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Joined June 2017

📚🌿 Reviews & Reccomendations| Female Authors, CanLit, Lit Fic, Non-Fiction | Also instagram.com/bookalong | twitter.com/bookalong00
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You Still Look the Same | Farzana Doctor
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4☆A tender and candid collection exploring midlife, relationships, loss, pain, grief, love and trauma.
Farzana Doctor's poems are overflowing with lived experience. I appreciated her voice, representing midlife. These poems are confessional by nature, the sheer messiness of life and living through it. Of heartaches, of pain, of violence to the body, of truths and of love. Enjoyed this one! #canlit #bookreview

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5☆Ferociously beautiful and brilliantly written!
A BEAST AT EVERY THRESHOLD is profoundly told. Exploring different thresholds of marginality, queer love, immigration, reinvention, disporia, pop culture, folklore, and ancestry. I have a new favorite poet! Wee's collection completely captivated me. Her words were written with such calculated purpose. I could feel them deeply while also being visually stimulated by the story she was telling.

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5☆A smart, engaging, honest, darkly funny collection of essays on race and social justice intenions. Isen's writing is accessible and really cuts deep. As a white woman I try to always acknowledge my privilege and this book was a great reminder of the toxicity of white feminism and the ways us white people need to do the work, not just provide lip service. I really enjoyed her writing and the way this collection is written. #bookreview

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Muddy People: A Memoir | Sara El Sayed
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Sara El Sayed story is filled with humor and heart as she shares of growing up in a strick Muslim household, and the struggles her and her family dealt with after emigrating from Egypt to Australia. She navigates trying to fit in as a Muslim in a predominantly white population, of friendships, and family traditions and realizing her parents have flaws. So much of her journey hits hard, especially her fathers illness. #bookreview

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4☆ Coming of age autobiographical account of one woman's desires. Enjoyed this, my first read on sex addiction and from a woman of colors perspective too. Garza is unbelievable brave and honest. How she was addicted to having sex but also masterbation and porn addiction as well. This kept her from having genuine connections with others in and out of the bedroom. Her journey was not easily done but I found by the end that she really owned her shit.

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Cult Classic: A Novel | Sloane Crosley
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A witty, suspenseful romance! Crosley is funny in this cleverly written novel that compares to Nick Hornby's High Fidelity. Though I dont typically go for romantic plotlines, and it wasn't this aspect that made Cult Classic enjoyable for me, it was it's uniqueness, underlineable striking prose and wry humor throughout. While reading it I was reminiscent of Sally Rooneys writing so you may enjoy this if you enjoy her works. Out Today! #bookreview

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Uncertain Kin | Janice Lynn Mather
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4☆A haunting and beautiful collection! Mather digs deep in these 18 linked stories. These female characters come in all ages and are vivid and alive, exploring connection, relationships, yearing, grief, growing up, parenthood, and the human experience so richly. They are flawed and struggling but resilient. The depth and emotional range of each story was impressive. Mather completely won me over with her dazzling and compelling prose. Loved this!

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The Trayvon Generation | Elizabeth Alexander
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5☆ A smartly written and profound meditation on the challenges Black youth face in America today. This slim book packs a punch! An extension of a viral essay, Alexander brilliantly and insightfully looks at the past and future of the Black experience in America, the ongoing issues of race, brutality, perseverance, and the power of art and poetry. Highly reccomend this one! #bookreview #bookblogger

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Wildflower | Melanie Brown
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5☆ Ages 3-8
An adorable and inspiring picture book about fitting it and supporting each other. First of all these bright illustrations are the cutest thing! My daughter loves all their little faces so much. And learning about all the different flowers was really cool! The message within this book comes across perfectly for this age group. Believing in yourself and holding others up is the best way for all to learn and grow! We loved this one!

