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I'm very into any deep dive of how shitty people finally have their shit exposed, which made Catch and Kill both perfect and very bleak to read because it is not so much a book about how to take down one predator as it is a book about how different systems work together to make it very, very hard to actually do anything meaningful with regards to predators. Yes, this book is about Harvey Weinstein, but it's really much more about how trying to keep Weinstein was connected to keeping Matt Lauer where he was, which was connected to keeping other shit men where they were, and so on and so forth. ⁠

I think this book was very good, though I wish there was something structurally that was in place to help keep the names/dates in order because it does a lot of jumping around between different people and events. I realized about halfway through that I had no idea where we were in time, and that I was mixing up names, so yeah...that's my own very minor complaint.⁠

If you liked the book or want to learn more but also have other things you're currently reading (very understandable), I'd recommend checking out The Catch and Kill podcast, which has more in depth interviews with the people involved. Because each episode is focused around one particular aspect of the story, I think it's able to make some of its points a little more clearly (at least based on the first two episodes).⁠



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** book review ** The Invention of Nature (it gives his ears problems •

In the Introduction, Andrea Wulf says she had spent 10 years suffering from "Humboldt Fever" doing intense research. You can clearly tell that's true just by flipping through the massive bibliography at the back. But, it's still a "popular history" book for the layman, so it's not heavily annotated with footnotes or flooded with citations for those who are intimidated by such things. It's accessible to everyone interested in scientific history, which is one of the book's strongpoints.

Wulf was the mastermind behind the book. She wove together the life of Humboldt, his inspirations and his influences into a beautiful tale. I love how she didn't stop at von Humboldt's death, choosing instead to show how his legacy continued in the works of men like John Muir and Henry David Thoreau. The little tidbits about his wild personality made me, the reader, connect with him, especially the parts about family life and bureaucratic red tape ▪
The reason why I'm giving this a 4 instead of a 5 is for writing style. Wulf is an amazing researcher, and she knows how to organize a story.  She chose just the right events to make the story progress smoothly with overarching themes. But, the general style and word choice read like a high school textbook. It didn't amount to the magic of Humboldt's biography. I was disappointed by the fact that such a great researcher who spent so much time on her work didn't have that same magic in the text. Maybe my expectations are too high. What I think would put this book up to a 5 is if she included real excerpts from Humboldt's works rather than a few phrases here and there, giving the reader more of his "soul." •
It makes me wonder, in a situation like this, who carries the story? The individual from history, or the researcher who digs it up? And, if a book is well-researched, does that fact outweigh the simplistic writing style? •
With that aside, I highly recommend this book if you're interested in biographies or science, but you're no expert on them.


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In The Four Hats of Leadership, the author shares what he has learned about leadership from his experience in the air force. He was thrust into the role of a leader ever since he was a teenager. From his experience, the author tells us how a leader needs to play different roles for different situations, that is, put on different hats. The four hats are–Farmer’s Hat, Psychologist Hat, Military Drill Instructor Hat and Self-Care Hat.

Does everyone have to be a leader? That was the first question that came to my mind when I was first introduced to this book. I think everyone should know how to be a good listener, who learns from others and follows directions. But when they are required to lead, they should be able to do that just as well. Personally, I’m not yet the type of person who takes quick initiative but I know that I possess atleast some qualities of guiding and leading people. I was hoping for this book to provide me some insight about this. I wasn’t disappointed.

The book is more geared towards corporate workers and business owners than anyone else. However, anyone can benefit from the knowledge given in it no matter what you do professionally. While reading this book, I realized that even though I’m not leading a team or a part of any big project, there are smaller teams and smaller projects that I am a part of and even a leader, and I automatically started thinking how I can use these tips in those situations. I really liked the worksheet and quotes given at the end.

The author tells us the perfect balance of different qualities a leader should have. It is clear that the book is very smartly written. There is no sugarcoating. There is no confusion left as to what you should do or how you should be. Everything is very clearly explained.

