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Gina rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Midwife by Jennifer Worth
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This really is not as much about midwifery as it is about the public health system in postwar England, and the very very bad conditions that many people lived in at that time. People were poor, and England was bombed out and struggling, and on top of ...more
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The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
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I can't really overstate how much this book upset and disturbed me. It's hardly a big reveal that life as a woman in Afghanistan is terrible, but this made the true nightmare of it come alive for me. It is like The Handmaid's Tale not in some dystopi ...more
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The Bishop’s Wife by Mette Ivie Harrison
The Bishop’s Wife
by Mette Ivie Harrison
read in February, 2015
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The most unfortunate thing about this book is that the writing is so clunky. I'm not a real fan of the mystery genre in general, and partly I think my distaste is a genre thing. But so little felt real to me. If she hadn't told me explicitly, for exa ...more
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Outline by Rachel Cusk
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America's Bitter Pill by Steven Brill
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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
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A fascinating inside look into a region of Pakistan and how the Taliban and government influences played out there. Spoiler: both are horrible. It is very sad for Malala and her family, who love their homeland. But if people are going to shoot you in ...more
Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado
" Jacob wrote: "I saw that in a few other reviews, and am not surprised. I grew up where I was around a lot of that, so I can certainly deal with it in ...more"
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I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
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The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
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Such a feel-good, triumphant book! A group of hardworking, small town Western boys go and beat the east coast elites in rowing, and then go and beat the Nazis in the 1936 Olympics! Against all odds! And right under Hitler's nose! Hooray! Also, it is ...more
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Hand to Mouth by Linda Tirado
Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America
by Linda Tirado (Goodreads Author)
read in January, 2015
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Sigh. I read this just wanting to love it. I'm one of those bleeding heart liberals who just love to find validation that the system is super rigged against poor people. I've led an enormously privileged life myself and carry all this guilt that I li ...more
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