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An Unthinkable Thing | Nicole Lundrigan
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4☆An absorbing, suspenseful read! Lundrigan gives us these great characters that I was so invested in. And the story kept me on the edge of my seat, enthralled, wondering how it would all shake out. The writing pulled me in right from the first paragraph and I was happy to let it take me along through this gripping, heartbreaking and haunting story. If you're like me and struggle to enjoy thrillers I recommend giving this for a try. #canlit

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5☆A fantastic follow up to Black Leopard, Red Wolf!James is such an incredibly creative writer, building these facinating characters and storylines blows my mind. If you struggled with the first book this one is more accessible, honestly I enjoyed this one more! So give it a try. Again it's violent, dark, deep themes at work here. Completely brilliant! Can't wait for the third book! #bookreview #bookreviewer

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Post-traumatic | Chantal V. Johnson
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4☆ An ambitious debut novel on surviving and living with trauma. Johnson's prose were very compelling, and I found this tough to put down. The intimate, at times claustrophobic feeling of being in Vivian's head was impressively written, she is a manic, paranoid character due to living with her trauma, coping until she cracks. I think Johnson really conveyed what surviving trauma can look like. Plot wise its slow, but character depth was great.

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Like Animals | Eve Lemieux
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#CANLIT 5☆'S
A dark and addicting little novel! I really enjoyed this hard hitting debut. I ended up swallowing it in one gulp! Lemieux gives us an intimate narrative of the reality of spiralling out of control and pushing away the people you need the most with Philly's character. Her pull into darkness and death. I admire how she brought this to life in this book, and how she explored sex, love and grief so savagely. #bookreview #bookblogger

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4☆This was one I savored because it was so good! Very interesting to read about Newfoundland from these marginalized perspectives. I had to let each entry sink in before I moved on to the next. A book more Canadians need to be reading! And I hope there will be a Vol. 2! #bookreview #canlit

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Good Mom on Paper: Writers on Creativity and Motherhood | Jen Sookfong Lee, Stacey May Fowles
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5☆A wonderfully curated collection of essays that are beautiful, raw, tender and touching in the best of ways. I cannot reccomend this book enough. I have never read a collection like this one! The editing and writing within hit me deeply. As a mother but also as a person who strives to be creative and exist outside of my role as matriarch. These entries were therapeutic in many ways and I think many will relate to them. #bookreview #canlit

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian As a new mom I am very looking forward to reading this! 1mo
Bookalong @CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian your going to love it!! 1mo
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Nature Is an Artist | Jennifer Lavallee
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With adorable illustrations and rhyming text we follow a group of diverse children on a journey with nature as their guide. They explore all the different types of natural artwork mother nature has created from the flowers and trees, to sculpting mountains and forming fossils and as they go making their own artwork as well, all influenced by nature. A lovely and inspiring message for kids! Out Today!🎉
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Save Yourself: Essays | Cameron Esposito
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4☆A humorous and interesting memoir about gender, sexuality and faith. Esposito shares of her coming of age in a religious household of body issues, lesbianism, coming out and her career as a comedian. This memoir will be a comfort to many that relate to Esposito's upbringing and gender fluidity. Her stories are earnest and offer humor and hope. #bookreview #memoir

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The Wind and the Clover | Audrey Helen Weber
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4☆
THE WIND & THE CLOVER
By Audrey Helen Weber
40 Pages
Ages 4-8
Available June 14th
A calming and beautifully illustrated picture book about dreams, bees, species diversity, and the connectedness of nature even right in your own backyard. #bookreview #kidsbooks

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Cost of Living: Essays | Emily Maloney
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4☆A facinating collection on the American Health Care system from both sides of the Hospital bed. Maloney's essays offer a unique perspective on staying alive in Capitalist America. I was immersed in her words and how she conveyed both experiences in the same setting. And the inner working of a Hospital. It was incredibly eye opening and well done. There is no books out there like this one! A must read! #bookreview #essays

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5☆A dynamite read mixing memoir and the subject of writing. Febos is an auto read author for me, I enjoy everything she writes and BODY WORK was phenomenal! Febos lays out the art of writing intimately, of bodies, and trauma so smartly. An absolute treasure, I swallowed this book whole! Highly reccomend, it is a fantastic resource on writing. #bookreview

