mine in the spoiler comment below. I'm bailing at 42% (over 7 hours in!!!). I only gave it this much time because Weiner is one of my faves (at least In Her Shoes is). In addition to being traumatized, I was pretty seriously bored before this point—it's a bit tedious.

JoyBlue Sexual assault/abuse throughout the portion I read—many events, by several people. (edited) 1w
ohyeahthatgirl I felt the same way about The Wangs Vs. The World by Jade Chang. I haven't seen/heard anyone else talk about it, so maybe it's just the way I read it but that's a yikes from me. 1w
Cinfhen I read this about a month ago. I already forgot most but in case u care, Bethie ends up living on a commune, falls in love and marries an African American man, becomes a millionairess ( she grows and produces some sort of jam(?) ) her sister ( already forgot her name) finds out her husband is cheating on her with one of her neighbors, they divorce, she reconnects with her college girlfriend, they become a couple. One of her daughters sort of 👇🏼 1w
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Cinfhen Sort of follows the footsteps of Bethie and becomes a free spirit. Her older sister gets her an internship at a magazine, where the boss makes a move on her, she tells her sister who doesn‘t believe her ( a nod to the #MeToo movement) the sisters stop talking and then Bethies sister finds out she has breast cancer, which she ultimately dies from. And then somebody adopts a baby but I can‘t remember the specifics of that one. I forgot already. 1w
Cinfhen You totally didn‘t miss anything. This book was so OVER WRITTEN. I thought it was a mess. 1w
JoyBlue @ohyeahthatgirl Thanks for the warning! 1w
JoyBlue @Cinfhen Wow—thanks for the summary. I *really* feel comfortable with my bail decision now! 1w
Cinfhen Ha!!! 1w
Readerofgreatbooks It is SO hard to finish!!!!! I love her as an author, but this is a rough read 😞 4d
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A combination of prose and poetry, an amazing memoir. Best book I‘ve read this year. I live on the Spokane Tribe‘s ancestral lands and work to restore salmon so it particularly hit home. I hope that there is some path towards appropriate reconciliation in the wake of the #metoo allegations and Alexie publishes again.

Christine Thanks for your thoughts on this one. I love reading about native communities, and this was highest on my TBR for years...until the scandal hit and I didn‘t know if I should/could read it. (Also, love your chicken!! We have 5 backyard hens that we love so much.) 2w
SamAnne @Christine I admit I bought it right before the allegations went public and then set it aside. Glad I decided to read it finally. And it puts an interesting lens on his step out of the spotlight. And glad you like Goldie! Hoping she is a pullet and not a cockeral! 2w
Christine OMG, yes, 🤞 re: pullet! We had six chicks this time around and had to get rid of one when he started doing some awkward juvenile crowing! 😂😭 Thankfully the feed store where we got them keeps a lot of adult birds and was happy to take him back (as they should have been - he was gorgeous! But forbidden in San Diego city limits). 2w
SamAnne @Christine I‘ve been taking my book or computer out to the coop to socialize them. Such a relaxing place to read as long as i don‘t get crapped on LOL. Based on the hackle feathers I think I have at least one roo. Just hoping my cutie-patootie polish cresteds are hens. Roos are also banned in Spokane but you only get busted if a neighbor complains. Hoping I have a lazy rise late crow late rooster LOL 2w
Christine Such a good idea to take a book out to the chickens (despite the ever-present poop risk! 😂)! I should do that. Jealous re: Polish crested! Have you raised those before? And yes, may any rooster you have be a quiet one! (Ours was being super obnoxious before 6 a.m., plus we live on a canyon, so I can only imagine how it was echoing! 😆) 2w
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The Answers: A Novel | Catherine Lacey
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"Maybe it was just my life, my strange and always stranger life, taking all the life out of me."

Loved the beginning of this book. It's was intense, but interesting enough to keep me going. Things started to get weird around the 60% mark and I didn't really care for the ending. Has anyone read this? If so, did you enjoy it?

