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Bad Feminist: Essays
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"The essay "Not Here To Make Friends," a takedown of people who don't like books because of "unlikable female characters" is so relevant. Especially after reading "The Woman Upstairs" and "Gone Girl." And fascinating how people tend to attribute some sort of mental imbalance/medical reason for not being likable rather than this character just displaying actual human qualities. (Also am w Gay on Team Jessica Wakefield)" Sep 16, 2014 08:43AM

 
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"This is DENSE... I'm going to cut back on the journal-reading on my commutes since my wrists cannot take the weight! You think I'm kidding..." Mar 21, 2013 06:35AM

 

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brown girl dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
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Jessica is on page 97 of 320 of Bad Feminist: The essay "Not Here To Make Friends," a takedown of people who don't like books because of "unlikable female characters" is so relevant. Especially after reading "The Woman Upstairs" and "Gone Girl." And fascinating how people tend to attribute some sort of mental imbalance/medical reason for not being likable rather than this character just displaying actual human qualities. (Also am w Gay on Team Jessica Wakefield)
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Middlemarch by George Eliot
Middlemarch
by George Eliot
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I read this book for months, and though there were some slower parts, I really liked the novel overall. I feel very accomplished, to be honest! It's a classic that's been on my to-read list for far too long.

Regarding the book itself, I think there we...more
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Wild by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail
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Reading about Cheryl Strayed's tumultuous journey on the Pacific Crest Trail was also a journey for me as a reader. Wild made me laugh out loud (when she first tries to hoist her backpack on), cry (several times, usually regarding her reflections on...more
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Women in Clothes by Sheila Heti
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dara is on page 52 of 296 of Under the Skin: I really like his style so far. I've chuckled to myself several times. A good reminder to start reading again. Books > people? Probably.
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The Opposite of Maybe by Maddie Dawson
The Opposite of Maybe
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Joan Didion
“After that he would leave for a while, breaking things as he went, slamming doors to kick them open, picking up decanters to hurl at mirrors, detouring by way of chairs to smash them against the floor. Always when he came back he would sleep in their room, shutting the door against her. Rigid with self-pity she would lie in another room, wishing for the will to leave. Each believed the other a murderer of time, a destroyer of life itself.”
Joan Didion, Play It as It Lays

Gustave Flaubert
“Before her marriage she had thought that she had love within her grasp; but since the happiness which she had expected this love to bring her hadn’t come, she supposed she must have been mistaken. And Emma tried to imagine just what was meant, in life, by the words “bliss,” “passion,” and “rapture” - words that had seemed so beautiful to her in books.”
Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Cristina Henriquez
“Sleep was like wealth, elusive and for other people.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez
“It's in you,' my dad assured me once. 'You were born in Panamá. It's in your bones.'

I spent a lot of time trying to find it in me, but usually I couldn’t. I felt more American than anything, but even that was up for debate according to the kids at school who’d taunted me over the years, asking me if I was related to Noriega, telling me to go back through the canal. The truth was that I didn’t know which I was. I wasn’t allowed to claim the thing I felt and I didn’t feel the thing I was supposed to claim.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

Cristina Henriquez
“English was such a dense, tight language. So many hard letters, like miniature walls. Not open with vowels the way Spanish was. Our throats open, our mouths open, our hearts open. In English, the sounds were closed. They thudded to the floor. And yet, there was something magnificent about it. Profesora Shields explained that in English there was no usted, no tu. There was only one word—you. It applied to all people. No one more distant or more familiar. You. They. Me. I. Us. We. There were no words that changed from feminine to masculine and back again depending on the speaker. A person was from New York. Not a woman from New York, not a man from New York. Simply a person.”
Cristina Henriquez, The Book of Unknown Americans

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