Emergency Contact

It was, of course, the cover that calmly requested my attention.

I don’t think of myself as a pink and gold person - yet, I must be. But I avoided this book. I avoided it for weeks because I did not want to read a contemporary story. I wanted to read about dragons and pirates who could take me to an imaginary world away from this real one.

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Rebel of the Sands

Rebel of the Sands has been on my TBR list since July 2015, according to my Goodreads account. 

I found my copy in the bargain section of Barnes & Noble. Rarely are there young adult books over that way, but the store near my house has a section for these little beauties now. I threw this one in my basket last minute while walking to the register a few weeks ago. 

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A Manual for Cleaning Women

"Wait. Let me explain...

My whole life I've run into these situations, like that morning with the psychiatrist." 

It catches you off guard, Lucia Berlin's writing. When you read lines like the one above, you feel that she's talking right to you from across the porch while her rocking chair creaks.

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Her Body and Other Parties

Each horrific story within Her Body and Other Parties is a brutal representation of the weight and expectations put on women's bodies and what that weight does to one's well being. 

Carmen Maria Machado's debut is fantastic; each story in her collection reads like having a splinter yanked from your thumb--a terrifying relief.

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Giant Days, Vol. 1

"Home schooled and naive, Daisy Wooton is 50% hair and 100% not ready for this mean old world.

Esther de Groot is pale and interesting. Maybe too interesting.

I, Susan Ptolemy, am a human common sense silo. Without me, they’d probably be dead, in jail, or dead and in jail."

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