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The Work Wife by Alison B. Hart - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781525899768
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Published: Graydon House - July 19th, 2022

A golden feminist-fiction debut! Three women–the wife, the work wife, and the former wife of a big-time Hollywood director–each prepare themselves for a long day filled with speeches, pitches and an extravagant Hollywood party where their worlds collide and ugly truths enter the limelight. I was blown away with the amount of character, depth, and deep understanding of the emotional and physical abuse that women have suffered through for a chance at stardom in Hollywood. This book is a very fiery reminder that the #MeToo movement is still as impactful as when it started in 2017, and there are still a lot of silent voices–not just victims, voices–waiting to be heard, to be recognized, to become. You’ll want to finish this in one swoop. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


Communion: The Female Search for Love (Love Song to the Nation #2) by bell hooks - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780060938291
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - December 24th, 2002

I recommend reading this after All About Love. Thoughtful, honest, and gently challenging, bell hooks picks up some of the threads of All About Love and continues guiding us further along the path to healing and wholeness, in our hearts and in our selves. ~ Reviewed by Arabella Peterson


My Body by Emily Ratajkowski - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781250817860
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Published: Metropolitan Books - November 9th, 2021

My Body is an empowered collection of essays about Emily’s personal experiences in the modeling industry and how the commodification of her body has affected her as a woman in a society dominated by powerful men. These essays did a wonderful job exploring female power and sexuality, and the ways that our bodies can be taken advantage of in both obvious and subtle ways. Emily discusses the abuse and mistreatment that has impacted her as a model and as a woman, and emphasizes everything that she had to sacrifice for her career- including the rights to her own body. ~ Reviewed by Madison Gallup


Women and Other Monsters: Building a New Mythology by Jess Zimmerman - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780807054932
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Published: Beacon Press - March 9th, 2021

Women and Other Monsters is a pure, unadulterated, feminist read analyzing female monsters from Greek mythology and comparing them to women today. The goal in doing so is to help women reclaim what they've originally been told is "monstrous" (mostly by men). To see that anger, hunger, ambition, and sexual desires are not inherently bad, in fact they could be their greatest strengths. It is a powerful analysis, perfect for anyone looking for a new feminist read, or fans of mythology. ~ Reviewed by Cassidy Washburn


Ace: What Asexuality Reveals About Desire, Society, and the Meaning of Sex by Angela Chen - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780807013793
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Published: Beacon Press - September 15th, 2020

Angela Chen does a wonderful job writing about the ace experience from so many different walks of life. Ace really shows the gray areas of the ace spectrum that even many ace people get confused about through their discovery journeys. This book really made me feel seen and validated as someone who is asexual and does not fit the norms of society. Anyone who is wanting more knowledge on all different parts of the ace spectrum should really pick up this book. ~ Reviewed by Jules Wagner


Cassandra Speaks: When Women Are the Storytellers, the Human Story Changes by Elizabeth Lesser - Book Review

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ISBN: 9780062887184
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Published: Harper Wave - September 15th, 2020

My eyes are now open to the contained and false nature of mythologies and tales about women since the beginning of written language, and how they have warped society's view of women, thanks to Elizabeth Lesser's thorough, truth-revealing book Cassandra Speaks. Why is Eve the embodiment of sin for eating the apple? Why is Pandora to blame for having and opening the box? What if women had been the storytellers of the centuries, and how would that have shaped the worldview on women and their place in the world?
We are all Cassandra, and we have been weighed down by countless male-authored tales that depict women as deceitful, sinning devils meant to be controlled and silenced. Partly a humble memoir, partly a social commentary, Lesser puts new spins on these stories of the past and looks forward to a future where women and men can be the kind of heroes that need not violence and domination to “win,” but instead love, compassion and communication. A great companion read for fans of Glennon Doyle’s Untamed--I guarantee you feel as if you’re breathing new, lightened air after the last page. ~ Reviewed by Kirstin Swartz


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