The writing style is simple and engaging. The book is to-the-point and a quick read.
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Q. Would you consider yourself to be a leader or having leadership qualities? What according to you is a quality that a person in a leading role should have? .
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BOOK REVIEW ✨⁣⁣
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I read Una’s 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘜𝘯𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 shortly after Sohaila Abdulali’s 𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘞𝘦 𝘛𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘈𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘞𝘩𝘦𝘯 𝘞𝘦 𝘛𝘢𝘭𝘬 𝘈𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘙𝘢𝘱𝘦, during the global #16days campaign against gender based violence. It’s been quite heavy to read these books in quick succession, as they both deal with such painful subject matter. Nevertheless, I’m glad I read them in that order. I learned a lot from Abdulali’s book, as she takes on a general (primarily US and India) and personal perspective and makes use of the stories of others to illustrate convincingly that rape happens to a large variety of people and that reactions to it vary on personal, familial, cultural and national levels. ⁣⁣
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Una’s graphic novel is similar in that she combines her personal narrative with an account of the Yorkshire ripper in the UK in the 70s and 80s, and specifically the failures on the police’s end, as well as the societal responses with regard to sexual violence. Yet her interweaving of the two is so close-knit that she, to my mind, shows well how the personal and the familial & cultural can becoming indistinguishable. The illustrations reveal a similar interconnectedness, and structurally this is also emphasised: the ‘two’ narratives naturally merge into one, as she alternates between them fluidly and without marking them in any way as different. ⁣⁣
For me, reading text as well as images was new, but something I’ll definitely be more interested in from now on. When it comes to topics such as trauma, words do not always (or usually) suffice. (I encountered the same when researching narratives of mental illness). Illustrations can in that regard enrich the textual representation, by making ‘moods’ or feelings more tangible, while simultaneously allowing the author to move beyond the pressure to find the right words. ⁣⁣
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Anyway, (very) long story short: I highly recommend this graphic novel. It’s a book to come back to. ⁣⁣
This is the last day you can get 𝘉𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘜𝘯𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 with 40% off at the @myriad_editions website, using the code: 16days. 📚


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~ November Wrap-Up ~ oops my tbr for #nonfictionnovember was completely wrong...but I did read several new fav books (!!) and 3 books by people named Jenny 😂
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Sabrina & Corina by Kali Fajardo-Anstine (audio)
In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado
Without Apology by Jenny Brown
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Little Weirds by Jenny Slate
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How to Do Nothing by Jenny Odell
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Whipping Girl by Julia Serano (audio)
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Stepping Stones by Lucy Knisley
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🆕 Book morning! 📚 Ostatnio mam tyle na głowie, że prawie zapomniałam o podsumowaniu listopada. #nonfictionnovember Ach, co to był za miesiąc! Może liczba przeczytanych książek nie powala (tylko pięć), ale siła emocji, które ze sobą wniosły, bardzo.
Opinie o każdej wstawię niebawem. Dzisiaj tylko zaczepnie zapytam ➡️czy mieliście okazję przeczytać którąkolwiek z tych książek? 🔹 O pisaniu na chłodno
🔹 Niewiarygodne
🔹 Wszystkie dzieci Louisa
🔹 Miasto morderca kobiet
🔹 Polskie morderczynie

A może któraś interesuje Was szczególnie, to postaram się napisać w pierwszej kolejności. Dajcie znać w komentarzach 👍

#podsumowaniemiesiąca #przeczytanewlistopadzie


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November Wrap Up. 📚

Feast your eyes on the tasty treats I read in November. Full wrap up is up on the blog. Not quite the dizzying heights of 6 or 7 in previous months but the ones I read I enjoyed. #AmericanDirt and #TheNickelBoys were stand outs for me this month and two of my favourites of the year. #FirstintheFight was my #nonfictionnovember read, it's a stunning book with gorgeous illustrations and would make a perfect gift for Christmas. #TheTestaments, while I enjoyed it, it wasn't what I hoped for but it was a still a good read all the same. That's it folks, like I said if you want to know my inner thoughts on these head over to the blog. 📚

QOTD - How is your December reading going? What are you hoping to read before the end of the year? 📚

