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elizabethlk

elizabethlk

Joined October 2017

Avid reader. Amateur writer. Spoonie. Canadian. thefeministbibliothecary.wordpress.com
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The Poet and The Spider by Cynthia So, our latest #litereads selection for #pride month, is a new love for me, one I enjoyed more than I expected to before reading it. I love the imagery and ideas surrounding the actual poetry, and the love story moved me. You can read my full review in the link below. I hope you'll share your thoughts on this story in the comments.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-dU

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Our latest #litereads selection is The Poet and The Spider by Cynthia So, chosen with #pridemonth in mind. We want to know what you think of this historical fantasy selection, so be sure to drop us a comment once you've read the story. You can find links to the story and its audio version in our full post below. Happy reading!

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-dJ

#shortstories #fantasy #historicalfantasy #pride #pridemonth2019

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Fantasy Magazine, Issue 60 (Dec. 2016, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue) | N. K. Jemisin, Karen Lord, Sofia Samatar, Justina Ireland, Darcie Little Badger, Daniel Older, Tobias Buckell, P. Clark, Shweta Narayan
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Black, Their Regalia by Darcie Little Badger, our latest #litereads selection, is a dark fantasy story in a contemporary setting with a plague sweeping the land and a band kept in quarantine. I definitely loved this one, but I want to know what the rest of you think. Let me know in the comments. You can read my full review for this #indigenoushistorymonth pick in the link below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-dE

#shortstories #fantasy #indigenousreads

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The Ballad of Black Tom | Victor LaValle
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I enjoy a bit of Lovecraft now and then, but this retelling knocked my socks off. LaValle managed to capture what makes Lovecraft and Lovecraftian horror so delightful to read, while reworking problematic elements into something else, subverting the racism into the reality of the story rather than the writer's shitty point of view. I really enjoyed this, definitely recommend it for horror fans, and look forward to reading more from the author.

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Finished during a late night reading binge. A genuinely helpful intro (with essays, poems, comics, songs, interviews) to activism and resistance. Whether you need direction or a pep talk, this book has it. It is meant for teens, but I think adults can get just as much out of it. Not every piece knocked my socks off, but it was largely very good. Recommended!

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I want sure this could live up to how much I genuinely loved The Kiss Quotient, but I love The Bride Test just as much. It is sweet and charming and funny and emotional and intensely relatable. Love it and very eager for the next book.

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Fantasy Magazine, Issue 60 (Dec. 2016, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue) | N. K. Jemisin, Karen Lord, Sofia Samatar, Justina Ireland, Darcie Little Badger, Daniel Older, Tobias Buckell, P. Clark, Shweta Narayan
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Our latest #litereads selection is our first chosen with #indigenoushistorymonth in mind, Black, Their Regalia by Dr. Darcie Little Badger, a Lipan Apache writer and scientist. This dark fantasy story stars the Apparently Siblings, a group of Apache and Navajo musicians, in the midst of a new and deadly plague. You can find a link to the story in the full article below. Be sure to let us know what you think!

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Fantasy Magazine, Issue 60 (Dec. 2016, People of Colo(u)r Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue) | N. K. Jemisin, Karen Lord, Sofia Samatar, Justina Ireland, Darcie Little Badger, Daniel Older, Tobias Buckell, P. Clark, Shweta Narayan
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Our final #litereads selection for #asianheritagemonth and our first selection for #pridemonth was The Padishah Begum's Reflections by Shweta Narayan. This Mughal Empire lesbian steampunk tale was a fun and fascinating read, and I definitely enjoyed the ride. You can read my full review in the link below. I want to know what you think of the story, and I hope you'll comment your thoughts here.

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Tonguebreaker | Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
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This is probably the most deeply I've ever connected with poetry. As a disabled woman, it can be hard to find poems that connect to my experiences with this ability and this truly did. Piepzna-Samarasinha knows me, at least it feels like it. I really needed to read this collection and I'm glad I did. Highly recommended.