Reggie I read this book in the midst of the #metoo movement busting out and it just made me angry. The guy who was the focus of the film was so exploitative and manipulative. I think most of the males in this book could be described that way. 3w
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After I finished Sonali Dev's Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors, I still felt as if I was in the world she'd built. She took the most essential parts of Pride and Prejudice and transformed them, building a modern world in the midst of an Indian family living in America. Dr. Trisha Raje, the protagonist, has been (sort of) disowned by her family after a mysterious mistake that threatens her brother's political career. (continued in comments)

Unabridged When she meets DJ Caine (DJ stands for Darcy James. Ha!), their relationship seems to be built on immediate repulsion. But of COURSE (because it's a Jane Austen re-telling), that initial conflict is hiding something more. Dev uses the class conflict that lies at the heart of Pride and Prejudice and embraces the horribly awkward misunderstandings that characterize the protagonists' relationship. ⬇️ 3w
Unabridged Over the course of the novel, she addresses the pros and cons of assimilation, the medical field, the art of cooking, the #metoo movement, racism, and police brutality . . . and so much more. And all of that is wrapped up in a subtle, complex, yearning romance that is just gorgeous. I'll definitely be reading more of Sonali Dev's catalog. 3w
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“Before printing, the Reformation would just have been a schism; printing made it a revolution.” Luther came later than our friend Frollo, so perhaps he was more of a sorcerer/alchemist than he wanted people to know. 😆 All joking aside, what do you make of Hugo‘s assertion? Any modern parallels you can think of? The Arab Spring and social media, for instance? #hugonuts

