Book Review: Shrill

Overview: Shrill When a friend of mine sent me a photo of Shrill and told me it was amazing, something about the cover gave me a sense of deja-vu. Then it clicked: Lindy West, the author, regularly blogs on Jezebel about feminism, reproductive rights, body positivity, and media’s compliance in the Internet troll culture. These issues are at…

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Book Review: Dead Wake

Overview I’ve mentioned my fanatical love for all things Titanic in previous posts. As a pre-teen in 1997, I was ripe to pledge my undying fealty to Leomania. In addition to my attraction to Leonardo DiCaprio’s non-threatening good looks, the stories of the Titanic‘s passengers and the ship itself engaged my interest. This interest extended to…

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Book Review: The Feminist Utopia Project

The Feminist Utopia Project Overview The Feminist Utopia Project, edited by Alexandra Brodsky and Rachel Kauder Nalebuff, begins with a short but powerful declaration: “We want more.” In the fifty-seven pieces that follow, feminists present their views on the components of a feminist utopia. These views are expressed through art, poetry, photos, interviews, short fictional…

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Book Review: Turning the Tables

Turning the Tables Overview Teresa Giudice has gone from being famous for her table-flip in Season One of The Real Housewives of New Jersey to notorious as a convicted felon. After spending six seasons throwing money around to build and furnish her lavish home and buying her four daughters everything they could ever want, Teresa was sentenced to fifteen months…

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Book Review: Fates and Furies

Overview Lotto and Mathilde rush into marriage after a two-week courtship, barely more than strangers. The recent college graduates move to New York City, hoping to jump-start Lotto’s acting career. With Mathilde’s help, Lotto realizes his talents lie in playwriting and goes on to find critical acclaim and fame with his plays over the next decade. Lotto…

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Book Review: Redefining Realness

Overview In Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet Mock tells the story of her childhood–spent between Hawaii with her mother and the mainland U.S. with her father–living in poverty and being exposed to the harsh realities of drug use, domestic violence, and infidelity. While coping with these hardships at a young age, she…

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Book Review: The Nightingale

Overview Ever since their mother’s death years ago, Vianne and Isabelle have known struggle and heartbreak. Sent away to boarding school by their father, whose spirits faltered after fighting in World War I and losing his wife, the girls clung to each other until Vianne got pregnant and married her boyfriend, Antoine. Isabelle, cast out by both…

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