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(2/2)The book manages to capture it, the subtle and the extreme ends of such exploitation and that’s why it is important and necessary. It also shows the impact and toll of speaking out. It will give you clarity for yourself and episodes around you, it will feel familiar because you will have witnessed something similar and maybe didn’t give it a second thought or forcefully ignored. This book continues to break the silence and penetrate through isolation even after you’re done reading. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Read it, you might see a way through, recognise a victim or a perpetrator, take a step, or just feel empowered and hopeful. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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(1/2) My first nonfiction November read She Said chronicles the journalistic mission and its exceptional success in exposing decades of sexual harassment committed by Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. This is an important book for a number or reasons. One, it gives a detailed record, serves as a much needed reminder that powerful men(Weinstein and Kavanaugh) are not untouchable and can be held accountable for their actions. Second, it is proof of times changing; of increased sensitivity towards the meaning of words such as consent and harassment, of calling out misogynistic elements in all cultures, of boundaries, physical and verbal, being defined and safeguarded. Third it shows the necessary reclaiming of institutions such as law and journalism from furthering the interests of only men, of these forces to be used for reinforcing equality instead of the same ‘physics of power’ where women are subordinate to men.But most importantly it is about understanding the nature of workplace harassment and its severe consequences for women. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Sexual harassment is ‘pervasive’ and hard to ‘pin down’ because it is usually accepted as part of culture, of flirting, or boys being boys or powerful men being used to what they want, or worse as a sort of rite of passage for the ambitious who want to get ahead. Kantor and Twohey sensitively and meticulously lay out material from their sources and expose the culture of harassment in the entertainment industry, and how it systematically seeks to ‘silence and separate’ victims, the biggest advantage for perpetrators have in continuing to abuse their powers. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The process of silencing and separating is devastating for victims, it plays on building doubt, playing with memory, on the need to be escape and forget, internalising trauma, self-blame, guilt, humiliation, financial manipulation, social ruination, physical, verbal, social media threats and this process happens everywhere. It results in career changes, damaged self esteem and fractured familial relationships for the victim. This monstrous mechanism of harassment is subtle and persistent.


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More from my #nonfictionnovember review backlog! And it’s suffrage themed for the election this Thursday 🗳 Stay to the end for an angry election rant.
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Peterloo - Jacqueline Riding 📖 4.5 🌟
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As Riding states in her initial chapters, Peterloo is an event in UK history that 9/10 people have never heard of. And that even takes into account that this year was it’s bicentennial.
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Following the Napoleonic wars, famine and poverty were rife. The electoral system restricted the vote to men who owned land and the idea of a private ballot was laughable. Rotten boroughs were scattered throughout the country and it seemed completely acceptable that two MPs could be elected for a constituency that had one constituent, while the same number of MPs would represent hundreds of thousands of people in the North of England. It was basically fucked.
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Peterloo was a peaceful demonstration attended by tens of thousands of people, campaigning for their rights. The government response was to arrest the organisers and charge the Hussars Regiment and the Yeomanry against a civilian crowd, killing at least 18 people including children.
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This book is wonderfully researched, detailed and paced. I can see why it was saw fit to be developed into a movie as the screenplay could surely have been lifted quite easily from the pages. My only slight gripe, as is usually the case with books like this, is I wanted more. At just over 300 pages, it felt a little short to me.
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So overall, what I’d like to say is this. People died for your vote. Get to a fucking polling station on Thursday, even if it’s just to spoil your ballot. The reason the government can do absolutely despicable things with policies affecting young people is that young people don’t vote. Prove them wrong.
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📚📚📚Book review📚📚📚⁣⁣
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This book was on my unread shelf for ~8 years. Thank you to @theunreadshelf for the gentle nudge to read this one. When a book has been on my unread shelf for a long time, it's much less appealing to pick it up. So the nudge was welcome!😉⁣⁣
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I bought this book when I was OT school and quickly noticed that my fellow future health care professionals were not the most socially savvy. My undergraduate degree was in Sociology, so to come from this experience to one in which people barely considered inequalities was jarring to say the least. I bought this book as I saw it as a beacon of hope that health care professionals could be socially conscious. ⁣⁣
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This book follows Dr. Ansell in his experience working as a resident in Chicago's public hospital, Cook County Hospital. The conditions were deplorable, the resources were limited and often the patients received care primarily from medical students and residents. I found his candor and patient stories refreshing and relatable. Some parts lulled and felt disjointed but I found the overall experience enjoyable. I was alarmed how much some of the lack of resources and overall condition of the hospital reminded me of a hospital I work at. I would have appreciated more reflection on his own privilege while caring for the underserved. I give this one ⭐⭐⭐🌠⁣⁣
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"I learned a lot from the patients. I was discovering the tools of medicine from them. Many of my patients and I grew up together. They had seen me become a father for the first time, and they consoled me when my father died. I had seen their children grow up, having children themselves."⁣⁣
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Letter to my Daughter by Maya Angelou “Dedicated to the daughter she never had but sees all around her, Letter to My Daughter reveals Maya Angelou’s path to living well and living a life with meaning. Told in her own inimitable style, this book transcends genres and categories: it’s part guidebook, part memoir, part poetry- and pure delight.” I seem to be gravitating towards these “manual for life” - type, non-fiction books recently. I think it might be because I’m not in any formal education at the moment (for the first time in my life), so my subconscious is seeking out books that will teach me things 😅
This has been my favourite non-fiction read of the year so far, and I am conflicted about whether I should share it/ lend it to friends or keep it on my shelf so I can constantly return to certain passages. As someone who aspires to become a published writer one day, this book offers somewhat of a reprieve : Angelou’s accounts of how she discovered and began writing, and how it eventually led her to teaching (“I realised I was not a writer who teaches, but a teacher who writes”)
show how Angelou’s voice and talent emerged naturally and organically over time. I appreciated reading her experiences of embarrassment and humiliation, of being the subject of rumour as well as a particular instance where she had to stand up for herself to a tv producer (“In Self Defence”). It’s a wonderful insight into what formed the truly phenomenal woman that is Maya Angelou. “I have made many mistakes and no doubt will make more before I die. When I have seen pain, when I have found that my ineptness has caused displeasure, I have learned to accept my responsibility and to forgive myself first, then to apologise to anyone injured by my misreckoning.” ❤️ It’s comforting to know that even the most successful, talented and great people also make mistakes and get embarrassed sometimes 🌻


