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message 1: by Katelyn, Our Shared Shelf Moderator (last edited Jan 29, 2017 01:47PM) (new)

Katelyn (katelynrh) | 836 comments Mod
Hello all,

We're implementing a new system for recommending books!

How To Suggest a Book
1. **Check if the book you would like to suggest is already on the shelf.** It will make moderators' jobs easier if you do us this favor before making a suggestion, and we would really appreciate it. You can do this by clicking Bookshelf in the top right corner of the group underneath the logo and searching for the book using the search bar in the top left corner. If the book is already on the shelf, it will appear faded in gray.

2. Comment on this thread with your book suggestions with title and author. Please do not recommend an author's entire body of work without specifying titles for us.

3. Moderators will check this thread regularly and add member suggestions to the bookshelf.

4. Comments will be deleted from this thread as the books suggested are added to the shelf in the interest of keeping the thread easy to navigate and sort through.

Rules for Suggesting Books
1. We ask that members only suggest books that reflect the mission of Our Shared Shelf. This includes books that are about gender, sexuality, women, or feminism itself. This is, of course, subjective. Moderators have final approval for all book suggestions, but we plan to include all suggestions on the bookshelf unless blatantly unrelated to the mission of Our Shared Shelf.

2. In keeping with the group rules of Our Shared Shelf, as well as Goodreads policy in general, authors are prohibited from suggesting their own books under any circumstances. Any such suggestions will be removed without warning. This goes for publishers and other professionally related entities as well.

The Book Suggestions folder will continue to be in use for threads that organize book suggestions by genre, topic, etc. Before you create a new topic for book suggestions of a certain type, please check to be sure that there isn't already a thread for that genre/subject/topic by either scrolling through the threads in the book suggestions folder manually or by using the search bar to the right of the discussion board.

Thanks so much to Astrid for maintaining the old Master List that predated the use of the bookshelf for suggestions. We appreciate your work!

message 2: by Cathrine (new)

Cathrine | 12 comments I am using your bookshelf "to-read" (many thanks) as a means to look up if the books are available at the libraries where I live.
I have noticed several duplicates, something you might want to edit. Goodreads has a duplicate finder that is simple to use.
Also, I find it a bit strange that there are some books written in french and (i think) spanish in the shelf. Why not add them to a different bookshelf that excludes english titles instead? Or - if the book is available in english - change the current version into the english one.

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MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Meelie wrote: "Hi Catherine.

Is it possible that the duplicates are different editions? Different editions sometimes have different/updated info. There’s no physical way to add the same book twice - Goodreads ma..."

This really would make it easier - and I think many moderators would really like to see the advantages of changing the system in that way.

message 4: by Cathrine (new)

Cathrine | 12 comments Meelie wrote: "Hi Catherine.

Is it possible that the duplicates are different editions? Different editions sometimes have different/updated info. There’s no physical way to add the same book twice - Goodreads ma..."

Regarding the duplicates that might well be the case, namely that the editions are very different. But some duplicates are just in another format. For example "Red Clocks" by Leni Zumas is on the list as a hardcover and as a Kindle edition. "Brave" by Rose McGowan is on the list as an ebook and as a hardcover. It was just something I wanted to acknowledge.

Hopefully Goodreads will pick it up! I don't know how popular the platform is in general but it is definitely a valuable resource in finding groups with similar interests in book topics :)

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Angelisa Russo | 1 comments I wanted to make a suggestion for a forthcoming book that will be released in February 2020:

Many Restless Concerns by Gayle Brandeis:

It's a novel in prose poems that gives voice to the hundreds of girls and women killed by Countess Erzsébet Báthory of Hungary between 1585 and 1609. The ghosts of these girls and women speak in chorus, compelling us to bear witness to the violence enacted against them, and to share their quest for justice—not only for them but for all girls and women to come.

There's more info on the publisher's page here about the author and a brief excerpt: https://www.blacklawrence.com/welcome...

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Peter | 66 comments This will be too new for OSS for now, but for those who were inspired by Valerie Hudson's Sex and World Peace, she and her colleagues are coming out with a follow-up book in February: The First Political Order: How Sex Shapes Governance and National Security Worldwide:


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Michelle Penelope King (michellepking) | 4 comments Hi all,

I work for UN Women and I am the author of The Fix: Overcome the invisible barriers that hold women back at work. Two of your members nominated my book.