GingerAntics Donald Trump and social media springs instantly to mind. That never would have been a serious thing, it never would have taken off (he never got that much attention for anything) before social media. 4w
tournevis Hugo's take on the Reformation echoes many historians of his time and is not exactly wrong. Of course, the Reformation was a confluence, made of many thinkers and many movements, Luther being only one of them and thebest known because the most denounced by the Roman Catholic Church. The use of the printing press by Luther and his movement allowed for greater dissemination of his ideas than Zwingli's or Calvin's, for example. 4w
Lcsmcat @tournevis True, and Calvin and Zwingli prepared the way. Luther‘s ideas weren‘t as shocking because people had heard similar ideas before. The printing press loosened the control of the powerful (in this case the Church) in the same way the internet loosens the control of governments or corporations today. 4w
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tournevis @Lcsmcat I wouldn't say 'the same way' exactly, but there are parallels. I have to add that printing was important for the Reformation but it's not what made the populace convert. The corruption in the RCC made a lot a people rather willing to give it a try. 4w
Graywacke @tournevis @Lcsmcat @GingerAntics Hugo makes sense to me here, although these above comments have me wondering and trying not to oversimplify. I think technology always changes the message. Social media revolutions - hmm, all I think of is the poison of misinformation. Maybe I‘m in a bad mood. Seems like the informed revolution hasn‘t happened yet. Even if the Reformation needed the printing press, it was just another manipulate the info game. 4w
GingerAntics @Graywacke that sounds about right. Is there a revolution that isn‘t just a new manipulation of information? They say history is written by the winners. That sounds to me like nothing but manipulation of facts. 🤷🏼‍♀️ I would love to see an informed revolution where we can stop acting like some made up “other” is the enemy and somehow by not being “other” we‘re all clearly right. 🤷🏼‍♀️ That‘s probably just wishful thinking, though. 4w
tournevis @Graywacke @GingerAntics @Lcsmcat I think you would enjoy reading tagged, in the original English (only the Italian is in the database for some reason). 4w
Lcsmcat @tournevis That does look interesting! I‘d definitely have to find it in English though. My Italian never got beyond first year grammar and musical terminology. 😀 4w
tournevis @Lcsmcat Gutenberg The Geek is the title in English, by Jeff Jarvis. @Graywacke @GingerAntics 4w
Graywacke @GingerAntics politics and mythology... 😐 4w
Graywacke @tournevis Thanks! Noting. Looks terrific. 4w
BarbaraJean @GingerAntics @Graywacke Social media springs to mind for me as well—specifically #BlackLivesMatter and #MeToo, which were born in and garnered a lot of momentum/awareness through social media because of how quickly the message can spread & grow. But I also think the revolution part hasn‘t materialized because of the immediacy—for every #MeToo there‘s someone quickly yelling “Fake News.” Maybe the printing press allowed for more stable dissention? 4w
GingerAntics @BarbaraJean perhaps it‘s less that the immediacy is an issue, but more that they are competing revolutions. The one is about equality, equanimity, and empowerment while the other is about recapturing and maintaining the status quo of 50+ years ago. They are in direct opposition, so a step forward for one is a step back for the other, so every step on either side must be answered by a step by the other side. 4w
GingerAntics @BarbaraJean Although it does have the added bonus of being a really quick way to get to fhe heart of a person. You know a lot about a person, fundamentally, by knowing which revolution they‘re a part of. (edited) 4w
Graywacke @GingerAntics @BarbaraJean I‘m stumbling through Plutarch‘s Lives, which happens to cover the end of the Roman Republic. I‘m also stumbling through the abolition battles through the life of Frederick Douglass. It‘s odd to see the parallels today in both. I think you‘re right, @GingerAntics that there are different and contradictory changes (are they revolutions?) 4w
Graywacke @GingerAntics @BarbaraJean I‘m at the point where I‘m about to yap too much. But I think these social movements are a natural steps in our current culture, but the tension they create, the fear of change, leaves a place to be manipulated. 4w
GingerAntics @Graywacke I completely agree about the place left open for manipulation. I think that‘s a big reason we‘ve (Americans) ended up in our current situation with our current president. It was and is all manipulation for personal power. 4w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics exactly how we got here. @Graywacke It always amazes me when as now things are brought to light as a “new fight or a new revolution” or “a threat to our rights”..30 years in social justice I can tell you the fight is exactly the same, and our rights are no more threatened than before. There is currently a magnifying glass put up to the issues and permission for the far extremist to have no worry of prosecution. The hate is the same. 3w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics @Graywacke what bothers me more isn‘t the actual bafoon in office ...it‘s the people willing to sell their very soul for antiabortion and all these folks calling themselves Jesus followers. The people had they not been this divided or hateful would not be swayed by one person . The fractures were there. 3w
TheBookHippie Your quote made me think of Sophie Scholl and the white rose and what publishing that little piece of resistance did. 3w
Graywacke @TheBookHippie interesting, your perspective on social justice. I feel like core cultures have shifted quietly during those 30 years in positive ways - with some economic drive. But then, I haven‘t lived in Alabama (or Georgia, or ... ) As for the rest, in respect of Litsy i‘ll hold my peace, spare you all my quirky philosophies and just say I don‘t like the shitgibbon or anything that likes, is liked by, or that leads to him. 3w
TheBookHippie @Graywacke 🤣🤣I live where Trump is hailed as the new saviour appointed by God. So in my world- not much change. In other parts of the country HUGE strides. It‘s why I both stay to fight and leave often to the city and ocean to gain perspective or stay sane 🤪. As for the rest -well I‘m use to people not liking my opinion- daily adventure. 🙄 I try to be as charitable to them as I can, this drives trumplovers insane, as you can imagine. 3w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh they definitely were there. I think, sadly, the fractures where there and the racist backlash against the first black president combined to make it the prime moment for that bumbling bafoon in office to come in and start his BS. He‘s a big part of the reason these pro-birth people are getting as bold as they are. We are way too close to Gilead for comfort. 3w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics YES!!!!! Gilead...it‘s like my town (Betsy Devos hometown 🤢🤢🤢🤮) spread over the entire nation and things I‘ve fought for and told people about and they refused to believe me ...is country wide now. Surreal. Scary as **** 3w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh my god I‘m so sorry you‘ve had to live in her hometown. I‘m glad you‘ve survived. I usually find it nearly impossible to convince people that things are as bad as they really are. So many people with their heads in the sand. I think they‘re just trying to make it through this presidency, but still. This is no time for heads to be in the sand. It‘s terrifying. I completely agree with you on that one. 3w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I graduated with her brother -leader of Blackwater —now be me a social justice liberal hippie in a town that is 97 percent alt right. Now imagine my kiddos and my daily fight. This is why I work so hard. Why I throw myself into volunteering. Also why occasionally I‘m crabby with zero tolerance 🤣🤣🤣🙌🏻😳🤪 3w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh my god, it‘s got to be scary raising kids in that environment. Sheesh. I‘m afraid to have a kid here in TX, but that almost sounds worse. It‘s clearly a miracle that you manage to have tolerance of any kind. 3w
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics there are days...but then I see all the little lives I‘ve affected and carry on... 3w
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie your students do look like little sweethearts. 3w
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Review https://bookandstitch.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/whose-story-is-this/
Another Rebecca Solnit essay collection that speaks to the current moment with long-sighted wisdom and hope. She writes with contagious optimism about the power of groups rather than individual “heroes” and the unnamed many who work for slow cultural change, leading to watershed moments (like #MeToo). She inspires hope with her patient wisdom and clear writing. Five stars!

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