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I have been frequently thinking back to my trip to Cambodia and Laos last month. I felt such a sense of peace and simplicity there that has stayed with me.

Travel Light, Move Fast is such a fitting book and quote for my thoughts. I haven’t got far into this book yet so I cannot fully talk about it, but simply this thought of letting go of excess stuff in our life has been on my mind. The fact that simplicity can bring joy is something I saw over and over again on my trip.
I know we are all different and have various comforts and desires. But for myself I find so often that the less I am tied down and the more I seek adventure and beauty outside of my material things, the happier I am inside.

Thoughts to add? I would love to discuss!
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Just Quit Already: Day By Day Through Year One Of Retirement.

Day 162, Wed Dec 9: Enid has had a bad cold and stays home sick from work, so we sneak out and do a little shopping for stocking stuffers. I have finished up most of my Xmas shopping but have held off on a few things so that Elena and I can go on a shopping spree for her mom, to provide Elena with some of the consumerist fun.

Lentil soup for supper.

Read more at bartbecker.com and Facebook Bart Becker Projects.
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I enjoyed reading nonfiction titles during #nonfictionnovember so much that I’ve decided to keep it going. I picked up a copy of the late Diahann Carroll’s memoir from the library today. I’m two chapters in and loving the stories that she shared.
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“... I was just becoming seasoned enough to understand that less than perfect can be good enough. You learn that as you age, I think—to appreciate fully what you’re given. It’s a kind of acceptance that can bring peace, even to an overly ambitious perfectionist like me.” .
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Just finished this audiobook. It was lovely. I have a bias toward travel writing, art discussions, introspective meditations and this has all of those elements. A lovely continuation of the #nonfictionnovember joy and a nice follow up to the John Berger book I just read- Ways of Seeing. Plus, Tuscany. I mean... .
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“The purely economic man is indeed close to being a social moron. Economic theory has been much preoccupied with this rational fool.” - Misbehaving, by Richard Thaler.
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Today I bring you a little bit of #mondaymotivation combined with some #nonfictionnovember and my review for Misbehaving. Yes, I know, it’s December already, but you know how reliable I can be when it comes to reviews.

Speaking of nonfic, have you added some new favorites this year? Or you’re not really that into #nonfiction?
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Misbehaving is the story of how behavioral economics, a new and seemingly radical branch of economics, came to be. While it isn't a collection of studies, hypotheses and analysis, Thaler mentions more than a couple important discoveries from those early days to make a point whenever necessary. This is an account of plenty of little anomalies that resulted in a new discipline.