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Fantasy Magazine, December 2015 (Queers Destroy Fantasy! Special Issue) | Catherynne M. Valente, Christopher Barzak, Matthew Cheney, Liz Gorinsky
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Our latest #litereads selection and our final pick for #asianheritagemonth is The Padishah Begum's Reflections by Shweta Narayan. This historical fantasy story looks at a real figure from the Mughal Empire through a queer lens and a fantasy twist. I look forward to seeing what everyone thinks of this story. Link to the full story in the article below.
https://wp.me/p9KSXu-db

#aapi #aapiheritagemonth #shortstories #ahm #historicalfantasy

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 23: July/August 2018 | Mary Robinette Kowal, Alex Bledsoe, Sam J. Miller, Anya Ow, A. Merc Rustad, Brooke Bolander, K.M. Szpara, R.K. Kalaw, Elsa Sjunneson-Henry, Brit E. B. Hvide
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Everything Under Heaven by Anya Ow is our latest #asianheritagemonth #litereads pick, and we've just finished it. I personally really loved the adventure, the fantasy, and the intense connection between food and personal history and culture. I definitely enjoyed it. I want to know what you think. Let us know in the comments. You can read my full review in the link.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-db

#aapi #aapiheritagemonth #shortstories #fantasy

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Death Threat | Vivek Shraya
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Vivek Shraya is always worth a read, and her latest book, her first graphic novel, is no exception. The art is incredibly bold as well, and definitely makes it worth the short time it took me to read.

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 27: March/April 2019 | Aliette de Bodard, Marie Brennan, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Tina Connolly, Bonnie Jo Stufflebeam, Karen Osborne, A.T. Greenblatt, Marissa Lingen
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Anya Ow's Everything Under Heaven is our latest #litereads selection, chosen especially with #asianheritagemonth in mind. This story features dinosaurs and food, martial arts and adventure. There is a link to read the full story for free in the article below. Be sure to let me know what you think of the story!

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#aapi #aapiheritagemonth #shortstories #wuxia #fantasy #adventure #ahm

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One rainy evening | Zhecun Shi
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Latest #litereads selection was chosen for #asianheritagemonth and was At the Paris Cinema by Shi Zhecun. This early example of Chinese modernist literature wasn't to my taste, but I'm not the biggest fan of modernist literature to begin with and the view point wasn't my thing. It was interesting to try. I hope others got more from it than I did. Be sure to let me know what you think. My full review is in the link below.

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Deenie | Judy Blume
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I am 25 years old and I am intensely relating to a Judy Blume novel for the first time.

Conforming to expectations while dealing with disability and with ableism (both external and internal)? That is my life. Genuinely just really connected to this. And seeing Deenie's views on disability change as she deals with her own felt so real.

This book just GETS me.

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One rainy evening | Zhecun Shi
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Our latest #litereads selection is At the Paris Cinema by Shi Zhecun. I hope everyone enjoys this piece of classic modernist Chinese literature. It was chosen especially for #asianheritagemonth #aapiheritagemonth
You can find a link to read the story for free in our full article below.

https://wp.me/p9KSXu-cV

#aapi #shortstory #shortstories #chineseliterature

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Woman with horns and other stories | Cecilia Manguerra Brainard
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Our latest #litereads selection is the contemporary Filipino classic short story Woman With Horns by Cecilia Menguerra Brainard. Set in the Philippines in 1903, the story tells of an American doctor and of a local widow who is rumored to have horns. Be sure to let us know what you think. You can find sources to read it from my link below.

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#aapi #aapiheritagemonth #shortstories #asianheritagemonth

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Free Comic Book Day always has the best sales. I bought more than I intended, but I found some much needed sequels and some new finds. I also got some great deals.

#freecomicbookday #fcbd #fcbd2019

TK421 Rat Queens! Saga! Descender! Great choices. 1mo
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These are my free finds of Free Comic Book Day. Definitely interested in reading these. I only wish there had been copies of Bob's Burgers left.

#freecomicbookday #fcbd #fcbd2019

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Uncanny Magazine Issue 11: July/August 2016 | Catherynne M. Valente, Kelly Link, Aliette de Bodard, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Sarah Kuhn, Kelly McCullough, Caroline M. Yoachim, Isabel Yap
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The Moon Over Red Trees by Aliette de Bodard is definitely a new favourite of mine, and I want to know what you think. The history, magic, and complicated relationship made for an engaging read, and I'm looking forward to exploring more of her work. Let me know in the comments what you thought. You can read the full review in the link below.

#aapi #aapiheritagemonth
#asianheritagemonth #shortstory #litereads

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This is so good. Mary Beard connects history, politics, literature, and personal experience to explore the ways women have power and voice, and more especially the ways women lack power and voice. It is well worth the read. I definitely need to get on reading more of her stuff.

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This middle grade graphic novel about an Orthodox Jewish girl looking to Slaughter nearby evil fantasy creatures is unique and delightful and so much fun. The ending was especially fun. Definitely recommending this to everyone I know. I look forward to reading more from the series.