I just wanted to let you know I can provide an advanced copy of the book for consideration. The book is out in March 3rd in time for International women's day. My email is michelle@michellepking.com

Below is an overview of the book based on my PhD research. Please let me know if you need anything else.


See the truth behind what’s holding women back at work
From Lean In to #Girlboss to Nice Girls Don't Get the Corner Office, women are told that if they want to succeed at work, they need to fix themselves. Lean in, don't lean out. Be a fighter and a rule-breaker to be a #Girlboss. Stop being nice and start acting like a man.

But now Michelle King — gender equality expert and Head of The Global Innovation Coalition for Change at UN Women — is calling BS on books and programs that tell women they need to change to be successful. She has seen over and over again, through her partnerships with major Fortune 500 companies like HP, SAP, and General Electric and her work with women nationwide, that the tired advice of fixing women isn't fixing anything. The truth is that workplaces are gendered — they were designed by men for men — and unless you're Don Draper, there are hidden barriers in place that are holding you back.

Based on King's more than 16 years of research and exclusive interviews with major companies and thought leaders, THE FIX: Overcome the Invisible Barriers that Hold Women Back at Work reveals the truth behind what's holding women back at work and provides a clear roadmap for women to navigate the flawed workplace to find success on their own terms. King's research reveals that the one thing hold women back above all else is gender denial. By denying gender inequality, we're preventing women and minorities from getting to that corner office.

In this book, King reveals the hidden factors that women encounter at work every day, but don't even see. Because of ingrained gender stereotypes, women who speak up or assert themselves are seeing as pushy. Women who ask for a pay raise are difficult. Women who spend hours networking don't get the same career benefits as men do. Unlike men, women cannot just go to work, do their jobs and expect to advance. Fixing women isn't the answer — women aren't broken. Women are capable, innovative, team players, and exceptional leaders. Women deserve workplaces that support, enable and encourage them to succeed.

By elucidating the hidden barriers that are holding women back at all stages of their career, THE FIX: Overcoming the Invisible Barriers that are Holding Women Back at Work provides women — and male allies — with a clear set of take-aways to thrive despite the inherently gendered workplace, and a plan to bring about change from within.

Gender equality is not about women, and it is not about men — it is about making workplaces work for everyone. Together, we can fix work, not women.

message 8: by Jane (new)

Jane Brenner | 1 comments Lost in the Reflecting Pool

Hello, I would like to suggest this powerful memoir I've just read. I saw it was recently on a list of the top 13 Inspirational Memoirs About Strong Women, and think it would be a fantastic read.

Thank you!

message 9: by Laura-marie (new)

Laura-marie | 1 comments There is a book that I would really like to recommend, this lady wrote two books, both true, but the one I like to recommend is
"To War With Whitaker : The Wartime Diaries of the Countess of Ranfurly 1939-45"
ISBN: 0-434-00224-0.
Written by, Hermione, Countess of Ranfurly.

It's a war story but from a wife's point of view and all measures she will take to be with her husband, no matter what your status was, war affected everyone during this period. These diary entries when I read them sees little comical pieces that happened, how easy it is to lose people but hard to let go. A piece of history that cannot be dismissed from an honest woman. I am not sure if you can order it in book stores, but I was given this book by someone who helped me piece together some of the people's lives in my father's family tree.

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Charlotte Grady | 5 comments Suggesting Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid for a 2020 book pick. Such a Fun Age

From Entertainment Weekly: "Fun Age untangles the troubled dynamic between Alix, a white woman in her early 30s curating a profitable lifestyle brand online, and her 2-year-old daughter Briar’s babysitter, Emira, a 25-year-old black woman figuring out her next step. Reid, a former nanny, proves immediately interested in themes of child care and ownership, but kicks things into a new gear after Emira is racially profiled at a grocery store late one night when a security guard detains her and accuses her of kidnapping Briar."

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Amber Grey | 1 comments I would really like to read "An American Marriage"

An American Marriage

message 13: by Will (last edited Jan 13, 2020 03:42PM) (new)

Will Harrison (meowking) | 9 comments I'm gonna read God Save the Queens: the Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop by Kathy Iandoli & would love for y'all to join me! :D

God Save the Queens The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop by Kathy Iandoli

God Save the Queens: The Essential History of Women in Hip-Hop

I think this book is going to give us an invaluable compendium of stories of women of color in a wonderful genre which tragically has had a history of sexism & misogyny. With these stories we'll be able to appreciate the integral role that women played in the birth of hip hop & continue to play in its growth around the world.

