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steph_phanie

steph_phanie

Joined March 2017

Avid reader, traveler, and binger of Netflix. 📚✈📺
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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Mehso-so

I didn't LOVE it, hence the So-So.

Last year I read Disfigured: On Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space by Amanda Leduc. I felt echoes of that work here. The idea of reclaiming these old sexist and ableist tales is enticing. However, a Spindle Splintered just missed the mark for me. I almost think the brevity of it is what holds it back. I would have preferred the story and characters a bit more fleshed out. Beautiful cover and artwork. ⭐⭐⭐

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Persist | Elizabeth Warren
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I bought this as a gift for my step-mom, and decided to first flip through and read a bit at random to make sure it was worth giving.

Before I knew it, I'd read a full chapter (30+ pages). Then another chapter.

After a couple of hours, I realized I'd read the intro and the last 1/3 of the book! How could I not just go back and read everything in between?? So that's exactly what I did!

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My favorite angel wrote a book of poems, and so far I'm quite touched! 💙

#poetry #spn #mishacollins

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Pumpkinheads | Rainbow Rowell
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Such a cute story about best friends who have spent every fall of their high school years working in the local pumpkin patch. It's senior year and their last night in the patch, so they have to make the time count!

It's a sweet reflection on friendship and what connects people. Loved the illustrations!

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I picked this specifically for my weekend travel, and to bring a bit of horror to my reading list just in time for Halloween.

The author has nicely wrapped up elements of classic Gothic fiction with "botanical horror" (a phrase I've just recently learned) and tucked them into the shadows of a crumbling mansion and abandoned mine.

I found it to be creepy and delightful, albeit not unpredictable. Would be excellent for a rainy day read!

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The collection of experiences in this book are so moving and so maddening to read. The hoops people have to jump through, the lies and abuse they endure, and the misconceptions and deception that exist around abortion are insane. The Catholic Church's takeover of hospitals and thus its interference in truly ethical care is horrifying.

After reading this, I have many questions for my mom – a Catholic-raised OB/GYN who is firmly pro-choice.

steph_phanie I would have given it 5⭐ but it needs some editing, which sadly detracts from the importance of the book. 1mo
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The first story, about a woman from Austin, includes much about the fight over abortion in TX. This book was published in 2020. Reading it now is tough. The author recounts the battles in TX, but remains hopeful for the future...I wonder what she would have to say now.

The introduction was filled with great information, science, and history surrounding abortion and sexual reproduction justice. Quite eye-opening, angering, and moving so far.

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𝗛𝗲 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗮𝗻.
𝘿𝙤𝙣'𝙩 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙞𝙨𝙝 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙬𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚? 𝗶𝘁 𝘄𝗵𝗶𝘀𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗲𝗱.
𝗬𝗲𝘀.
𝗬𝗲𝘀, 𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗶𝗱.
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Y'all, this charmed my socks off! The antichrist, a gnome, a wyvern, a forest sprite, a shifter, a child of unknown origin, the mysterious master of the house, beloved Ms. Chapelwhite, and a man used to a rainy routine. I came to love them all, and yes, I wish I was there! 💙💙💙

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The Bluest Eye | Toni Morrison
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⚠️https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/southlake-texas-anti-racist-book-school-library-rcna2734

'“One of the questions we‘re supposed to ask is ‘Does the writer have a neutral stance on the topic?‘” the teacher said. “Well, if you are Toni Morrison, how can you have a neutral stance toward racism? Now history is being depicted through this rose-colored lens, and all of this is creating a chilling effect that‘s going to hurt our students.”'

TrishB What a terrible statement! 2mo
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I woke up before my alarm today, and decided to meet the morning head on rather than try to return to sleep.

I hadn't planned to start another book until I caught up on some of my other commitments, but while slipping on my sweats and house shoes, I decided it was high time to pull this out of my TBR stack.

#goodmorning #newread #socialscience #healthcare #abortion

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Euphoria | Lily King
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From Charles King to Lily King. From a nonfiction about Margaret Mead (among others) to a fiction inspired by her fieldwork, romance, and madness in Papua New Guinea!

While reading Gods of the Upper Air, I stumbled upon Euphoria by accident and knew it had to come next - TBR pile be damned!

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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ I highly recommend this! Such timely and important work!
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𝘎𝘰𝘥𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘜𝘱𝘱𝘦𝘳 𝘈𝘪𝘳 is about a small group of anthropologists, all inspired and anchored by Franz Boas, who worked passionately and tirelessly to ultimately dismantle what science and policy of the time held dear: that our worth and our abilities are defined by our race, our sex, and our nationality.