For those not too well-versed in economic theory, suffice it to say that one of its foundations is the assumption that we, humans, are rational creatures - and not just rational, but completely rational: at all times and under any and all circumstances. Quite the wild assumption, huh? Well, behavioral economics puts economics' main assumption to the test and proposes that, surprise surprise, we're not.

I know that economics isn’t the most thrilling of topics on any given day, and a book about how some of the theory came to be isn’t exactly a page-turner. But, believe it or not, behavioral economics can be more interesting than your run-of-the-mill economics. Ever since I read Emotional Intelligence and then Thinking, Fast and Slow, I’ve been fascinated by seemingly harmless cognitive errors and the role that psychology, emotion, culture and social factors play when we’re making day-to-day decisions - and this is precisely what behavioral economics studies.

You really don’t need to be an economist (or knowing all that much about economic theory for that matter) to understand and enjoy this book. If you’re curious about just how irrational we humans can be and wonder why we make so many silly decisions day in and day out, you may wanna give this book a shot.

#lavidaenreviews: 4⭐️


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Wild Game 🦆⁣

A huge shout out to @audible for a free audiobook of this title! #audibleambassador

When picking another #NonfictionNovember book, I went to the lovely bookstagram community for recs and both @sfbookgirl and @thatsoestelle RAVED about this book.⁣

First impression: how is this a true story?!?!⁣

This book read sooo much like fiction. Some of the parts were so INSANE that it kept making me forget that this is actually something someone went thru IN REAL LIFE! 😲⁣
It really shows the power of influence in your teens, the bond of a mother and daughter, and the way your past can have influence over your future. ⁣

This book has me searching for more memoirs just like it so if you have any recs send them my way!! ⁣
And thanks again to my girls C and E for the recommendation! I’ll read whatever books you guys think are good any day 😂⁣

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‘How are you supposed to finish law school if you’re just ordering hot water and lemon? How are you supposed to be a rock star or a venture capitalist and have the body of the model they date?’ - Beauty // Bri Lee....
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Ok, so I am definitely a little biased and was pre-destined to love this book as a fan of Bri Lee’s first book Eggshell Skull and the fact she is a local Brisbane author. I thoroughly enjoyed this reflective long form essay. I felt the last third of the essay was really where things get going as Lee delves further into the broader discussion of beauty standards (predominantly focussing on thinness in this case) in our larger society. I found her discussion of thinness as it pertains to perception of wealth and self care incredibly perceptive and well articulated, but this is where the book ends. Luckily for me I got to hear the conversation continued at the Avid reader Beauty book launch. Although short and only one modicum of the conversation Beauty is an important read, as is any book that sheds a light on the ridiculous and dangerous nature of societies standards. .
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When was the last time you heard a Muslim woman speak for herself without a filter?
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I’ve learned so much from this collection of essay, mostly about the Islam and the differences between ‘cultural’ Islam and Islam as a religion. These essays are smart, funny, heartbreaking, warm, angry and thought-provoking.
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REVIEW - The Tent, the Bucket and Me: My Family's Disastrous Attempts to Go Camping in the 70s
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Well, wasn't this a joy to read... 😂 If I had to describe it in a nutshell, I'd probably go with: "This is what you get if you put Caitlin Moran and Bill Bryson in a blender, magically form the resulting mixture into a small girl, time travel to the seventies, send her on a bunch of really crap holidays for ten years, then when she grows up make her write about them." Indeed, the book does pretty much what it says on the tin. There's a tent. There's a pink bucket. There's a slightly eccentric but undeniably tight-knit family. And shit goes DOWN. Often literally.

Now, I've never had a holiday like these. I wasn't alive in the seventies. I've never been camping. But if you've ever been on, say, a caravan holiday, or sat behind a windbreak on a beach eating faintly sandy sandwiches, or tramped the clifftops in the rain, or had any kind of bodily function... mishap... on a trip, you'll still find something to relate to in here.
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If you can’t relate? Well, you can always laugh hysterically. The Kennedys try so optimistically to have a good time year after year, in Wales, in France - wherever they feel they might outrun their bad luck - while all the while the Holiday Gods are lurking malevolently around every corner wielding everything from bad prawns and freak storms to local madmen and dead sheep.