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Just as good as the first book! Really loving these Marie Kondo books and I genuinely recommend them to anyone who wants a tidy space. I keep bringing up KonMari irl like a complete weirdo and I don't even care. I really liked the illustrations in this one, which helped me to actually understand what she meant in descriptions of folding.

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Our latest #litereads selection was Some Gods of El Paso by Maria Dahvana Headley, an #alternatehistory story about Prohibition-era Texas and a couple on the run from the law for illegally dealing in emotions. It is a unique and fascinating story, and a fun read. Recommended, with a note for tw for suicide.

Let us know what you thought of the story. You can read my full review in the link below.

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Antologia de contos LiteraturaBr | Fabiane Guimarães, Geórgia Cavalcante, Mikaelly Andrade, Raisa Christina, Rebecca Jordão, Thiago Oliveira, Franck Santos, Maik Wanderson, Paulo Henrique Passos, José Saraiva
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Fat Thighs by Fabiane Guimaraes is an interesting look into self-image but no my favourite view of disability. Be sure to let me know what you think of the story. You can read my full review of this #brazilianliterature #LiteReads #shortstories selection in the link below.

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Rashomon: And Other Stories | Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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I think Rashomon is a fascinating story to examine, even if it wasn't my favourite for pleasure reading. The descriptions were golden and the morals vs survival plot was interesting. Let me know what you thought. You can read my full review in the link below.

#litereads #japaneseliterature

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A Sweet Passover | Lesléa Newman
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Passover is coming up, so I decided to give this Leslea Newman picture book a try. Definitely worth it! A good read for Jewish kids looking to celebrate and non-Jewish kids looking to learn. It also has a tasty sounding matzah brei recipe at the end. Definitely would recommend.

#passover #kidlit #picturebooks #childrensbooks

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Rashomon: And Other Stories | Ryunosuke Akutagawa
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Our latest #litereads selection is Rashomon by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, the classic short story that inspired the title of the classic Japanese film (although it was a different Akutagawa story to inspire the bulk of the plot of the movie). You can find a link to read the full story in the full article below. I hope you enjoy the story. Be sure to let me know what you think!

#litereads #japaneseliterature #shortstories

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Apex Magazine April 2018 | Cassandra Khaw, Jamie Lackey, Andrew Kooy, Tlotlo Tsamaase
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Murders Fell From Our Wombs is probably a new favourite for me. I loved this story about a woman's period causing prophetic dreams of violence against women, both on a surface level and on deeper examination. You can see my full review in the link. Let me know what you thought!

#litereads #africanlit #shortstories

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Apex Magazine April 2018 | Cassandra Khaw, Jamie Lackey, Andrew Kooy, Tlotlo Tsamaase
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Murders Fell From Our Wombs by Tlotlo Tsamaase is a dark story about a woman whose periods bring on prophetic dreams of violence against women (definite TW on that front). Please feel free to read the story and join in on our discussions. #litereads #africanliterature

https://thefeministbibliothecary.wordpress.com/2019/03/31/lite-reads-selection-m...

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I am quite smitten with this trilogy so far. It is steamy, fun, relatable, with just a taste of angst. Wrong to Need You was a genuine pleasure to read. I look forward to the next book.

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I had high hopes based on the women included and the pleasing layout. But no. No no.

It minimizes the atrocities of the Spanish Inquisition, uses a slur for the Romani, downplays anti-indigenous attitudes in the US (both present and historic), gets aggressively ableist with "overcoming disability" narratives... I could go on.

I have read a lot of books of this type, and there are easily more than a dozen I would recommend first.

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The Rooster Prince of Breslov | Ann Redisch Stampler
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The Rooster Prince of Breslov is a hilarious read with some great messages. The story of a boy deciding he is a rooster just works really well somehow. As the author discusses in the afterword, it works well as a coming of age story and as a story about teaching others by speaking to them on their level. Recommended.

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Mama's Saris | Pooja Makhijani
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This is a really cute and sweet story. The focus on wanting to dress like your mother, be beautiful like your mother, is relatable and touching. The connection to culture is vital. The illustrations are cute. Recommended!

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Sukaq and the Raven (English) | Roy Goose, Kerry McCluskey
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Sukaq and the Raven by Roy Goose and Kerry McCluskey, and illustrated by Soyeon Kim, is a beautiful creation story. Heartfelt and sweet, with illustrations to match, we learn about the raven that created the earth, the sun, the moon, and the first person. Definitely recommended.

