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review 2018-01-06 22:53
A book of stories about the female experience with a powerful voice
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories - Carmen Maria Machado

I finally read this celebrated book, and it’s quite a read. It’s all at once devastating, complicated, weird, queer, scary, sometimes funny, and the writing was always beautiful. Machado has written about the female experience in a number of different stories, some I enjoyed vastly more than others, some captivating me, a couple dragged on a bit. But this is unlike anything I’ve read before. A book YOU should probably all read! 

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review 2017-07-05 23:20
Her Body and Other Parties: Dark, feminist, erotica, body horror (yes, that's apparently a thing).
Her Body and Other Parties: Stories - Carmen Maria Machado

I didn't realize you could blend erotica, feminism, and body horror until I read this collection, and now I find myself wondering why this combination hasn't been in my life sooner. Machado has created one of the creepiest story collections I've ever read, and it is made all the more disturbing by not shying away from feminist themes. This deft blending of genres is perfect for exploring topics like the relationships women have with their bodies, and how those bodies are treated by others and society at large. Using both old familiar stories, like The Husband Stitch, and new ones, like Eight Bites, these stories scared me and made me think. If you're a fan of horror you should absolutely give this collection a read.


Story By Story Impressions and Thoughts:
The Husband Stitch - Brought new life to the old story of the woman who wears a ribbon around her neck.
Inventory - An exploration of sexuality, and sexual encounters, and how those make us human and inform our sense of the world and self.
Mothers - Themes of motherhood, and what that does and does not mean for different people.
Especially Heinous - A dark supernatural re-magining of every episode of SVU, which made me actually want to sit down and watch SVU.
Real Women Have Bodies - Dealt deftly with the visibility of women in society, ideas about beauty, and how appearance and presence are often enmeshed in our culture.
Eight Bites - A story with a heart that revolves around body image and how many women hinge so much of their happiness on being thin.
The Resident - Memory a moving target in this story as it addresses how the damages of the past show their scars on our art and our present.
Difficult at Parties - A gut wrenching look at some of the shadows sexual assault casts across one's sexual landscape in the aftermath.

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text 2017-05-14 23:59

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review 2016-11-10 17:30
Dragons love Tacos
Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin (unknown Edition) [Paperback(2012)] - Adam Rubin

Written by: Adam Rubin 

Illustrated by: Daniel Salmieri 


This book made me laugh out loud from beginning to end. It is about all the different kinds of tacos that dragons like. This is especially important information for those who are hosting their very first party for dragons. But beware: they hate spicy salsa! So don't bring any of it to the party. What could possibly go wrong with spicy salsa... 


I think this book is good for 2nd and 3rd graders. I would use this as a fun book where the students could plan their own party with a certain animal! They could then mention all the different types of food that animal likes and dislikes. It would be like a mini story the students could write and share with the class. 

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review 2016-08-19 05:00
How to Talk to Girls At Parties - The Graphic Novel
How to Talk to Girls at Parties - Fábio Moon,Gabriel Bá,Neil Gaiman

I listened to this in an audio collection of Gaiman's stories once and found this graphic novel representation on par to that listening experience.  I don't mean to toot my own horn...but I think I've got a pretty ok imagination, and Gabriel Bà's illustrations of the girls, the party and the experience were all vivid representations perfectly matching the feeling I got from listening to the story.  The huge slightly unfocused (or focused on things far beyond my reckoning) eyes of the partying girls, even the various rooms or stages of the house and beyond are beautiful, alien and slightly scary.


Nice short graphic novel with beautiful colors and details that will absorb readers for days.

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