Emma I would love to do a free astrological reading for you! :D My email's williamharrison@live.com to set up your reading. :)

If another moderator sees my invitation to Emma could you please pass it along? I appreciate it & I think she would too! :)

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I would love to suggest a book, for next up-coming month, if not already chosen of course

Haruki Murakami

Men Without Women

Love you all, wish you the best for The New Year!

message 15: by Irfan (new)

Irfan Khan (miseenplace) | 2 comments I want to say that it's an amazing book and I'll suggest to all my known and authors, bloggers to read this amazing book.

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Thanks Irfan for the second voice and thanks maria for the book 🙏🏻🙏🏻 I will try with that too, to improve more on feminism... I’m such a Noobi 🙈🙈

message 18: by Will (last edited Jan 13, 2020 03:58PM) (new)

Will Harrison (meowking) | 9 comments The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir is already on the shelf (as it should be) but a new audiobook was just crafted from the translation made in 2011 by Constance Borde & Sheila Malovany-Chevallier; this translation is the first completely unabridged translation of the Second Sex ever done into English adding mountains more material that de Beauvoir communicated in her original French version but which was left out of the previous English versions of The Second Sex.

This audiobook is an incredible opportunity for those of us who love literature but find it difficult to sit down & read! :D It's almost 40 hours long as an audiobook & thus it's obviously a huge book; this is a massive undertaking but I think we should tackle it as a book club, perhaps over four months.

This is one of the core, seminal works in feminist literature & this new audiobook presents even more phenomenal incentive for us to dive into the mind of de Beauvoir & see women from her perspective including in-depth & thoughtful analyses of the history, physiology, psychology & social standing of womankind.

To interact with de Beauvoir's poignant reflections, observations & conclusions of what it is to be, or as she would say to "become," a woman would be a truly worthwhile endeavor.

The Second Sex

Emma I would love to do a free astrological reading for you! :D My email's williamharrison@live.com to set up your reading. :)

If another moderator sees my invitation to Emma could you please pass it along? I appreciate it & I think she would too! :)

message 19: by Roy (new)

Roy | 4 comments I have recently read a debut book by the author, Vandana Singh-Lal, called So All Is Peace. I was very deeply moved by it. It is a very evocative portrayal of women in India but it is also a kind of literary thriller like Julia Phillips' Disappearing Earth. I would like to recommend So All Is Peace by Vandana Singh-Lal

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Zsuzsa Márton | 2 comments I would like to suggest Motherhood by Sheila Heti.

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Ally | 2 comments “Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvellous adventures that anyone can have.”

-Lloyd Alexander

Hey There!

I hope you and your family is safe during this time of crisis. I recently made an online book chatting website called- http://book-talks.com. Book-Talks is a platform where passionate readers like you and me and book readers from around the world can come and chat about their favourite books. For e.g. If you’ve read the very famous book then why not chat about the book with readers who have read the same book – share your thoughts on the book, the best moments and scenes in the book, post a fan edit for a part of the book you liked or disliked or even share some real-life experiences that you can easily relate with the book. I really really wish you would check Book-Talks and contribute in its aim for connecting book readers all over the world. Lastly, as said by Lloyd Alexander books are the best form of an adventure then why not share your adventure with others and also be of their adventures.

(PS: Thank you for spending your precious time reading this message. Everyone starts with that one subscriber, one follower and today I am doing that with my site so the biggest thank you to the very first visitors of my website. I Pinkie Promise that you will love Book-Talks and Book-Talks loves you back for visiting it.... Thanks again!! Have a wonderful day!)

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Donata (darkinvenice) | 1 comments Hi, I would like to recommend the book "Stitched Up: The Anti-Capitalist Book of Fashion" by Tansy E. Hoskins. I am reading it now, it is fascinating and packed with valuable information about the cost of fashion and the industrial part of it. I believe it is very in line with Emma's approach towards fashion and sustainability.
I wish to share it with more people. Hope you will consider it!

message 24: by Julia (new)

Julia | 6 comments Irfan wrote: "I want to say that it's an amazing book and I'll suggest to all my known and authors, bloggers to read this amazing book."