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Something from Nothing | Phoebe Gilman
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I was definitely under the impression that Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman was a modern children's classic I had missed. After giving it a read, I can definitely say i read it as a child. It had slipped to the back of my mind, but as I read that story and followed along with the mice family as well, it all came back. Such a delightful book about the importance of storytelling and the ways we can reuse things should never be forgotten.

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Eeeeeh. Most of the information is pretty solid. It gives a decent overview of Jewish faith, holidays, history, and culture. The layout is a bit of a mess. The information is largely correct, but it doesn't give enough weight to the broad spectrum of views as it really should imo. It probably wouldn't be the first book on Judaism I would recommend.

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A New England Nun: And Other Stories | Mary Eleanor Wilkins Freeman
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The 1891 classic short story is our new #litereads selection. A New England Nun by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman is an interesting way to acknowledge the last week of #womenshistorymonth

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A Gentle Habit | Cherie Dimaline
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I hope anyone who joined us for #litereads to read Cherie Dimaline's After 'While enjoyed themselves. Be sure to let us know your thoughts on this short but fascinating and powerful piece. You can read our full review in the link below. Today's new pick will be coming soon!

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Meet Yasmin! | Saadia Faruqi
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Meet Yasmin! by Saadia Faruqi, illustrated by Hatem Aly, is a collection of four short early readers/chapter books. It features some amazing #ownvoices representation of a Pakistani-American girl as she goes on all sorts of adventures in her home, school, and town. Definitely recommended for anyone in need of an early reader with some great personality.

AmyG I got this for my niece for her birthday. ❤️ 3mo
emtobiasz Love this one! 3mo
BiblioLitten Cute! 3mo
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This is just as good as Harrison's first book, possibly better. I love this. I read a lot of bio collections and this one is still about half women I was unfamiliar with, which is awesome. I learned a lot from these stories that are suitable for all ages. The illustrations are fun and cute too. Definitely would recommend, and I hope to see more from Vashti Harrison.

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A Gentle Habit | Cherie Dimaline
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Our new #litereads selection is After 'While by Cherie Dimaline, the fabulous Metis writer of the dystopian YA novel the Marrow Thieves. I hope everyone enjoys the story. Be sure to let us know your thoughts. You can find a link to the story in our full intro post.
#indigenousreads
https://wp.me/p9KSXu-aP

(Tagged a short story collection, but this short story is not in it. Unavailable on Litsy).

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The Geranium by Flannery O'Connor had great use of symbolism and style, but ultimately the depictions of racism as part of the story were made rather unbearable when the story relied so heavily on racist tropes and slurs. You can read the full review in the link below. #litereads

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NewsPrints | Ru Xu
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Spending the day on the bus is good for my tbr. NewsPrints moved a little too fast for it's own good, but it was still a ton of fun with an interesting story and characters, and the plot twist genuinely surprised me. I would recommend it, and I look forward to reading the sequel.

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Touched by Fire | Irene N. Watts
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I finished Touched by Fire by Irene N. Watts on the bus home from my visit with my aunt. Intensely emotional, entertaining, believable, with many interconnected elements throughout, this tale of a young immigrant as she grows up, moves around, and takes up work at the Triangle Factory shortly before the infamous fire is an incredible read. I found it so moving. Definitely going to have to try Watts's other novels.

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Paperback Crush is entertaining, funny, fun, nostalgic, and critical, and it is all of these things in the best possible way. This was a great exploration of teen fic from the 80s and 90s and I had a ton of fun walking down memory lane with that critical eye and sense of humour Moss brings to the book. Definitely recommended!

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Our latest #litereads selection is The Geranium by Flannery O'Connor. This southern gothic classic short story is available to read online for free, and you can access it through our full blog post below. Be sure to let us know your thoughts!

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We finished reading Statement of Absolute Hatred, our latest #litereads selection. The story, originally written in Arabic, uses an unreliable narrator to tell a complex but very short story. I hope everyone liked the story. Be sure to let us know your thoughts. Full review below. #womenintranslation

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Here is the World is a lovely intro to Jewish holidays. The picture book story covers a year of Jewish holidays in sequence, which makes it an easy and pleasant read. The illustrations are gorgeous. The additional info at the end is helpful. Recommended!

elizabethlk Also totally psyched to try some recipes from the back. 3mo
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I had a really poor understanding of the stock market, stocks, economics, etc. I wanted to learn about the stock market crash of 1929, but I was unsure where to start without knowing much. HERE. Here is where to start. It gave me a good understanding of the people, events, the before and after, and the stock market itself. I learned a lot here and recommend it to anyone hoping to do the same.