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Ghost Lover: Stories | Lisa Taddeo
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4.5☆ A collection of nine incredibly fresh, intimate and wonderfully written stories exploring female desire, sexuality, aging and friendships. So this review is for the readers who have found Taddeo's work polarizing. Or the people who have yet to read her work. READ THESE STORIES because Taddeo's writing excelles in short fiction form, she completely won me over! My favorites were Forty-Two, Beautiful People, and Grace Magorian. #bookreview

IuliaC Lovely photo! 2mo
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Bookalong @merelybookish yay! Enjoy! 2mo
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The Lantern House | Erin Napier
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5🌟A very touching story about celebrating home.The Lantern House takes us through the life cycle of a house. Narrated by the house it tells its story. I absolutely LOVED this book! It made me emotional and gave me The Giving Tree vibes. The colorful illustrations were so sweet. My children both enjoy this one regularly. Reccomended for ages 4-8, Available May 24th. #bookreview #kidsbooks #illustratedbooks

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Pure Colour | Sheila Heti
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4🌟A philosophical, abstract, unique reading experience. A tough one to review. This book has polarizing reviews and I get why, you will either love this or you wont. I have really loved Heti's writing since first reading Motherhood and this book hit me hard. She is a visionary and this work really pushes the envelope for what a novel can be. It's poetic, experimental and facinating! #canlit #bookreview

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A vividly written examination of place, landscapes, identity, belonging, connection and ancestry. Nolan blew me away with this collection! What a fantastic debut! I could taste the salty sea, smell the fish and see the beautiful land of NFL so clearly. The landscapes and people, the storms they weathered, the hardships of the land, their strength. Nolan is a Canadian writer to watch for! #canadianpoetry #bookreview

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When We Were Birds | Ayanna Lloyd Banwo
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An epic, alluring, dark and atmospheric tale of love, loss, connection and healing. WHEN WE WERE BIRDS is a gorgeous debut with beautiful prose. Banwo had me hooked within the first few pages and transported into this story which is such a deeply told story. Both of these characters Yejide, and Darwin are old souls carrying heavy burdens, like family traditions and expectations, and complex mother-daughter relationships. I reccomend this one!

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Human Blues | Elisa Albert
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A magnetic and entertaining deep dive into creativity, art, feminism, fertility, and fame! I love how more novels are being published surrounding fertility and women's choices towards childrearing. We need these books! Told through nine menstrual cycles which I thought was sheer brilliance! I loved the commentary in this book, it was bold and fun! And Aviva's eccentric character was just the kind of female characters I enjoy! Available July 5th!

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Butter Honey Pig Bread | Francesca Ekwuyasi
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A beautifully written generational saga dealing with pain, love, forgiveness, family and food. How she wrote three such deep characters, that go through so much, that felt so real is mindblowing! So well written, Ekwuyasi offers such a wonderfully moving and beautiful story, about trauma, spiritualism, food, mothering, sisterhood, queerness and love. The prose are vivid and strong. I loved it so much! Can't reccomend it enought! #canlit

TheKidUpstairs One of my favourites last year! 3mo
TrishB Need to get to this, was gifted it for my last birthday ❤️ 3mo
Christine Wow, your review makes me want to get to this one soon! 3mo
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The Candy House | Jennifer Egan
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This will be one of thoes books that doesn't jive with everyone. Egan is a writer of fierce talent as she weaves us through characters and decades with such elegance. Throughout reading this I was desperate for the pre internet era, before everyone had a cellphone. Technology has its ups and downs and I loved how Egan examines this. The Candy House is one of thoes books that makes you think and refelect, it makes you work for the payoff.

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4🌟This book will not be for everyone. But I loved its originality. I dont read a lot of fantasy anymore but James got me with this one. These characters, the queerness, the violence, and the language. It's compared to Game Of Thrones in many ways but its not Game Of Thrones. Definitely a book you have to try for yourself as it will hit people differently. I am eager to start the next book now! #bookreview

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Set in a dystopian world, we deep dive into the child welfare system, mothering and the bounds of love. This novel asks us to confront how we parent, which is no easy task and asks us to look at how we treat parents and mothers in today's world. I think Chan has raised many valuable points with this book. I have been that exhausted parent. I dont agree with what Frida does in this book but I do emphasize with her needs. Interesting read for sure!

