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jillrhudy

jillrhudy

Joined March 2018

Librarian. Appalachian. Anglophile.
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Bachelors Anonymous by P G Wodehouse
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Rhys Bowen‘s new book drops February 2020 and, if you‘re a fan of Queen Victoria and all things Victorian, you may enjoy this novel about a young gentlewoman, Isabella, who falls on hard times and discovers she loves to cook. Assuming a false identity, Bella ends up cooking for the royal household and travels to Nice. Not as funny as the “Her Royal Spyness” series and lacking the depth of “On Fairleigh Field,” it‘s still a fun light read. #arc

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Mercy House: A Novel | Alena Dillon
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In a world seemingly full of predators, one brave nun of nearly 70, Sister Evelyn, protects her traumatized and diverse little flock of women with everything she‘s got. #domesticviolence #arc Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/23660868/reviews/174306236

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It was so-so until the author got to the part about her Legal Aid advocacy for poor women in Kentucky, and the book filled with fire and passion. I liked the parts about the tough women in her family, and she touches on social issues in Appalachia, but I feel the book tried to cover too much. It was sweet, and I am full of admiration for the author for coming home and pitching in instead of dissing the place from afar. #arc

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Bachelors Anonymous | P G Wodehouse
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Ivor Llewellyn of Hollywood, five times divorced, can‘t have dinner with a woman without proposing marriage, so some chums recommend he go to London to join a club called Bachelors Anonymous. Hijinks commence.

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The Women In Black | Madelaine St. John
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Five women in different life stages are working in high end women‘s sales in a department store in 1950s Sydney. The novel is a neatly woven and beguiling, often funny, tapestry of these women‘s lives, both on and off the sales floor. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/1650636/reviews/173980731

LeahBergen Nice review!! 👏🏻 1w
jillrhudy @LeahBergen thanks! 🤗 1w
Aimeesue I bet Melly would have some things to say about this one! 😂 1w
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Melly would like it! 1w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Melly should write her own! 1w
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The Women In Black | Madelaine St. John
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Ladybug would rather have another treat than pose with my Kindle. Set in 1950s Australia, this was originally published in 1993 and was made into a film last year called “The Ladies in Black.” It is being re-released in February and marketed to fans of the Mrs. Meisel show. #Netgalley #ARC

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Third time reading and each time it‘s charming. Loads of hilarious dialogue and I adore the main character Marred by touches of racism against Hispanic and Jewish people, which is typical of books written in the ‘30s, and not much like the film except in the overall plotline.

Aimeesue Oh, Miss Pettigrew! ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 2w
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Browning's Shorter Poems | Franklin T. Baker
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Look how cute! It‘s a tiny textbook from 1916. #vintage #oldcoolbooks

wanderinglynn 😍😍😍 2w
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What‘s sweeter than honey? A Pettigrew #persephone #persephonebooks #anglophilesoflitsy

Aimeesue Oooh, Miss Pettigrew! I have the Persephone edition with the picture on the cover. Did those have the dove grey dust jackets too? Mine doesn't. Great find at a super price! (edited) 2w
jillrhudy @Aimeesue It does have the jacket! And it was a gift from a colleague. She knows me well. 2w
LeahBergen I adored this book! 2w
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Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore
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I can‘t get into the premise and the characters lack sparkle IMHO.

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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#septemberwrapup #septstats #arc #netgalley I guess I need to thank Littens for introducing me to Netgalley because it turns out they REALLY like librarians! I've been auto-approved by HarperCollins already! As a newbie to NetGalley I went a bit crazy reading 7 ARCs in September. Virago and Persephone don't do NetGalley; it would be the END of me if they did: farewell dear family & friends! 🤓

SauerPatch Oooh, can‘t stacked the tagged one fast enough! 2w
Aimeesue How was the Lindy West? 2w
jillrhudy @Aimeesue parts of it were right on, but it was very disjointed and written mostly over my head. 2w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Hmmmmm. Interesting. I liked her first essay collection. Are these all from her Guardian and NYT columns? 2w
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The Kopp Sisters are spreading the Sisterhood beyond their home into a National Service Camp for women and I am LOVING it @AmyStewart

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Isolde | Irina Odoevt?s?eva
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This beauty is Irina Odoevtseva, Russian expat to Paris following the Revolution. I just finished her novel Isolde (1929). I‘ve long wished to read more Russian female authors. Like the main character in “Isolde,” Paris was eclipsed in Irina‘s romantic imagination by the beautiful, vast, free Russia of her childhood, and her best known work is “On the Banks of the Neva.” She returned to her homeland a celebrity in 1987, under glasnost.

