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review 2018-07-10 04:25
Educated by Tara Westover
Educated - Tara Westover

What else is there to say? This book made me gasp and cringe and shiver. I kept audibly reacting to this book prompting a lot of discussion with my spouse. Westover's was a truly awful experience, vividly rendered in this memoir.

There is much about this book that may seem unbelievable, but I don't doubt that in essence, its true. Many victims go back to their abusers, again and again. It was shocking to find that Westover is a near contemporary of mine, and while I was hunting Pokemon on my GameBoy Color she was dodging iron. Not to mention the scissors. Oh my God the scissors.

This is a one-sitting book, no question about it. I couldn't put it down and you could not get me to shut up about it.

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review 2018-07-09 17:32
DILF Diaries: Oh Baby by Stephanie St. Klaire
DILF Diaries: Oh Baby - Stephanie St. Klaire

 

Jack thinks he has women all figured out, until a baby changes everything. Juliet knows she has Jack figured out, until a baby changes everything. Juliet and Jack are about to learn a valuable lesson about the merits of falling in love. He's clueless. She's judgmental. This playboy is about to get the one thing he's longed for, yet never believed he'd have. A family. St. Klaire makes baby Ramsey the star of the show. She's the link that makes it all make sense for the playboy and his stubborn neighbor. Irresistibly adorable.

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review 2018-07-08 12:49
TO LIVE IS TO ENDURE - AND PREVAIL
You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales - Sheila Nevins

Several weeks ago, I happened to see Sheila Nevins speaking about this book on CSPAN's BOOK TV program. I was so taken in with her presentation that I decided to buy "YOU DON'T LOOK YOUR AGE: And Other Fairy Tales" at the earliest opportunity.

In essence, the book is an amalgamation of short stories and poems through which Sheila Nevins shares with the reader "the real-life challenges of being a woman in a man's world; what it means to be a working mother; what it's like to be an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture; the sometimes changing, often sweet truth about marriages; what being a feminist really means; " the need to identify and be wary of 'frenemies' (enemies pretending to be your friend); "and that you're in good company if your adult children don't return your phone calls." 

I fairly breezed my way through this book and - as a middle-aged man - appreciated the insights Sheila Nevins gave me from her own life. 

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text 2018-07-06 19:18
Unfortunately bad
The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever - Julia Quinn

I've generally enjoyed the Quinn books I've read, but this is a dud. Mismatched couple, dickish dude, doormatty lady. The first act complication -- love interest abandons Miss Cheever, who must weather an unplanned pregnancy alone -- was so awful I was done with main man completely. Second act complication was just stupid. 

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text 2018-06-05 03:03
Reading progress: 80%.
Artificial Condition - Martha Wells

"I probably should have been doing that from the beginning, but you may have noticed that for a terrifying murderbot I fuck up a lot."

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