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Giju's Gift: Volume 1 | Brandon Mitchell
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5🌟My son and I really enjoyed this adventurous graphic novel! It emphasized remembrance, culture and connection. It was so great to see a book about the Mi'kmaq people of Canada's Atlantic Provinces. It prompted us to learn more about them and their culture. Reccomended this one for the graphic novel lovers in your life ages 6-8. #bookreview #canlit

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Carry the Dog | Stephanie Gangi
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4.5?
"I do feel like part of my soul was stolen by my mother's camera. I do feel cursed."

A hard hitting story about the toll making art takes and the tough realities of the human condition. I was deeply immersed in this one! Though a tough read at times, I found Gangi did a excellent job bringing these characters alive in the pages, especially Bea. An absorbing read. (TW: Suicide and Child Abuse) #bookreview #bookblogger

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Any Kind of Luck at All | Mary Fairhurst Breen
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4🌟 With honesty, humor and heartbreak Mary Fairhurst Breen shares her story with us. It's one of family, of generations of mental illness, of addiction, of sexuality, of parenting and pain, suffering, loss and strength. I really enjoyed this one! Though short it is moving and powerful! Thank you to the publisher and ZG Stories for sending me this book. #bookreview #canlit

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Breaks: An Essay | Julietta Singh
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5🌟Singh deconstructs the sad, hard truths of our society and world with an honesty many will connect with. On mothering and the inner struggle to uphold righteousness in a world geared on whitness and colonialism. This is a letter to her six year old daughter, and her future self. Impossible beautiful and heartbreaking. I felt this book so heavily and appreciated her words so very much. Please read this book. #canlit #bookreview #bookblogger

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5🌟A wonderfully clever post-apocalyptic novella that hits on community, survival, and radical hope.
I loved this tiny yet hard hitting book! It had everything I want in a dystopian novella. Fantastic prose, its speculative but literary at the same time. Offers an optimistic outlook on post apocalyptic life, and had an interesting premis! #bookreview #canlit #bookblogger #booktweet #booktok

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Have You Eaten Yet? | Cheuk Kwan
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5🌟Kwan offers readers a personal look at Chinese migration, world politics, social history, and food from family run restaurants spread out across the globe. His writing is excellent as he shares these stories which come from people working different positions in the kitchens. Reading about their family histories and generational cooking was beautiful, heartbreaking and moving.An important and relevent book on Chinese migration and Chinese food.

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Pebble Swing | Isabella Wang
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5🌟A beautiful collection on place, identity, landscape, family, grief, and language. I am in absolutely awe of Isabella Wang and Pebble Swing. An emotional collection, refreshingly written, Wang a Chinese Canadian Poet wonderfully explores her own past while trying to understand her families history and the loss of her mother tongue is so gorgeously written. Cannot reccomend this one enough! #poetry #bookreview #canlit

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Aquariums | J.D. Kurtness
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A beautifully poetic exploration on oceans, futuristic climates, and ancestral lineage. Though short this translated novel unfurls in past and present storylines. From childhood to adulthood we follow Èmeraude, a young marine biologist working to save aquatic ecosystems. Kurtness's writing was vivid and full of imagery as it conveys the importance of caring for the world. #bookreview #canlit

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Knight Owl | Christopher Denise
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A cute, heartwarming tale about a clever little owl with big dreams who's becomes the hero through kindness and cleverness. We loved this one! He has always dreamed of being a real knight, his first chance to defend the castle is by doing a Knight Night Shift, since he's nocturnal he will stay awake. When the intruder comes he defeats him with a good idea and friendliness. Turning a foe into a new friend! Available March 15th! #kidsbookreview

hannah-leeloo Definitely getting this for my boy. Thank you for sharing ❤ 4mo
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NOTES TO SELF: Essays | EMILIE. PINE
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Intimate essays on addiction, fertility, caring for an alcoholic parent, on being a woman, self-inflicted violence, on grief, sexual violence and disordered eating. In these six essays Pine's words are like an emotional punch in the gut. Each one offers something different, something true and raw. This book sat on my shelves for over a year, so glad I finally picked it up because once I did I couldn't put this down! #bookreview

