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review 2017-06-09 20:01
Good info, perhaps too academic
"You're in the Wrong Bathroom!": And 20 ... "You're in the Wrong Bathroom!": And 20 Other Myths and Misconceptions About Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People - Laura A. Jacobs,Laura Erickson-Schroth

As it is now LGBT Pride Month it seemed like this would be a good book to read. In light of the hysteria over transgender people using what bathrooms the title and book seemed quite apt for giving people much needed information. 

 

The book is basically what it says on the tin: the authors look at 21 myths about transgender people. Some are probably familiar to the reader: that transgender people use the "wrong" bathroom if they don't "look" a certain way, that transgender people are mentally ill and the like. And there might be some that are not so obvious: I had never heard of the concept that all transgender people all secretly want to be Barbie or Ken. 

 

So it was a learning experience. Backed by anecdotes, statistical data, research, and historical examples the authors go through and dismantle various myths. Overall the book was informative, even when I was already familiar with the myth. It's also relatively short so if you're looking for a primer for someone (a parent or a friend who wants more information) I think this might be a good pick.

 

There are also resources of sites, groups, organizations, legal resources, etc. that you may find helpful.

 

The only problem I had with the book was that the writing was quite dry and academic. My interest in the subject matter kept me going but I could really only read a few chapters at a time (and the chapters are really not that long at all from a few pages to maybe 7-8). The book runs less than 200 pages including the index, resources, citations, etc. but I personally found the text a little excruciating at times.

 

But that should not be a detriment. As I wrote it's a relatively short book so it shouldn't be too intimidating for a reader who is looking for more information. If you're more familiar with the subject and/or the specific myths addressed by the authors you may feel it's redundant to your own information so those with better/more in-depth knowledge may want to skim this first before deciding if you really want/need the book. But I definitely recommend reading it.

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review 2017-06-02 00:51
Book Tour: Tides (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas) by Natasha S Brown
Tides (Time of Myths: Shapeshifter Sagas Book 2) - Natasha Brown

Leif is on a Viking ship and needs to do the job of getting men on his father's ship. They are to do their job and command and listen to Regina. Leif is having enough of being used by his father. His father really does not care or even think of his boy as his son.

 

Leif picks up two or at least one healers. He thinks it a boy named Aiden. Will he find out the secret that Aiden or so named? Eilish is now trying to keep a secret but will they find out or will it keep. Leif has to decide to help or betray the young man as he plays. Will Leif stand up to his father?

 

Leif now has to protect two of this very good friends. Leif needs to face the truth and be able to live his life. Will Regina beat Leif or will Leif save his love and friend? You need to read to find out and some of the many surprises. Leif has two secrets that are quite something that you will want to find out for yourself.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/06/book-tour-tides-time-of-myths.html
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review 2017-05-30 12:31
The Naked Swiss: The Nation Behind 10 My... The Naked Swiss: The Nation Behind 10 Myths - Clare O'Dea

Clare O'Dea is well poised to write about living in Switzerland, an Irish woman who married a Swiss man who has learned how things work in this country and how, sometimes, democracy isn't fair or just.

 

She likes living there but acknowledges the flaws and issues with some of the past, neutrality, Nazis and sexism are explored and the country sounds like somewhere I wouldn't mind visiting but I'm not sure if I'd like to live there.

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review 2017-04-11 08:00
Myths Of Mish
Myths of Mish (Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles Book 2) - Katie Hamstead

This second installment in the Fairytale Galaxy Chronicles features different characters from The Princess of Tyrone, which I was looking forward to. Meet Hansel and Gretel, ten years after the events in the well known fairytale.

Please let me introduce to you my theory: the real villain in this book is no-one less than: Hansel himself. He's an ass. Acts like an ass for the entire book and I'm supposed to cheer for him? No thank you.

As it might have become clear, I didn't like Hansel as the main character. The other characters only filled the background in my experience. The space travel and the other stories fitted better in this one, since it was not - as far as I could tell - a retelling, but Hansel ruined what could have been a nice story. It felt a bit like there were too many things the author tried to fit into the story, but otherwise I liked it better.

Thanks to the publisher for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2017-04-11 00:00
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
Women Who Run With the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype - Clarissa Pinkola Estés I really liked this. It made me think about things differently. If you don't go into it with an open mind, it might seem nonsense so take the time to just let it sink in instead of putting up a wall to block the message. It's basically about being true to yourself.
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