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steph_phanie It is about imperfect women and men trying to perfect our understanding of what it means to be human and to be part of a society, a belief system, and a culture.

It follows them into the field as they study people both near and far, and documents how this fieldwork led to everything from revolutionary ideas that reshaped law and education, to widely-read works of literature like 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘌𝘺𝘦𝘴 𝘞𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘞𝘢𝘵𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘎𝘰𝘥.
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steph_phanie This book takes a long look at racism and the "science" used to weaponize it in the United States and abroad. It tells of the policies and practices that influenced the Holocaust and WWII, and how anthropological work guided our post-war occupation of Japan.

Charles King compiles all this into a manuscript that reads more like a story; one interspersed with excerpts from personal correspondence, professional works, and photographs. I found it very captivating, sometimes comical, and often upsetting. Adventures in Papua New Guinea get a bit dark, competition between former lovers/scientific rivals leads to everlasting bitterness, and the way in which some of this text mirrors today's America is impossible to ignore.
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steph_phanie All this research and retelling culminates in one thought, which I'll borrow not from the author but from SMU's Human Rights professor, Dr. Halperin: 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙨 𝙣𝙤 𝙨𝙪𝙘𝙝 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙨 𝙖 𝙡𝙚𝙨𝙨𝙚𝙧 𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙨𝙤𝙣.

#science #socialtheory #anthropology #racism #sex #highlyrecommend #greatread
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Untitled | Unknown
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Saw this and thought it was a good reminder.

For me, success and mental health rely heavily on making time to read. I find that when I go through "dry spells" of reading, I am more easily vexed, higher stressed, and less interested in socializing. This ultimately affects my attitude at work and at home. You can't pour from an empty cup!

JamieArc This is helpful! 2mo
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I had an unexpected laugh this morning!

After discussing Edward Sapir's criticism of Margaret Mead (his former lover, who ultimately rejected him) via a "thinly veiled attack on 'free women' who failed to understand that jealousy was a universal human emotion", Charles King wrote:

"Mead responded in kind. Jealousy, she said in her own article on the subject, was in her experience frequently found among old men with small endowments." (p. 246) ?

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What is it about a person eating alone and reading a book that says "talk to me about anything and everything"??

Took myself out to a late lunch, thinking I could squeeze in some reading (I am so into the tagged book) but NOOOOO...my waiter wants to talk to me about the Gabby Petito case!

I literally had my face in my book, and he came up and asked, "So are you following that girl's case?" ?

Photo of my fabulous Nutella & banana crepe.

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"Every society trains itself to see categories. Whom you love, whom you hate, the kind of person you'd be disgusted to see your daughter marry—none of these problems follow universal rules of attraction or repulsion. They are instead notions fired in the crucible of culture. The mobilization of sham science to justify bigotry might be said to be a deep characteristic of only one culture: that of the developed West." (p. 179)

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This book is right up my alley! My little world-traveling heart and anthropology minor self are loving it so far! Particularly the revelation of "Herzensbildung" being interpreted here as "the training of one's heart to see the humanity of another."

That is the main reason I so love to travel and to encourage others to do so. As King writes of Boas, "changing his place in the world had changed his perspective on it."

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I finished this a month ago while visiting one of my favorite places on Earth: Northern Michigan, particularly Leelanau County and the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. How appropriate.
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⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ An excellent and thrilling read about the history of the Great Lakes, of man's attempt to control them in the name of trade and travel, society's fight for ownership of and access to water, the threats to our lakes, and the resilience of nature.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐½ - Wow. At first, I wasn't sure what I was reading. I had some doubts. But by the middle of the second chapter I was #hooked! I was so moved by everything from that point forward. The tenderness, love, sorrow, and joy expressed in these pages is enchanting.

Kawaguchi's tale explores relationships, regret, and the power of love and the human heart. His writing is as magical as the seat in which his characters travel through time. ❤

steph_phanie @BookwormM I didn't realize there was a second! Thanks! 3mo
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Wonderful! An easy read. Full of heart and hope, despite the darkness our young Adunni faces. A celebration of young women, friendship, and the power of education and perseverance. A lesson in speaking and seeking the truth, and knowing one's worth is not defined by one's class, sex, or past. Lovely writing. Definitely recommend!

