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My League of Women Voters book club is discussing this on Tuesday. We'll also have a guest speaker who is (or was) principal of a high school in Chicago. It should be an interesting presentation and discussion.

The book is, of course, really difficult in terms of topic. The author presents devastating social justice issues, without hitting the reader over the head. I hope that everyone who reads it gets it.

8little_paws 🙋‍♀️I work at Chicago high schools! Ask me anything :) 19h
JoyBlue @8little_paws Cool! Which school(s)? I went to Kenwood Academy. 9h
8little_paws One public and one private--ChiArts and Francis W. Parker. 3h
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This book was eye opening and emotional. I found myself Googling names and putting a face to the story. Those stories were the most heartbreaking of all. Overall though, I highly recommend this book especially to Chicagoans.

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This was an excellent read. Yes, it‘s an extremely difficult subject, there are bits that will make you squirm, cry and experience real anger!
It‘s a testament to the author that she can even make you laugh.
There is only one reason for rape, rapists.

Cathythoughts Sounds really good Trish 👍🏻 1w
Alicepondpoe As a rape victim who birthed a daughter, I am loathe to send her into the world one day because of rapists. 1w
TrishB @Alicepondpoe totally understand. It is difficult for us all to send our daughters out into the world, but even more so when you have experienced rape. I can‘t imagine the anxiety you will feel. Sending hugs ❤️ if you haven‘t read this I would definitely recommend. The author is amazing. 1w
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TrishB @Cathythoughts I am in awe of the author, who I feel has written an amazing book. 1w
Alicepondpoe I just looked it up and my library has it. I think I will pick it up later this evening. Thank you ❤ @TrishB 1w
Alicepondpoe I try to educate her in a manner that doesn't make an enemy of all men. After all not all men are terrible. But it hurts to think we have to train our daughters STILL in this day and age to be vigilant and to protect what others think is theirs to take. I tell my daughter, one day women will rule the world 😄 1w
TrishB @Alicepondpoe glad the library has it. I totally agree, we shouldn‘t have to warn our daughters ☹️ I so wish that wasn‘t the case. My daughter has just turned 18 and I‘m very anxious about her going out drinking with her friends, it‘s not fair. And yes totally agree, all men are not terrible and it‘s important they know that and have those men in their life. 1w
Alicepondpoe @TrishB Oh man 18!! I have 5 more years but I can only imagine the anxiety you have!! 7d
TrishB @Alicepondpoe exactly 😁 7d
laurenbescoby I will be teaching my 2 boys that they have no control over other peoples bodies, and to respect their female peers. I already talk to max As a victim of assault it would break my heart to ever learn that one of my boys did that go a woman. I shall definitely be picking this up. 6d
TrishB @laurenbescoby I‘m sure you‘ll do a great job with them, just acknowledging you need to have that conversation is always a great start. 6d
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Shout Out: Women of Color Respond to Violence | Maria Ochoa, Barbara K. Ige
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Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Okay, so I may or may not have read this entire book in a single two-hour sitting... Super powerful, compelling story. The parallels to Emmett Till were fascinating, and the book definitely had a good theme/moral without being too in-your-face about it. I can‘t wait to teach this novel in the fall! (Plus... absolutely NO LANGUAGE. Teacher‘s dream.)

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Being a voracious reader of mystery/detective fiction, this initial statement of the author and her subsequent discussion gave me pause.
#feministphilosopher #feministethics

rretzler I had never thought about it that way...and now that I do, having read many mysteries, I‘d say it depends on the author. For some authors, most, perhaps, I think this is true, but I have read some mysteries where the author takes the time to let us get to know the victim before doing away with them. Sometimes, this is a good thing, because they deserve to be murdered, but other times, it is a tragedy. I wish I could think of examples right now. 1mo
kspenmoll @rretzler Thanks for your thoughtful response. You are right; some authors give you a chance to know the victim prior to it‘s murder. I think she was thinking of the Mysteries that seem to follow a formula/easy reading ones! 1mo
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A few years ago, CNN showed a docuseries called Chicagoland. It highlighted the challenges being felt by that city and the people that were the most impacted. An American Summer does the same, only in book format. I feel that books like this are important. I see so much of my students in these stories. I only wish that I came away with a better idea of how to effect some type of change.

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Orangeboy | Patrice Lawrence
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Books read in May

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My son went to hear a panel of women philosophers at a UConn this spring. He came away with this book for me. Just read the preface this morning.Taking Philosophy Professor (Dartmouth)Brison‘s story in bit by bit.

“Brison's work has succeeded in increasing the amount of attention that philosophy, as a field, pays to issues of rape and domestic violence.”

Suet624 Wow. Sounds really interesting. 1mo
kspenmoll @Suet624 It is. I am reading it slowly as there is alot to ponder, reflect on. 1mo
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#booksandcoffee #Saturdaymorning #porchtime
Treating myself to a gift of tiramisu, my favorite dessert, that my husband brought to me from his dinner last night with our son at an incredible restaurant in West Hartford, a town nearby where I grew up. Savoring every bite.

BookishTrish Looks heavenly 2mo
ValerieAndBooks What restaurant is this? If I haven‘t been there yet I should check it out when/after my daughter goes back to UHart this fall! 2mo
kspenmoll @ValerieAndBooks It‘s on the pricey side but delicious! https://trevact.com/menus/view/dinner 2mo
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ValerieAndBooks Oooh, looks good! Will definitely have to try it sometime! Thanks for the info; the name is easy to remember as I have a cousin with the same name 😊 1mo
ValerieAndBooks When my daughter has her senior dance show I‘ll let you know when it is 😊 (either this fall or next spring) (edited) 1mo
Suet624 Yum!! 1mo
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