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review 2018-11-09 18:11
All the Happy Endings - and the power of popular culture
All the Happy Endings - Helen Papashvily All the Happy Endings - Helen Papashvily

If popular culture weren't so politically powerful, we wouldn't have so much of it.

 

I read All the Happy Endings as part of the research for my master's thesis, and it was one of those old books that I could never find a copy of for myself.  So I brazenly photocopied it.  Now that I'm scanning these photocopies into PDF format, I'm taking another look at some of my notes, too.

 

Papashvily focuses on the "domestic novels" of the 19th century, but also on the writers and the readers.  She sees enormous social and -- more important -- political impact from these seemingly harmless tales.  She claims they were in essence guidelines for domestic revolution.

 

If indeed they were, but if their influence only went as far as a revolution confined to the private space of hearth and home, did they encourage women to become independent, or did they instead reinforce the patriarchal status quo by making women believe in an illusion of domestic - and therefore matrimonial -- power?

 

There has been so much talk lately about why women -- and yes specifically white women -- so often vote against their own best interests.  It may in fact be that they aren't, because those women have a very different definition of their own best interests.  And that definition may lie in some -- but not necessarily all -- of those happy endings.

 

Shelved for a re-read.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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quote 2018-04-30 07:29
But I had noticed lately that happy endings can be hard to come by.
Sam's Letters to Jennifer - James Patterson

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review 2018-01-11 00:00
Happy Endings Book Club Boxed Set Books 1-3
Happy Endings Book Club Boxed Set Books 1-3 - Kylie Gilmore A person has to be made of stone to not find pleasure in the irresistible world that is Kylie Gilmore.

Hidden Hollywood - The Happy Endings Book Club series begins on a high note with this energetic, playful and sincere bundle of feel good fun. An addiction to books and romance helped reel me in because any lover of books I would gladly befriend. Behind the glamour and wealth of big city lives, Claire and Jake have a simpleness on their minds. Matchmaking, a little slight of hand and let the masquerade begin.

Inviting Trouble -
Once a Kylie Gilmore fan, there is no escape. Inviting Trouble is just another reason why resistance is futile. How can you help but love an author that uses charm and humor to deliver relevant advice? Did I mention she’s does all this while stealing your heart? The lesson: Every color is special, don't be afraid to let them shine through. I just lost another little piece of my heart and I'm so okay with that.

So Revealing continues to play up the value of friendship and family while cluing in the clueless males of the Campbell brood. Ty is an idiot at times, but his pursuit of Charlotte helped him rise to the rank of lovable goofball in my eyes. Charlotte needed to lighten up her outlook and Ty was just the person to help her do that. If laughter is the best medicine, I would gladly take a double dosage, as long as Kylie Gilmore is holding the spoon.
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review 2017-10-30 02:22
Mess With Me (Happy Endings Book Club) by Kylie Gilmore
Mess With Me (Happy Endings Book Club, Book 6) - Kylie Gilmore

 

The forecast is perfect for a total eclipse of the heart.  Mess With Me has everything I've come to expect from Kylie Gilmore.  Charming characters, hysterical antics and a whole lot of laughter pave the way to a happy ending.  Second chances, surprise romances and the welcome arms of family are instrumental to a heartwarming tale of love and fun.

 

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review 2017-03-05 17:54
End of series, quick read
Endings and Beginnings: A Risqué Regency Romance (The Gypsy Gentlemen Book 3) - Sahara Kelly

This is a second chance after many years. Annabelle had to run for her life, leaving Fabyan behind. They find each other again and realize their feelings have not changed. There are surprises and danger aplenty on the way to their HEA. There are story lines from the previous stories which get wrapped up in this book. This is a quick read.

I received a copy of this story through Candid Book Reviews, and this is my unsolicited review.

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