Ruthiella She looks like Helen Mirren (whose father was Russian) in that picture! 2w
batsy I read Isolde quite recently. Such a fab pic of the author! 2w
jillrhudy @Ruthiella she does! 2w
jillrhudy @batsy I can‘t imagine looking like that and being a genius. Although as you can tell from Isolde, men could be a real problem. 2w
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I loved “Shrill” but much of “The Witches Are Coming” left me bewildered. The book, an essay collection, trades focus for frenetic cuteness and often wanders completely off course. I am only 14 years older than the author but found the writing inaccessible for a good 1/4 of the content. I get her on abortion and body image and quitting Twitter though.

Hatchette sent an advance readers copy in exchange for an honest review. #arc #Netgalley

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#TheBody is simultaneously sprightly and entertaining AND meticulously researched and informative. Destined for a bookshelf near me. #NetGalley #arc https://www.librarything.com/work/22830044/reviews/173643631

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Too true, Bill, and well phrased. #arc #netgalley

Aimeesue I didn't even know he had a new book out! Yay! 2w
jillrhudy @Aimeesue October 15! I can‘t get through it because I get sidetracked studying all the stuff he talks about! There aren‘t many popular science books that are biology with a bunch of medical history thrown in. 2w
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1. 86, ahead of schedule! Goal is 100
2. I have 6 kids (few Littens know this anyway)
3. Bluegrass
4. July
5. Became a librarian September 2012 🙌🏻
@howjessreads #friyayintro

howjessreads What a fun anniversary! 🖐🏽 3w
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I tend to forget what a talented writer Bill Bryson is. Here he‘s writing about the brain 🧠 in his upcoming book. #netgalley #arc

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Snow White, flipped and given the “Wicked“ treatment. Gory with a lot of sex. Scared me more than Coraline, which is saying something. #graphicnovel #fairytale #retelling #nsfw #unlessyourealibrarian

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The Way I Heard It | Mike Rowe

Sometimes an author just sees the world the same way you do. Mike Rowe sees what I see, but with more kindness. His is a heart-opening and mind-expanding perspective with lots of warm humor and humility mixed in. In addition to transcripts of podcasts, Mike makes other connections from history and shares fun personal anecdotes. Expected release date 10/15. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/23366163/reviews/173595393 #humor #arc

Aimeesue Hmmmmmmm! 3w
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Old Baggage | Lissa Evans
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“Just a sketch, really” is one of the lines of the Joker played by Jack Nicholson. Aileen destroyed a ceiling and a valuable painting by passing out and leaving the bathtub running. I‘ve read a lot of justifications by drunkards but this one is the best. Poor Aileen! #humor

Aimeesue I looooooove this book. ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
DivineDiana 😂 3w
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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Taylor Jenkins Reid manages to capture every nuance of the American rock and roll myth and every line is enthralling: the writing, the producing, the addictions, the lust, the tours, the fame, the jealousy, the heartbreak, the redemption. What will the characters give—and give up—to make great art, or to have great love? All the world loves Daisy. Can she learn to love herself? #audiobook

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid

Man. This groovy audiobook has taken over my life. It was a five month wait to check it out but I won‘t have it long because I‘m obsessed. This is the second audiobook by this author to have this effect on me. Does anyone know Reese Witherspoon? Tell her that if she wants music to go with these lyrics for the TV adaptation for Amazon she should CALL NANCY WILSON ASAP.

marleed Do you have this in book format, as well? It‘s cool because the song lyrics are included! 3w
jillrhudy I don‘t at the moment but I‘ll get my hands on it soon! 3w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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“The Dutch House” starts off slow but deepens and brightens in a long slow burn of genius. It gets better and better right to the last page. Over decades, around first-person narrator Danny and his sister Maeve Conroy, connections are broken, shuffled, and reforged. Old scores get settled or fade into irrelevance. The Dutch House itself is embraced and rejected, by turns holding characters in its thrall and forgotten—almost. #arc #netgalley

Crazeedi I wondered if this was good, I have a hold on it at library 4w
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I Capture the Castle | Dodie Smith
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BookwormM One of my favourite books ever 👍😃 4w
LauraJ I love that cover too! 4w
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Vile Bodies | Evelyn Waugh
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Eyelit Love this! 4w
LeahBergen I love this cover! 4w
Nute I like it! 4w
jillrhudy @Eyelit @LeahBergen @Nute she looks like she's about to slink/sashay down the boulevard to me. 4w
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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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Not supposed to post a quote from an uncorrected proof but surely they kept this passage in! It‘s so perfect. #arc #netgalley

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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If you love to read--no, truly feel as though you were put on earth to read--Morgenstern has created a fantasy world that you'll deeply wish you could find a portal into. With sympathetic nerdy characters and engrossing (if sometimes perplexing) interpolated tales, the novel spins toward a satisfying ending. Full review at https://www.librarything.com/work/22497127/reviews/173403932 #arc

thebluestocking I cannot wait to read this!!!! 💙💙 4w
jillrhudy @thebluestocking It was a fun read! 4w
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#7days7covers #7covers7days #covercrush
Post awesome covers; no explanations. This is Day 4

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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One of the interpolated tales in this ARC has the perfect beginning. You go girl. #arc #galley #netgalley

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The Library | Sarah Stewart
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#7days7covers #7covers7days #covercrush
Every day for a week post a cover; no explanation. Jump in and play!