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"I tear to pieces the paper, and throw it to the floor. Then I swim deep inside the river of my soul, find the key from where it is sitting, full of rust, at the bottom of the river, and open the lock. I kneel down beside my bed, close my eyes, turn myself into a cup, and pour the memory out of me. [...] & when I finish writing, I feel weak, as if I just finished swimming a wide ocean with half of my body: one hand, one leg, one nostril." (p. 275)

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"The Balogun market is one long stretch of street, full of so many people and noise. I think that maybe God pack a whole city inside a suitcase, travel to this street, open the suitcase, and let the whole city out. Every single noise in the world must be sounding right here, right now, at the same time: I hear the peen, peen from cars, the meh of goats, "Allah hu Akbar" and "Praise the Lord" from the loudspeakers..." (p. 266)

Love this imagery!

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Started this today! In love and aching so much for Adunni, our young protagonist, already.

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Quick review: I quite enjoyed this approach to dystopian literature even though at times it was difficult to wrap my head and my imagination around what was happening. However, after reading reviews and polling my friends about the rest of the trilogy, I have decided to leave it here. The resounding message was that books 2 and 3 are unsatisfying and not worth my time. Guess I'll Google what the hell was going on. ⭐⭐⭐½ - still a Pick on its own.

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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I really enjoyed this! Didn't think I would ever describe a #murder #mystery as cozy, funny, and quirky, but that's what it is! The characters were a hoot. The friendship was vibrant. And the adventures had me ready to pack my own bags and join the gang at Coopers Chase!
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"The journey passes very pleasantly. The sun is up, the skies are blue, and murder is in the air." (p. 65)

#thethursdaymurderclub #richardosman #justfinished

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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Some wise advice from Joyce on page 97!

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Wayyy behind on my TBR pile, but I ordered new books anyway! 😆😇📚 #canthelpmyself #bookmail #tbr

Particularly looking forward to the tagged book!

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Loving my new book sleeve! #puffins
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For the last 2 months I haven't done a good job of making time to read. I began to notice I was needing that "me" time and a break from the work and world around me. So for the past 2 weeks I have woken up whenever the kitten wakes me, rather than try to keep sleeping, and have used that time to make a pot of coffee and read until I need to get ready for work! It has been very rewarding!

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Outstanding debut novel! All of my emotions ran high while reading this, and it still haunts me a week later. Definitely one of the best books I have read this year!

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I started a new book this morning, then my cat tried to eat it. 😼📚🥺 #catmom #bookdamage #currentlyreading

KristenDuck That is so funny! I used to have a cat who would chew the corners of my books too!! 1y
JamieArc Great book! 1y
BarbaraBB I am curious about that book! 1y
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I think it's an important read, particularly for those who may have never before considered the relationship between art, disability, preconception, and real life.
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Favorite quote:
"And when you train people to understand that they have worth simply through being who they are – that a life that is different from the norm has just as much value as any other life – what kind of world-shaking magic happens then?" (p. 224)

Can you imagine?! ?❤?

steph_phanie A close second: "In this world, there is no need for a wheelchair ramp because hardly anyone who wins an award will need one to get onstage. But what if we took it for granted that anyone, regardless of ability, might be able to achieve, and built our stages and environments accordingly?" (Leduc 231) 1y
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Taking my time with this one and making notes as I go. Not too far into it, but already one I'd recommend!

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Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
A coming-of-age memoir about a young, black, gay man trying to understand himself and make space for himself in his family and in the world. It is set largely in Texas and Kentucky.
Saeed Jones is a beautiful writer. His heart and soul were laid bare on these pages.

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I watched this movie in one of my high school Spanish classes and intended to read the book soon after, but I never did.

Now, some 13 or 14 years later, I can finally mark it as read! A totally weird but oddly sweet novel about love ultimately wining. Couldn't quite mark it as a Pick and So-So does it no justice, so I chose not to officially review it.

If you want to be charmed but also bewildered, then this short little novel may be for you!

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"In retrospect, I think I didn't feel as if a burden had been lifted because my being gay was never actually the burden. There was still so much I hadn't told my mother, so much I knew that I would probably never tell her. I had come out to my mother as a gay man, but within minutes, I realized I had not come out to her as myself." (p. 97-98)
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That last sentence!

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"Just as some cultures have a hundred words for "snow," there should be a hundred words in our language for all the ways a black boy can lie awake at night." (p.24) ?

