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For Those “End of Days” Days (aka After Reading The News)

Recommending Tracy K. Smith’s Life on Mars is not a revelation. Smith has been US Poet Laureate since 2017, and this particular collection won the 2012 Pulitzer in poetry.

By Meredith Westgate

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The Whole Hog

Roald Dahl paperbacks were one of my childhood cornerstones, along with Barbie dolls, stirrup leggings, and ABC’s TGIF lineup. While Miller-Boyett sitcoms and perma-curled dolls’ bangs aligned perfectly with the ’90s mood du jour, Dahl’s novels, like so many of my favorite books, felt temporally transportive.

by Roxanne Fequiere

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Life Lessons

My book club selects each month’s title via online survey, so it’s pure coincidence that we ended up reading another school-focused narrative—in this case, Tara Westover’s Educated. Perhaps “school-focused” isn’t the right word to describe Westover’s memoir.

by Roxanne Fequiere

 
 
 
 

You Will Not Own a Porsche One Day 

In the garage of my childhood home is a large blown-up magazine story from Porsche Excellence Magazine mounted on a laminated plaque profiling the black Porsche my immigrant father had restored in his auto body shop. …

by Nicole Skibola

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Course Discussion

In addition to reading one book a week this year, I’ve been reading two additional titles each month in my capacity as a member of two book clubs. …

by Roxanne Fequiere

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Early Reading Redux: Nancy Drew Mystery Stories

Is it any wonder that a voraciously curious, whip-smart young woman in search of answers—no matter the dark paths they lead her down—feels like the heroine we desperately need in the constantly swirling chaos of 2018?


by Olivia Aylmer

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Rebel Girls in Distress

 

Elizabeth Gurley Flynn spoke publicly for the first time in 1906, at the age of 15. This “mere slip of a girl” delivered a simple and radical message ...

 

by R.H. Lossin

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The Cult of the Authoress

 

Renata Adler’s two novels—Speedboat and Pitch Dark, published in 1976 and 1983...

 

by Roxanne Fequiere

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On Crushes and Conversations

 

Alexa and Drew, the two main characters of Jasmine Guillory’s The Wedding Date meet less than a page into the book’s first chapter.  ...

 

by Roxanne Fequiere

 
 

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In Defense of Froth

 

I wandered out of my room after powering through the second half of Valley of The Dolls, mildly dazed. It was my own fault, really ...

 

by Roxanne Fequiere

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Like Clockwork

 

Yanking the smooth black laces taut on each foot, I stood up, wiggled my toes, and shifted my weight. …

 

by Roxanne Fequiere

 

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A Regrettable Read

 

Have you ever looked back on a specific moment in your personal history, and realized, with frightening clarity, exactly how naive you were? 

 

by Roxanne Fequiere

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For Doing the Laundry and Feeling Like a Murderess

 

Alias Grace is an historical novel based on the 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear ...

 

By R.H. Lossin

 

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The GAL BC November Pick: 

 

Good and Mad:

The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger

by Rebecca Traister

 
 
 

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