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Laura Hankin

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Laura Hankin is the author of HAPPY & YOU KNOW IT and the upcoming A SPECIAL PLACE FOR WOMEN. She's written for outlets like McSweeney's and HuffPost, while her musical comedy has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and more. She splits her time between New York, where she has performed off-Broadway and on onscreen, and Washington, DC, where she once fell off a treadmill twice in one day. Instagram/Twitter: @LauraHankin
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Average rating: 3.71 · 16,361 ratings · 2,142 reviews · 3 distinct worksSimilar authors
Happy & You Know It

3.72 avg rating — 15,940 ratings — published 2020 — 6 editions
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The Summertime Girls

3.52 avg rating — 386 ratings — published 2015 — 4 editions
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A Special Place for Women

4.41 avg rating — 34 ratings — expected publication 2021 — 2 editions
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A Special Place For Women

A Special Place for Women A Special Place for Women by Laura Hankin

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Hi, I wrote this! It’s wild and genre-bending and twisty, with plenty of comedy and romance (yes there IS some fake dating involved!). Think Never Been Kissed meets the insular society of The Secret History, with some Practical Magic vibes to boot. I really hope you enjoy it, and I’m more than happy to answer any questions about i Read more of this blog post »
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A Burning by Megha Majumdar
A Burning
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This one wrecked me. It's an extremely powerful exploration of what happens when society tells us we can only get ahead if other people get left behind, filled with vivid descriptions and indelible characters (particularly Lovely, whose voice JUMPS o ...more
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This was the Black Mirror meets The Truman Show crossover of my dreams. Both laugh-out-loud funny and legit terrifying, it made me want to throw away my phone (but then I obviously didn't). Set half in present day(ish) and half in 2051, Angelo just c ...more
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Recently, I fell into a mom influencer hole. (For book research! But also because I became obsessed!) These beautiful women with their well-behaved children were obviously presenting their lives as more perfect th
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Home Before Dark by Riley Sager
Home Before Dark
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YES. For whatever reason, I've been guessing the twists in the last few thrillers I've read, but this one had so many great twists that most of them took me very much by surprise. I loved that we got two stories in one, with the book alternating betw ...more
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Hi, I wrote this! It’s wild and genre-bending and twisty, with plenty of comedy and romance (yes there IS some fake dating involved!). Think Never Been Kissed meets the insular society of The Secret History, with some Practical Magic vibes to boot. I ...more
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Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
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This book was stunning. Probably the reason that the word "sweeping" was invented. Just... brutal, impossible to put down, incredibly ambitious. Each chapter follows a new character and manages to create a whole new setting and protagonist quickly an ...more
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East Coast Girls by Kerry Kletter
East Coast Girls
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East Coast Girls will make you laugh, break your heart, and have you running to the phone to call up all those old friends who made you who you are. Kerry Kletter creates characters that feel so vivid, they could jump off the page and right into your ...more
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"Yes indeed, I read this book in one day, that’s how much it pulled me in and made me want to keep reading. It’s so fun and entertaining and also super smart about body image and the way the media treats women and I loved it a lot. Anyone who watches " Read more of this review »
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“Why was there no fucking TrueDaddy? The answer was clear. Because men wouldn't fall for it. Not that they were smarter- Amara firmly believed she could trounce the average man in a battle of wits- but because they weren't primed from birth like women were, told that they could be anything they wanted to be while handicapped at every turn by invisible forces, told that they were more than just their looks while also culturally programmed to believe that their value was tied to their desirability. Men aged into silver foxes while women aged into obsolescence. And when you added in children, oh, that was when everything really went to shit. Because even though father stamped their children with their last names, the world didn't ask as much of them. No one really expected fathers to consider giving up their careers to put their children first, to stop managing a company and start managing a household. Women had to grapple with a choice that men never did while remaining uncomplaining and generous so that they didn't nag their husbands straight into the arms of uncomplicated lovers.”
Laura Hankin, Happy & You Know It

“We are all so obsessed with protecting out child, aren't we?" "That's how we got into this mess in the first place. We want to paint a lovely picture that we hang over their window to block out how the world really works, to give them these lives. And to do that, we think we need to keep ourselves perfect too. But no mother in the history of the world has been able to protect her child forever. the world barges in through the front door eventually.”
Laura Hankin, Happy & You Know It

“Or maybe Whitney could impress upon her daughter the thing that she was only beginning to learn—that women didn’t have to be perfect to be worthy.”
Laura Hankin, Happy and You Know It

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