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Ghosthawk | Matt Rader
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A poetry collection full of awe inspired wonder.
More people need to be reading and talking about this book! It's an incredibly profound and moving collection. Ghosthawk transcends western cultural views, embodying the poets spiritual and metaphysical connections with nature, the land, animals and the world. It's haunting, fragile, and utterly beautiful. Quite possibly one of the most bewitching collections I have ever read! #poetry

Nute Wonderful review. Stacking! 4mo
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Wild Beings | Dorien Brouwers
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5🌟A gorgeously illustrated picture book evoking the interconnectedness of humans and animals.Throughout the book we see wild animals in their natural habitats, highlighting their strengths and individuality. Sprinkled within the breathtaking artwork is evidence and silhouettes of children mimicking what the animals are doing. Showing the likeness between them both. Reccomended for ages 4-8. Coming in April. #kidsbooks #bookreview

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"Beauty was a way for me to be special, when I was special, I felt my parents love the most."
An incredibly candid account of objectification and power. Her compelling prose surprised me and made for a quick thoughtful read. Unfortunately theres quite a bit of hate for this book much like Ratajkowski herself. But before you judge her based on her Instagram or the Blurred Lines music video try reading her words and decide from there. #bookreview

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Dava Shastri's Last Day | Kirthana Ramisetti
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3🌟I found this a bit of a slower read. I loved the premise and Dava wanting to end her life her own way. But for a character driven novel I have to say I didn't like any of the characters much and I think this is why this one was just ok for me. I did appreciated the multicultural family representation though and a storyline that included assisted dying. #bookreview

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On Animals | Susan Orlean
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Orlean a longtime lover of animals and animal stories offers us a collection of 15 pieces written throughout her career about humans relationships with tamed and untamed animals from all over the planet! From her own narrative of keeping chickens to stories of show dogs, animal actors, pet tigers, taxidermy, lion whisperers and more! These pieces are moving and Orleans rich prose shine throughout! #bookreview #essays

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This is a fierce piece of psychological feminine literature, a portrait of womanhood and motherhood in 1970's Japan. One of my favorite subjects to read about is motherhood and Tsushima's storytelling captured me at once! This was originally written in a serialized form, capturing the first year of single motherhood in a time when there wasn't many single Japanese mothers. Her writing transcends and was so ahead of it's time! #bookreview

EvieBee Wow, sound fascinating! Even today single mothers are still stigmatized. 4mo
Bookalong @EvieBee exactly! This was definitely a relevant read! 4mo
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5🌟A smart collection of essays exploring a generation of female celebrities and literary icons impact on society and pop culture with a personal touch. All The Lives I Want is a tribute to famous iconic women. Women who's lives and influence have been subjegative, some labeled difficult, some misunderstood. This was excellent!! For all my fellow millennials you will know these women, their stories and the moments Massey examines. #bookreview

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No Touching | Ketty Rouf
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4🌟I read this book in a day! I enjoyed the story, and Joséphine's character and the exploration of duality. Rouf wonderfuly offers the reader a look into this womans two sided life. Showing how the one side gives her things the other side never could. At thought provoking read! #bookreview #translatedlit

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Salt Beef Buckets: A Love Story | Amanda Dorothy Jean Bulman
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5🌟What a delight SALT BEEF BUCKETS is! Bulman did a wonderful job bringing Newfoundland's traditional cooking and history to life! She shares about foraging off the land and cooking with what is available seasonally, prioritizing local ingredients and staying true to the uniqueness of this land and even gives gardening tips! Plus several gorgeous photos of NFL throughout! Looking forward to trying more throughout the year! #cookbookreview #canlit

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4🌟McGee's prose were funny and candid right from the get go, very conversational and made for easy, amusing reading. As she goes through her relationships, her stories were heartbreaking and heartwarming. Smartly written, I love how her story unfolded and that she turned this whole senario into a one woman show feels very Carrie Fisher esk. #bookreview #canlit

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