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Drop City | T Coraghessan Boyle, Boyle T C
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Naked hippies form a crater in this cover of Drop City. One gets the impression from the cover that things will not go as planned in paradise but along very predictable lines, given human nature and . . . nature. I love this novel; it's my favorite Boyle. #7days7covers #7covers7days #covercrush

I just saw that I'm not supposed to explain about the covers so I'll try not to explain about the next 5. Not explaining is not my thing.

LeahBergen It‘s remarkably difficult, isn‘t it?? 😮 1mo
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Cold Comfort Farm | Stella Gibbons
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Illustrator Roz Chast does Cold Comfort Farm! Jacket flaps and back cover are terrific too. #7covers7days or is it??? #7days7covers #covercrush #parody #anglophilesoflitsy @Aimeesue

Aimeesue Seth and the burbling porridge! 😂😂😂 1mo
BookNAround I love this book! “I saw something nasty behind the woodshed.” 1mo
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batsy I love this book, too. And this cover is perfect! 1mo
sudi The cover is so cute 💜 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Great article by the way 4w
Aimeesue @jillrhudy There‘s a great piece by Sarah Dillon on BBC 4‘s Open Book where she does a close read of the porridge scene. (Sorry, but she also does a piece on … Raymond Chandler‘s The Big Sleep. He continues to stalk you!) http://drsarahdillon.com/radio/bbc-radio-4-open-book-close-reading-series/ 4w
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I love all of Gladwell's analysis: I'm a fangirl. A friend says you can't mistake his correlations for causations, no matter how convincing he is. His connections between events are brilliant and he'll make you re-examine and think more deeply, but he falls back on pat advice: check your biases; listen with care to folks; know that your ability to spot liars is lousy. Even so, I keep feeling fascination. #selfhelp #thinking #history

Aimeesue Spot on! I love listening to him, but I disagree with him a lot. Some of the connections he makes, while interesting, are pretty tangential. 1mo
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Default to truth becomes an issue when we are forced to choose between two alternatives, one of which is likely and the other of which is impossible to imagine. . . . Default to truth biases us in favor of the most likely interpretation.

Aimeesue I may have issues with Gladwell's premise for this book. It's not a "default to truth." That's a "default to believing what we want to believe about people, depending on what we believe about them in the first place." Truth Default theory says that we generally believe people are telling the truth, but it leaves out WHICH people. Power dynamics play a huge role. Head intelligence agent vs suspicious subordinate involves a lot of? 1mo
Aimeesue … power issues, as does Male Doctor vs teenage girls. Scientific method says "Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence" and that's carried over to interpersonal interactions. Has for millennia. That's why "Believe women" has a real resonance these days - because in the past, we routinely deferred to power. What we see as "true" depends on who says it. (edited) 1mo
jillrhudy @Aimeesue Great points! I think he does sort of incorporate deferral to power, in that he points out that it requires even more evidence to believe that someone in power could do terrible things and has done so for years. 1mo
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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I can‘t believe #Netgalley actually sent it. Every fantasy reader wants this and it‘s been eight years since The Night Circus. #fantasy #arc #coupdetat

Book_ish I was sooooooo tempted to request an ARC of this book but I want to curl up in my most comfortable chair with a hard copy so badly I decided against it. Not sure if that was the right decision. 1mo
Scash1114 LUCKY DUCK!!! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻 1mo
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Jolted out of my book slump by this delicious novel of black humor set in the London blitz, as poignant as it is hilarious. Thanks for the recommendation @Aimeesue 💕 #anglophilesoflitsy

Aimeesue Any time! This really is a great book. 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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I‘m in the middle of a bail-a-thon. I bailed on Jeffrey Archer‘s first in his new series because the main character is flat. I bailed on “Spring” by Ali Smith because I like a political rant as much as the next gal but these are essays, not a novel. I bailed on three others this week (in comments!) I want a character to fall in love with and a gripping story, written beautifully. Ideas, Littens? Image credit: Mel Neale. #readingslump 👎🏻

jillrhudy Too intense/preachy. Not in the mood. Probably Ali Smith‘s fault. Another time I might love both! 1mo
jillrhudy I keep imagining what Alice Hoffman or Anne Tyler could do with this plot and characters that this author can‘t. Boring! 1mo
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jillrhudy @Megabooks I‘ll grab it! 1mo
Aimeesue Lissa Evans. Crooked Heart or 1mo
jillrhudy Got Crooked Heart. Kindle & audio both. 🙏 thank you 1mo
Aimeesue @jillrhudy Most welcome! But you‘re gonna want to read Old Baggage too. Sorry, not sorry. Mattie is awesome. 1mo
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The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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A great audiobook with three wonderful female readers. Deep and complex, considering the showbiz subject matter. Evelyn Hugo, an aging actress from the Golden Age of Hollywood, chooses an obscure but talented young journalist, Monique, to be her biographer. As her life story unfolds, Evelyn has more surprises up her sleeve than Monique anticipates, and Monique begins to reevaluate her own life and find courage.