Thank you! I suggested this book many times in various threads and was about to write the title down here, too 🙂. I am glad someone else suggested it too, seeing as there are so many debates regarding the difference between the sexes going on in the group, I think it is a great read to put some things into perspective.

message 25: by Lindsay (last edited Aug 19, 2020 06:35AM) (new)

Lindsay Preston (lindsayprestonf) | 2 comments I highly recommend Duty and Desire by debut author Anju Gattani.
It is like THE HENNA ARTIST but from the Royal Maharani’s perspective.

message 26: by Angelina (last edited Aug 20, 2020 01:42AM) (new)

Angelina Souren (angelinasouren) | 4 comments Has anyone recommended Sue Lloyd-Roberts' "The war on women. And the brave ones who fight back." yet? Simon & Schuster.

Also of interest, perhaps particularly for readers in the UK, is this:
Manjoo, Rashida. 2015. Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, Addendum. Mission to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. United Nations, General Assembly. A/HRC/29/27/Add.2. https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC...

NGOs in the UK told this rapporteur that there were “serious concerns about the problematic narratives surrounding violence against black and minority ethnic women and girls.” “This then ignores the harms emanating from other sexist practices that are prevalent in the United Kingdom, and which impact women and girls of all ethnic and racial backgrounds.“

“a 2014 Europe-wide survey on violence against women found that 29 per cent of respondents in the United Kingdom had experienced physical and/or sexual violence committed by a current and/or previous partner since the age of 15. This is above the European Union average for the survey, which was 22 per cent.”

message 27: by Angelina (last edited Aug 21, 2020 06:03AM) (new)

Angelina Souren (angelinasouren) | 4 comments Paul wrote: "cyber security company establish strong internal security culture to provide convenience so that your devices can identify and respond to threats."

Here are some links about flaws in PayPal:


Have a good weekend.

message 28: by RandomReader (last edited Sep 20, 2020 08:46PM) (new)

RandomReader | 1 comments I have to recommend this ancient Assyria historical fiction novel, Queen of Assyria by I.V. Younan: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5...

The book revolves around the misfortunes and victories of a strong female lead, a real-life figure who became the queen of one of the world's first major empires: Assyria.

Assyrians are an indigenous, persecuted, Christian ethnic minority from the Middle East. Almost no one knows the modern-day people still exist and while this book focuses on their ancestors, I think it is a fun way to start learning about them. Please check it out and spread the word. Thanks and have a blessed day.

message 29: by Adrienne (new)

Adrienne | 11 comments Katelyn wrote: "Hello all,

We're implementing a new system for recommending books!

How To Suggest a Book

1. **Check if the book you would like to suggest is already on the shelf.** It will make moderators' j..."

I recommend Indigenous Feminism Colonial Complexities by Marlene E. McKay

message 31: by Yanik (new)

Yanik Gagnon | 1 comments Hello all,
I've recently finished "The Pearl that Broke Its Shell" by Nadia Hashimi. It was such an eyeopening novel.

"In Kabul, 2007, with a drug-addicted father and no brothers, Rahima and her sisters can only sporadically attend school, and can rarely leave the house. Their only hope lies in the ancient custom of bacha posh, which allows young Rahima to dress and be treated as a boy until she is of marriageable age. As a son, she can attend school, go to the market, and chaperone her older sisters.

But Rahima is not the first in her family to adopt this unusual custom. A century earlier, her great-great grandmother, Shekiba, left orphaned by an epidemic, saved herself and built a new life the same way.

Crisscrossing in time, The Pearl the Broke Its Shell interweaves the tales of these two women separated by a century who share similar destinies. But what will happen once Rahima is of marriageable age? Will Shekiba always live as a man? And if Rahima cannot adapt to life as a bride, how will she survive?"

message 32: by Madeleine (new)

Madeleine Jackson | 1 comments Hi All , I just joined goodreads few days ago.

A book I would suggest that helps positivity for women during this challenging time is Ancient Book of Fertility, Self-Healing, Abundance & Good Fortune
Ancient Book of Fertility, Self-Healing, Abundance & Good Fortune by Andy Kunz

I love this book because this had helped me stay positive with this hard times, depression , and loosing my job

message 33: by Sihle (new)

Sihle | 1 comments I would love to recommend a memoir called Life’s Not Yoga by Jacqui Burnett. This book is inspirational and powerful where this woman tells the story of overcoming 9 near death experiences. It’s in how she does inquiry on herself, unravels layers of herself and works towards finding love in the chaos of life. I enjoyed the nature and style of her writing. It’s amazing and such a page turner.

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