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review 2016-10-01 08:54
The Black Woman Lives
The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration - Isabel Wilkerson

I did not want this book to end. For twenty hours I was just listening and enjoying the stories and then I noticed it was almost over. Sadness. 

 

You should definitely read this.

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review 2015-01-13 15:37
Given Up
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women - Susan Faludi

I got on page 58 in two months. DNF.

 

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review 2015-01-03 15:35
Curly Girl: The Handbook - Lorraine Massey
Curly Girl: The Handbook (Expanded 2nd edition) - Lorraine Massey,Michele Bender

As other reviewers have already written, the practical tips in this book are good, the rest isn't. The "Curl Confession" sections -- and there are loads -- are childhood memories of hair abuse and hair-shaming. This entire books appears to be aimed towards those closeted curlies (she actually writes at one point: "It's not enough to admit you're not straight") who straighten their hair every day and by every means they have at their disposal.

Even those with straight hair know that blow-drying -- or as Massey prefers to call it "blow-frying" -- is bad. The most useful bits in this book are the sections to help you identify your curl, tips on how to wash it, the do's and don'ts and some hairstyles perhaps. Some do's/don'ts are tailored for long hair only, others solely for short.

The overall tone of being a closeted curly girl (what about men?!) is obnoxious. A 12-Step Programme? Really?! Ah well, the Curly Girl method is good, but as someone who hasn't brushed, blowdried, straightened or over-shampoo'ed her hair in a futile attempt to have hair as shiny and straight as any fashion model, since I was 16 and who hasn't suffered through traumatising events of abuse by the deadly hands of a horrible straight-haired hair stylist (i.e. getting a haircut), this book is not worth the money and hardly worth the time. You can summarise it in a few short guidelines, which you can find online a thousand times for free.

I was tempted to give it 1 star, but it's core message: the Curly Girl method, the information about curly vs straight hair (biologically speaking) and some of the DIY homemade recipes allowed for the extra star.

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text 2014-12-16 16:38
Reading progress update: I've read 21 out of 546 pages.
Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women - Susan Faludi

I managed to get through the Finnish foreword, and I'm sure there are many pertinent facts in this book. But if the original author's style is anything like the translators, I'm going to be overdosing my quota for preachiness within a few pages.

 

In fact, I think I already did.

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review 2014-12-02 16:03
Rory Gilmore Challenge + : Autobiography of a Face
Autobiography of a Face - Lucy Grealy

I noticed I'd skipped reading this book in my Atlas Shrugged haze, so I decided to catch up. And there was really nothing there in this book for me.

 

I do realise that this is a book about a face, and a young woman who survived a childhood cancer only to have her the rest of her life dictated by the scars it left behind, but I honestly wasn't expecting this book to be so superficial.

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