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All There Is | Dan Kovacs
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This one is special! My friend wrote and self-published this! It's his 4th book, but it's the first one he is really "putting out there" to measure the response and see if he can make a career of this. He left his pretty great corporate job to focus on writing, and I really want to see him succeed! ✍
My goal is to give a fair and honest review. I first heard the idea for this book at dinner a year or so ago, and I'm stoked to see it play out. ?

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I wasn't sure what to expect going in, as the only #ShirleyJackson I'd ever read was The Lottery, and that was ages ago in school!

I really liked it! It was a bit creepy and unnerving, but not scary. I hated Charles as much as Merricat, and found myself laughing with Constance by the end. Jonas the #cat and Uncle Julian were my favorites. 😅 Strangest thing I have read in a while, for sure!

📸: Moana and her fictional look-alike, Jonas.

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I had planned to binge some old episodes of The Amazing Race, but I'm starting this instead!

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Plainsong | Kent Haruf
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Highly #recommend! Plainsong is a quiet, endearing novel about life in a small town. It follows an oddball cast of characters over the course of a school year. Gotta love the McPheron brothers! Because of them, I am shelving this right next to A Man Called Ove. 💙

I absolutely want to read more by #KentHaruf. Anyone care to recommend which of his books I should read next? Any you particularly love?

Thousand-Lives I‘ve been meaning to read this. I think I will bump it up on my list! I loved (edited) 1y
steph_phanie @Thousand-Lives ooh thanks! I will check it out! 1y
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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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Finished last night! It reads a bit like a diary of stray thoughts. Nelson reflects on her love for the color blue, the ending of a relationship and her ensuing depression, and a friend's struggle after a tragic accident. It felt both familiar and strange. Many times I put the book down to look up an unfamiliar word, a work of art, or some other thing I hadn't before heard of, which I enjoyed! Likely a reread.
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Somewhere between Pick and So-So.

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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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This is one of those books you could return to, and, given your current circumstances or mood, discover something new both about yourself and the author's journey.

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Bluets | Maggie Nelson
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After the rough ride that was The Sport of Kings, I am really looking forward to this change of pace. (Yep, all the riding puns 😜) Poetry? Prose? Essays? What do YOU call Bluets?

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The Sport of Kings | C. E. Morgan
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If you want to drown in the darkness of a Southern family saga, then this is for you. Spoilers below.

Morgan is talented, yes. Her commentary about slavery, racism, classism, patriarchy, etc is important. It should be uncomfortable. But I clawed my way to the end of this LONG book, foolishly hoping someone, anyone, would be redeemed or get justice! But no! Everyone was bound by their bodies and their own ego to an awful end! Even the horses!

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The Sport of Kings | C. E. Morgan
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It's really hard to read when your book is being used as a pillow!

Real talk: I am struggling with this book. There are parts I get totally engrossed in, but then parts/characters that completely turn me off and make it hard to keep going. I will finish it, but I don't think I'd read anything else by C. E. Morgan.

I am almost half way through. Does it get better? #bookstruggle #thesportofkings #CEMorgan

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The Sport of Kings | C. E. Morgan
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It's been sitting in my TBR pile for a couple years. Time to give it a go! 🐎

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Witches, Midwives & Nurses: A History of Women Healers | Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English

In 14th century France, the upperclass female healers were the first targeted...
"Six witnesses affirmed that Jacoba had cured them, even after numerous doctors had given up, and one patient declared that she was wiser in the art of surgery and medicine than any master physician or surgeon in Paris. But these testimonials were used against her, for the charge was not that she was incompetent, but that—as a woman—she dared to cure at all." (p. 55)

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Witches, Midwives & Nurses: A History of Women Healers | Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English
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How dare a woman do these things! What on earth were we thinking! 🤦‍♀️ Sex? Organization? The desire to heal or help others give birth? SO DANGEROUS!

#sarcasm #feminism #feminist #currentlyreading #witches #midwives #nurses #women

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Witches, Midwives & Nurses: A History of Women Healers | Barbara Ehrenreich, Deirdre English
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This morning I struggled picking what to read next. Do I go with something that has been in my TBR pile for way too long? Or something that has just arrived? I even had my tablet in there for good measure.

In the end I picked a new arrival and a short read: Witches, Midwives, & Nurses!

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The Glass Hotel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Side note - How did I only just realize that a cookbook stand would also allow me to continue reading while preparing dinner???

rather_be_reading love that!! 1y
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