Megabooks Great review! 1mo
jillrhudy @Megabooks Thanks! 1mo
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It‘s 2am and I cannot stop listening to this audiobook. Boy is it excellent. #hollywood #showbiz

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I love these main characters, and will very likely read #3, but this sequel was very inferior to the first. Sherlock Holmes continues to be superfluous. He spends most of this book missing, but the author throws in a dozen borrowed and new characters who add zilch. It‘s sooooo repetitive that each chapter reads like a new book! The plotting stinks, and the finale is flat. Only my love of Mary-Cat-Bea-Diana-Justine saves it from a pan. #fantasy

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I'm sensing a definite theme here. “Refining Felicity“ is decidedly NOT feminist, however. It's one of those Regency romances about a spirited young girl who needs a man to “tame“ her. A guilty pleasure. I was deeply inspired by “Inspired“ but liked “Lock Every Door“ the best! #augustreads

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1. Done! Sequel to “The Extraordinary Adventures of the Athena Club“ (Litsy library audiobook)
2. I plan to listen to audiobooks and get my nature fix on!
3. Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Fudge Brownie
4. I have played clarinet and dulcimer but haven't played anything in donkey's years. I'd love to take up pan flute and pennywhistle.
5. Going to like a bunch right now
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xxjenadanxx I loved European Travel! Can't wait for the next one to come out! 1mo
jillrhudy @xxjenadanxx I already have it on hold! 1mo
xxjenadanxx @jillrhudy lucky!! I wish out library let us do that in advance. 1mo
4thhouseontheleft You share a favorite 🍦 flavor with my daughter! 1mo
jillrhudy @4thhouseontheleft she's clearly a young lady of taste and distinction!
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It‘s here! Downloading! Still three months to wait for Lonesome Dove ebook and at least five to wait for Daisy Jones and the Six audiobook. #libby

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Refining Felicity | M.C. Beaton

A little very light fluff between other books. First in the School of Manners series. Initially published under the author‘s real name, Marion Chesney. #regency #romance #anglophilesoflitsy

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Sweet, funny, sad, and deeply moving in every way. Everything I expected from friends‘ recommendations and more. Gifted to me in a big #bookmail from my dear friend @Aimeesue and had her marks in the margins, making it even better. #grief #fairytales #family

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Elsa keeps her face buried in its fur all the way home. It‘s one of the very, very best thing about wurses [dogs]: they‘re waterproof. 💦 🐕

Kaila-ann I loved this book!! 2mo
jillrhudy Me too! 2mo
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Having had five home births between ‘92 and ‘01, I am ready for the feminist revolution in women‘s health care. Bring it on! I would like a little hormone therapy however! Very thorough and thought-provoking book; in places I‘d even call it radical. #feminism #health

KathyWheeler I thought about home births but because of my epilepsy my pregnancies were always considered high risk, so I chose the hospital just in case. I‘m really interested in reading this. 2mo
jillrhudy @KathyWheeler I‘ve been diagnosed with epilepsy too but I think my (rare) seizures are due to hormones and not intractable. At the time (my twenties) docs thought they were syncope. The birth stories and data in this book are tough to read. Things need to change! 2mo
KathyWheeler @jillrhudy I‘ve had it ever since I was a kid — grand mal seizures (which are apparently now called general-onset seizure), so they were easy to diagnose. Mine are very rare as well — I think it‘s been about 6 years since I last had one, and then only because I wasn‘t on medication. 2mo
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Summer - A Novel | Edith Wharton
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1. Summer by Edith Wharton
2. Swimming While Breathing - invisible gills maybe? I'd also need boosted immunity. If I were Aquawoman I could hang out with you-know-who. 😋
3. Cancer - no wonder I want swimming powers.
4. Work at the library
5. #friyayintro actually by now it's #saturyay is that a thing?
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Only so-so but truly funny. Combination road trip and memoir. I felt it lacked substance, and a point. I had fun reading it anyway. Trigger warning: she has been attacked by men a LOT. Including one who is, ahem, pretty high up in the U. S. government. As I said in the blurb, the book makes me glad I'm not a gorgeous blonde, if this is what they go through. #memoir #feminism