It's a very, very funny book - although I found I enjoyed it more when I read one holiday/year at a time rather than running them together - and they definitely got better and better as the book went on. I've been recommending it to everyone in my family, and as a BONUS recommendation for potential readers and non-readers alike: if you ever meet Emma Kennedy, whatever you do just... don't go on holiday with her. 🏕
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SOURCE: Our old bookshop, maybe?! .
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Without Apology by Jenny Brown - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫
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“It took a movement analyzing our conditions and studying our history to say, ‘Restrictions on abortion and birth control are deliberate actions taken by people who are benefitting at our expense. They’re part of a larger pattern of oppression and exploitation aimed at making our reproductive labor cheap or free.’ But instead, our movement has been saying, ‘This is a very personal decision.’”
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This is a short but powerful book. In <200 pages, Brown takes a historical approach to review how we got to the current state of abortion in America, then lays out strategies for moving forward. This book would be good for a variety of audiences: she reviews the basics of abortion rights, but also presents fresh arguments and covers plenty of ground that I was not familiar with.
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Brown pushes the reader to think more radically about how we can push for affordable legalized abortion. I found it really helpful when she outlined and rebutted various “unhelpful arguments” that are often made during mainstream discussions of abortion, e.g. “abortion is about individual choice,” “abortion is not political--legislators should stop ‘politicizing’ abortion.” The ideas laid out in the strategy section are bold, but grounded in similar strategies used in past reproductive justice success stories in America and Ireland.
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This is one book in a collaboration between @versobooks and @jacobinmag. The series is meant to be a way to present history and ideas of the Left in short, accessible ways. I would love to check out some of the others in this series in the future. I’m also excited to read Brown’s first book, Birth Strike!
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Have you read any short books with a big impact lately? .
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✨ BEST BOOK REVIEW CONTEST ✨

ENTRY 35
REVIEWER - @shewillreadit

Reposted from @shewillreadit - QOTD- How will you feel if you find yourself standing around in a red light area/among sex workers?

#nonfictionnovember

Daughters Of The Brothel

It's a non fiction. The author has very beautifully penned down all the true stories of Delhi's famous Red Light Area. The book is based upon the lives of sex workers and also it gives a glimpse of the Transgender lives. There are various stories in it which are dark and tormented. The lives of sex workers, how they live in this area and how they work all re mentioned here. The author himself has made conversations with them and encountered the miseries and tortures of their life by visiting them at G.B. Road in Delhi.

This stories will make you feel devastated and you will make you think again of speaking something ill about the sex workers residing. The author also showed us the journey of one transgender and how they are treated and misbehaved by the civilians, and also gave an insight of their world. It also introduced us to the custom of practising Devdasis and the communities who practices prostitution as a tradition.

Well narrated. The cover and the title truly justifies the theme of the book. The author had done a great work by writing something which should be known to all human beings. I truly appreciate his work and would love to read more. One will remain hooked untill the end and also one can relate to the stories and can feel the pain. Definitely a must read.

Author- Deepak Yadav @mr.bigfoot77

Format- Paperback

Publishers- @bigfoot_publications

Thanks For the review copy- @_biblio.bing_

Rating- 5⃣/5⃣

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Well, #nonfictionnovember came and went and I was only able to finish two books 😩. Working two jobs is the worst and totally getting in the way of my reading time. I’m hoping December will be better!
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I love Christmas so I had so much fun staging #royalholiday by @jasminepics! Can’t wait to finish this book!
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After I found #PolygamistsDaughter I found @tyndalehouse publishing and let me just say some of their books look so amazing! I can’t wait to get to more - no this isn’t sponsored, I just am loving them! So I picked up this one on Black Friday weekend! ———A child disappears . . .
a foster mom faces an impossible choice . . .
a baby’s future hangs in the balance. 🍋⭐️🍋⭐️🍋⭐️🍋⭐️🍋⭐️🍋⭐️🍋⭐️🍋⭐️
QOTD: What books are on your Christmas list? Or what do you want to read before 2020?
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I think I’m having a #nonfictionnovember hangover because now I’m in this weird space where I keep buying/checking out nonfiction books, but judging by how long it’s taking me to read Atomic Habits, I actually think I’m pretty burnt out on nonfiction. I love a good political read (especially when it’s by someone from within the White House who absolutely should not be writing about the White House), but I think I’ll read a few fiction titles before picking up this or any other nonfiction book. Maybe this is a sign that I should finally start The Handmaid’s Tale???
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